HELL IN PARADISE is Arikia Millikan’s debut release in dead-tree book publishing, ten years in the making. It contains eight distinct short stories woven together through the perspective of a visitor who travels to Earth inside the zygote of a human girl and lives between worlds—one the height of first world opulence, the other the site of third world disaster. The stories juxtapose chaos and boredom, decadence and destruction, infatuation and entrapment, boldly prying into the mysteries behind the existence of this improbably conceived guest as she unravels them herself…
Note from the author:
For as long as I can remember, I’ve kept a folder on my computer titled: Unpublished Essays. It grew larger as I grew older, haunting me, mocking me for not being ready to have my words pressed into pages that will outlast my physical being. Since the passing of my father on my 32nd birthday, I have found new motivation to actualize my creative visions.
While the thought of writing a book once paralyzed me, bereavement made everything else in life seem easier by comparison. Desperate to focus on anything but my grief, I decided to catalog my archives of unpublished writing—including over 5,000 pages of handwritten journal entries, digital notes, and the unpublished essays. I re-absorbed the transmissions from my past selves, excavating details of moments otherwise forgotten and creations of my imagination. I kept digging until I emerged with the component parts of over 100 distinct stories, all blends of memory and fantasy.
Living in Berlin has provided me unprecedented access to printing and binding resources, enabling me to handpick every element of publication to ensure quality. I am working with local German bookmakers to produce the first edition releases, all featuring original art from Polish graphic designer Joanna Zofia Krzempek.
Hell in Paradise is available to purchase exclusively via Gumroad while supplies last (softcover: 150 copies; 8-booklet set: 50 copies). Hardcover copies are only available in the Deluxe Edition and by special request. A portion of the proceeds from the Deluxe Edition will go toward supporting independent journalism in Haiti in memoriam of my father.
Order yours today while supplies last! This limited-edition first run is of finite quantity; the number of books available is equal to the number of books being printed. That means that once the books sell out, they are gone. You may not ever have another chance to order one in the future!