Stevan Allred and Sky in the Road

The Alehouse at the End of the World is an old story, a story of a tyrant and a rebellion, of monsters and humans, of love and death. Know this: there are creatures who travel back and forth from the spirit world to the land of the living. There are moments when things both sacred and mundane slip the bounds of time and pass through from one side of the mortal veil to the other–a breath of song, an ancient incantation, a blade, a bucket, a silver chain. Fate demands that it be so and plays an endless game of gods and goddesses, of regents and rebels, of lovers and fools. The coin is tossed, spinning life and death through the air, and here, as the fire burns low and the hour grows late, the telling begins.

This book is Stevan Allred’s bawdy romp through the afterlife, written with the gusto of a great drinking song, and there are actual songs in it. When it came time to do the audiobook, Allred had his recording engineer, Dan Rhiger, do the singing. Join Stevan Allred and Dan Rhiger’s band, Sky in the Road, for an evening of Americana and Celtic music, and songs and readings from The Alehouse at the End of the World.

Join us on Friday July 19 at 6:00 PM as we welcome local author Stevan Allred to discuss his book THE ALEHOUSE AT THE END OF THE WORLD and the Americana and Celtic band SKY IN THE ROAD.

Books are available for purchase at Books Around the Corner now and will also be available at the reading and signing. Email to order a copy today!


“Sparked with risqué humor, the nearly Sisyphian questing of the fisherman devolves into a series of increasingly absurd and astonishing scenarios, all underscored with a strong thematic element of hope. Scholars of myth and lore, and readers prepared to be swept away on someone else’s trip (perhaps of the hallucinogenic variety), will be enthralled.”   —Publishers Weekly

“Richly conceived, enjoyable, and a treat for readers of myths and legends.” —Kirkus Reviews

” The Alehouse at the End of the World weaves together mythic circumstances and language to form a tale of heroism, self-sacrifice, and love that speaks to turbulent times.” — Meagan Logsdon, Foreword Reviews

“The Alehouse at the End of the World will take you on a fast-moving ride through sixteenth century farce with a present tense echo effect. Bard-like in its constellation of bird-gods and rough hewn characters tossed around like breadcrumbs, the epic voyage catches you between laughter and a tear forming at the edge of your eye. Like life does.”
–Lidia Yuknavitch, author of The Book of Joan

“Crows and fishermen, gods and goddesses, love and deceit, boats full of the dead, clams that are much more than clams, an island inside the belly of the beast, and batches and batches of ale. The Alehouse at the End of the World is a comic epic that made me feel like us messy mortals can actually make a difference.” –Yuvi Zalkow, author of A Brilliant Novel in the Works

Stevan Allred lives in Portland, Oregon, halfway between Hav and the Isle of the Dead, which is to say he spends as much time burrowed into his imagination as he possibly can. He is the author of A Simplified Map of the Real World: The Renata Stories, and a contributor to City of Weird: 30 Otherwordly Portland Tales.