Congratulations on the publication of NAKED DEFIANCE: A COMEDY OF MENACE by Patrik Sampler from New Star Books!

NAKED DEFIANCE is the story of a turn–of–the–century radical art group and its charismatic leader, written by one of its members, Florian Moore (probably a pseudonym), and which lands on the desk of novelist / editor Patrik Sampler, tasked with preparing Moore’s manuscript for publication.

Unfolding as a report on an investigation into the death of the group’s leader Ganbold Mirzoyan while in police custody, Naked Defiance is a mystery about a series of public performances staged by the eponymous group, and the increasingly disturbing disruptions that its own interventions become subjected to.


“The truest thing I can say about Naked Defiance is also the best compliment I could give to any novel: Naked Defiance is absolutely unlike anything else I have ever read. Patrik Sampler is astonishing in his originality and in his tough critique of common, complacent ways of living. Wickedly smart and disarmingly funny, Sampler is a writer to watch. His book comes as a welcome and necessary challenge to the miserable logic of capitalism.” -Angie Abdou, author of In Case I Go and This One Wild Life

Patrik Sampler‘s writing has appeared in a variety of publications including The Guardian, The Millions, and The Scofield.  He has been a contributing editor for the surrealist journal Peculiar Mormyrid, and devoted much of a postgraduate degree to the late-career work of Abe Kobo.  Sampler’s climate change novel, The Ocean Container, was published in 2017 by Ninebark Press.

Patrik is represented by Evan Brown.