Welcome to Eight-Stone Press
From the harbor to the hills, SMILE,
HON, YOU'RE IN BALTIMORE!
collects the tales of those for whom Mobtown has left her indelible mark:
polished, professional essays; barroom sermons delivered from the sanctity of a
favorite stool, the poet's fleeting sentiment captured in both word and snapshot -
a slice of Baltimore as told by Baltimore, all presented with the time-honored,
DIY accessibility of a limited-run, handcrafted zine.
So, come on, Baltimore - what's your story?
If we have your interest, please read on
to see what
other publications have had to say about our wares...
"...features local authors, familiar settings, and wildly different perspectives...
Learn Baltimore's secrets right from the source."
"I've read [Smile, Hon, You're in Baltimore!], and you get a flavor of what Maryland is all about.
It's really cool...I highly recommend that you check it out."
Tony Pann, WBAL-TV Meteorologist
"[HON: PAST, PRESENT & FUTURE] carried my family through many hours at hospice.
It was lovely to read a story of our family aloud to my grandfather as he started his journey to the Spirit World."
Kerry Hawk Lessard
"[HON: PAST, PRESENT & FUTURE is] an interesting and varied read; if you are interested in Baltimore,
culture co-option by capitalist interests and/or Divine/Edith Massey, this zine will be right up your street."
MAXIUMROCKNROLL (#337, June 2011)
"[HON: PAST, PRESENT & FUTURE] speaks to what makes us so protective of local culture and customs and,
in a mere 56 pages, reveals more about the fabric of the city than a rambling treatise ever could.
And that's exactly what we've come to expect from every issue of SMILE, HON."
John Lewis, BALTIMORE MAGAZINE (May 2011)
Smile, Hon very much inhabits its native city,
the publication will appeal to anyone who is compelled by the darkly funny,
serendipitous, sometimes undignified realities of urban existence.
UTNE READER (January/February 2010)
[S]ort of a
hybrid of travel guide and perzine... Every city needs one of these.
ZINE WORLD: A READER'S GUIDE TO THE UNDERGROUND PRESS (#28 - Fall/Winter 2009)
writing from a large selection of people . . .
the whole mood and attitude is "punk" in a non-mainstream
sort of way, and the entire effort is completely DIY. Recommended!
MAXIMUMROCKNROLL (#316 - September 2009)
thought stories about buses and public transit were funny,
they're doubly funny when they are from Baltimore . . . a really fun read.
Danielle Maestretti, UTNE READER (March 2009)
and as hard-boiled as our beautiful city.
Whenever I have out-of-town visitors, I always hand them a copy of
Smile, Hon to introduce them to the "flavor" of Monument City.
THE BALTIMORE DIY SQUAD (March 2009)
Baltimore narrative exists largely outside the official record in that it's
folks sitting on barstools and standing on street corners. That's what makes it
indispensible reading for anyone who appreciates and loves the city, warts and all."
BALTIMORE MAGAZINE ("Best Zine" - August 2008)
really want to understand Charm City and the charming people in it,
you've got to get your hands on a copy of Smile, Hon, You're in Baltimore.
READ STREET (Baltimore Sun Blog - May 2008)
As befits a
Baltimore-based outfit, Smile, Hon zines
can lead to cringing or contemplation with themed issues on crime, vermin, and scars.
Skin Deep is no exception: It treats tattoos in ink-inspired personal essays, poetry,
and sidebars of tattooer interviews that are sometimes amusing, sometimes stomach-turning.
FROM THE STACKS (Utne Reader Online Blog - May 2008)
Baltimore-centric zine is [chock] full of good stories
by people who know how to write...
MAXIMUMROCKNROLL (#298 - March 2008)
relentlessly engaging zine reflects aspects of city life often overlooked by
Editor William P. Tandy understands how seemingly small moments help define an urban
experience that can be bewildering and complex in ways both tangible and intangible . . .
And the smile is often one of resignation.
BALTIMORE MAGAZINE (February 2008)
and simple eloquence of the writing perfectly conveys the ethos of
living in a tough yet forgiving city
THE URBANITE (September 2007)
Baltimore, a machete still is cause for capital letters...
UTNE READER (September/October 2007)
gem collects local crime stories submitted mainly by readers of both
The results are, by turns, harrowing and hilariousslices of urban life that, most likely,
never made the papers but made for a good tale on a barstool...
Youll have to read the zine to find out what happens, but like a number of these stories,
it speaks to the small town feeling that still exis ts in parts of the city.
BALTIMORE MAGAZINE (August 2007)
-- it's all weird/funny/true stories of crimes that happened in
POP CANDY (USA Today Blog - July 2007)
[S]urprisingly fascinating, consistently
and often weird as hell . . . Baltimore at its bizarre best.
BALTIMORE CITY PAPER
stories, Baltimore's magic springs from everyday revelations, casual
and a peculiarly provincial brand of working-class sadness,
wrapped up in both urban decay and local pride. Through it all
Smile Hon revels in Baltimore's every eccentricity.
Xiao-Bo Yuan, THE JOHNS HOPKINS NEWS-LETTER
add a great deal of dimension to a multi-faceted city
in which I've been fortunate enough to have a number of memorable experiences,
making me eager to go back for some more.
Tom Crites, PANISCUS REVUE
the mace and watch out for gentrification.
Yet another fine collection of tales about living in Baltimore.
Logan Bay, QUIMBY'S
In terms of
local tales, Smile Hon is the literary equivalent of the Sizzler All-U-Can-Eat
It's bountiful and bursting at the seams with delicious morsels . . .
Ali Fenwick, THE JOHNS HOPKINS NEWS-LETTER
captures Baltimore's grit and glitter, horror and heroes.
Heath Row, ZINE WORLD: A Reader's Guide to the Underground Press
nothing about Baltimore, and since the few pages I've read out of this so
all concern the crime situation down there, all I can say is: Thank goodness.
Jeff Somers, THE INNER SWINE
have caused a bit of a stir in my office . . .
Martin O'Malley, [former] Mayor of Baltimore [now Governor of Maryland]