Survival House: Stories

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Short-listed, 2018 International Rubery

Book Award for Fiction

“Explosively imaginative." -Sharona Muir
Cover of book Survival House by short story author Wendell Mayo

Wendell Mayo is a native of Corpus Christi, Texas. He is author of five collections of short stories, recently Survival House with SFASU Press in 2018. His other collections are The Cucumber King of Kedainiai, winner of the Subito Press Award for Innovative Fiction; Centaur of the North (Arte Público Press), winner of the Aztlán Prize and finalist in the Associated Writing Programs Award Series in Short Fiction; B. Horror and Other Stories (Livingston Press); and a novel-in-stories, In Lithuanian Wood (White Pine Press), which appeared in Lithuanian translation as Vilko Valanda [Engl: Hour of the Wolf] with Mintis Press in Vilnius. His chapbook of four stories, When the Moon Was Ours for the Taking, appeared with CutBank Books. Over one-hundred of his short stories have appeared widely in magazines and anthologies, including Yale Review, Harvard Review, Manoa, Missouri Review, Boulevard, New Letters, Threepenny Review, Indiana Review, and Chicago Review. He is recipient of a National Endowment for the Arts Creative Writing Fellowship, a Fulbright to Lithuania (Vilnius University), two Individual Excellence Awards from the Ohio Arts Council, and a Master Fellowship from the Indiana Arts Commission.

My Books

The Cucumber King of Kedainiai

B. Horror and Other


Centaur of the North

When the Moon Was Ours

for the Taking

In Lithuanian Wood

Vilko valanda

(Trans. of In Lithuanian Wood)

Survival House

"From the ruins of a Soviet nuclear facility emerges an epiphany about the global violence’s source in the human heart. With satirical and lyric virtuosity, Mayo conjures an essential wonder: 'we were connected to things we could scarcely imagine.'"

Sharona Muir

Author of Invisible Beasts


Next Event
Wendell Mayo Inducted into Texas Institute of Letters
I'll be inducted into the Texas Institute of letters and appearing at the Awards Banquet with other 2019 Inductees in McAllen, Texas! The Awards Banquet is open to the public. To register for the Awards Banquet, see
Apr 27, 2019, 7:00 PM
Ruby Red Room, Casa de Palmas Hotel,
101 N Main St, McAllen, TX 78501, USA