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Queens of Noise

ISBN: 9781952086014
Binding: Paperback
Author: Leigh Harlen
Pages: 88
Trim: 5.5 x 8.5 inches
Published: 4/5/2020

In Queens of Noise, Mixi fronts the Mangy Rats, a motley found family of queers, crust punks and werecoyotes. Mixi and their band know they’re gonna win the Battle of the Bands final showdown, no matter what it takes. But to make that happen, they’ll also have to contend with poser goths, murderous chickens, and a bullshit corporate takeover ruining the best bar in town.


Leigh Harlen is a queer, non-binary writer who lives and works in Seattle with their partner, a very goofy dog named Anya, and a mischief of rats. Their short fiction has appeared in several magazines and anthologies including Pseudopod, Lost Films, and Shoreline of Infinity. Their non-writing hobbies include petting strangers’ dogs and enthusing about bats. Find them online at or follow them on Twitter @LeighHarlen.


“Beautiful prose, spot-on colourful, descriptive characters packed into an electric, lively novella. I really loved the community and relationship between the characters. I fell hard for the crush between Mixi and R.”—Tlotlo Tsamaase, author of The Silence of the Wilting Skin

“Gorgeous with grit. A yip-yowling punk adventure with funny moments and feeling moments that gush together into a story as rich as your bloodstream.”—Meg Elison, author of The Book of the Unnamed Midwife

“Leigh Harlen’s Queens of Noise is a queer punk power anthem; it sings, it stomps, it pushes you into a bathroom stall and kisses you with tongue (but only with your explicit consent). It’s a queercore dirtbag ballad with sharp teeth and a soft heart.”—Nino Cipri, author of FINNA 

“...readers will appreciate the sensitive, nuanced treatment of the LGBTQ pack members and the moments of humor. Anarchic, bighearted, and fun, this scruffy tale will appeal to fans of urban fantasy and queer paranormal romance...”—Publishers Weekly