Oct 26: Madam Velvet’s Cabaret of Oddities

A curious new collection of flash fiction by Nancy Stohlman!

With original music by Nick Busheff! 

      Book release and performance

Madam Velvet’s Cabaret of Oddities

October 26, 2018

Save the Date!!

Mad V Front Cover

Did you like The Monster Opera? I’ve teamed up again with composer Nick Busheff and a cast of characters you will recognize along with some special guests (to be announced!) to launch my new book, Madam Velvet’s Cabaret of Oddities, into the world! Thank classic vaudeville, think weird carnival, think clowns, traveling medicine shows, ringmasters and sideshow barkers! With all new original music by Nick Busheff! Signed books will be available! Costumes encouraged!

Tickets $10 in advance ($12 at the door)–on sale now!
Mercury Cafe Ballroom (upstairs)
2199 California Street
7:00 pm

Friday, October 26, 2018



**Don’t live in Denver? Madam Velvet’s Cabaret of Oddities books will be available online earlier in October, stay tuned!

“Here we are in a house of mirrors, where we meet the microfiction reflections cast by a host of intriguing characters with cracked sensibilities—and we meet the entertaining Nancy Stohlman herself, in all her guiles and guises, a word magician dancing us around the stage of her glittering cabaret. This book is brilliant performance art on the printed page.”~James Thomas, coeditor of the WW Norton’s Flash Fiction books

“Madam Velvet, Hah!  This Cabaret of Oddities is pure Stohlman–wild world records, mothers as clowns, circus performers like the ape lady, the human pincushion, and dog-faced boy– topped by the Fantasy Hand Job Brothel.  We will all be returning to this startling and outrageous collection for years to come. ” ~Pamela Painter, author of Ways to Spend the Night

“Nancy Stohlman’s writing is so damn sharp here. And each of these shards that make up Madam Velvet’s Cabaret of Oddities is connected by this silly-sad-hopeful-absurd-melancholic web that catches everything you do not want, and you’ll find yourself longing for what’s not caught. But you will end up caught in the web too, with all of that mess. I’ve never read a book like this, and I’m excited to hear all of the conversations surrounding it.” ​~Steven Dunn, author of Water and Power and Potted Meat

“Madam Velvet’s Cabaret of Oddities’ is a work of irrepressible imagination, bawdy, dire, and endlessly appealing. It’s also a memoir by means of dissociation–an exercise that goes to the heart of fiction, and anyone alive.”~Robert Shapard, Coeditor W.W. Norton anthology series in Sudden and Flash Fiction

“Nancy Stohlman writes all of her stories with moxie and flare, and her singular verve vibrates through her latest collection. She takes the reader on a carnivalesque but touching ride through a hall of mirrors that includes misfits, eccentrics, and outcasts. Be careful to look twice through the mirrors in these stories because there is always more to see.” ~Grant Faulkner, co-founder of 100 Word Story and author of Fissures, a collection of 100-word stories


Friday, Sept 15: “Femme Fatale” at La Cour 7-10 pm

La Cour Sept 15


June 11: Vintage Jazz Brunch at La Cour


Sunday, June 11, 2017


La Cour Art Bar

1643 S. Broadway
Denver, CO 80210

Best known for their popular lounge act Kinky Mink, this duo serves up sultry, swanky jazz classics along with their unique brand of modern and original music.  Inspired by iconic American musical culture in the tradition of Marilyn Monroe and the Rat Pack to The Fabulous Baker Boys and Jessica Rabbit, sparkling elegance and fun is their trademark

Go To Hell, My Love (Official Video)

The Party’s Over (Official Video)

Kinky Mink Promo: Dirty Deeds