Desolation of Avenues Untold by Brandon Hobson

ISBN: 978-1-937865-48-1
306 pages
Release Date: August 25, 2015

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Los Angeles –A private collection of films involving the famous actor Charlie Chaplin was uncovered on Monday, according to numerous sources.

A reel of Chaplin’s private home films, including a sexual encounter containing over 30 minutes of footage, had been stored for many years in Switzerland in the basement of Anton Bon Scott, a former friend of Chaplin’s. The acclaimed actor evidently kept private films of his sexual encounters throughout his life and asked Mr. Scott to preserve them after Chaplin’s death.

The private reel is the only film unseen by anyone other than Chaplin and perhaps a few others. “They’re somewhere in the middle of nowhere,” sources state. “They’re in Texas, I think. They’re not here in L.A.”

Film historians have described the discovery as “priceless.”

Desolation of Avenues Untold is enthralling on multiple levels: as a mystery, as a slapstick comedy, as an investigation of an arcane society, as the story of a shuffling life at the edge of things. I enjoyed it enormously and I can’t wait to see what Brandon Hobson comes up with next. He’s a marvelous storyteller.”
Owen P. King, author of the novel Double Feature


“Born Chaplin is hiding Charlie Chaplin’s sex tapes—or at least that’s what the town of Desolate City, Texas thinks, and everyone from retired professors to exploitation film fanatics is on the hunt. This inventive, absorbing novel pulses forward with strangeness, tenderness, and humor as Brandon Hobson unveils the secrets down each avenue. Like one of the characters says, ‘Despite the loneliness I have to learn to trust everyone here. We all do.’”
—Chelsea Hodson, Pity the Animal


“Brandon Hobson’s Desolation of Avenues Untold is at once both a wise commentary on loss and nostalgia and a very funny—and very paranoid—farce. Thomas Pynchon, David Lynch, and Philip K. Dick would all be perfectly at home in Desolate City, TX. A beautifully lunatic book.”
Gabriel Blackwell, author of The Natural Dissolution of Fleeting-Improvised-Men

Brandon2CCMBRANDON HOBSON is the author of two books of fiction, Deep Ellum and The Levitationist. He is a recipient of a Pushcart Prize, and his work has appeared in Conjunctions, NOON, The Paris Review Daily, The Believer, Post Road, New York Tyrant, Puerto del Sol, and elsewhere. You can find him at