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I Am The Dark Tourist


Prepare yourself for an insightful, bizarre reading experience when you pick up this book. H.E. Sawyer intentionally travels to places that have experienced trauma and death, such as Auschwitz, Whitechapel, and various murder scenes. The ensuing narrative is oddly fascinating and heartbreaking in the way it illuminates both the individual and collective reaction to emotional and psychic trauma.


  • Glossy softcover with b&w and full color illustrations
  • 261 pages including index and references
  • Small batch publication by Headpress


Portland's most colorful, authentic, and empowering publishing house and distributor, Microcosm Publishing & Distribution is a vertically integrated publishing house that equips readers to make positive changes in their lives and in the world around them. Microcosm emphasizes skill-building, showing hidden histories, and fostering creativity through challenging conventional publishing wisdom with books and zines about DIY skills, food, bicycling, gender, self-care, and social justice. Microcosm was started by Joe Biel in his bedroom as a distro and record label in 1996 and is now among the oldest independent book publishing houses in Portland, OR. Microcosm focuses on relating the experiences of what it's like to be a marginalized person and strives to be recognized for spirit, creativity, and value. All books are printed in the U.S. on post-consumer papers, and the company doubles the industry average in number of women authors and prioritizes hiring of special needs employees. Microcosm constantly poses the question “How can we remove barriers to success for marginalized people in our industry?”