Sam Ernst

Author of "The New Manifesto"

Sam Ernst was born in Pennsylvania in 1981. He trained as a naval architect, but after being chased through the port of Perama by a drunken, bottle-wielding communist, he abandoned the nautical life to sell bread in a landlocked bakery. At some point, Sam grew tired of slinging dough and moved on to answer telephones for a billionaire, write a rock opera about the life of Isaac Babel, and publish a thesis detailing the rhetorical tactics of online music critics. Sam lives in Fort Collins, Colorado with his wife and son and works at Colorado State University as a grant writer. The New Manifesto is his first novel.

Discover Sam's Work

Arthur B. Johnson had always heard that a first novel is the easiest one to write. If that’s true, THE NEW MANIFESTO may well be his last. In fact, assuming you’re brave enough to open these pages, he’ll be happy to tell you why.

After all, The New Manifesto is a book about writing The New Manifesto. Metafiction, as it were. But it is also a made-up memoir, a future history, a dream journal, and an interactive adventure story. No matter how many tricks he tried, whatever our author wrote always ended up becoming The New Manifesto. Certain themes and images are inescapable, it seems. Writers may view themselves as foxes, but all too often, they turn out to be hedgehogs.

At times riotous, at times contemplative, The New Manifesto delights in mocking its own author as he tries in vain to escape his own voice. Whether you ultimately come to see voice as a boon or hindrance, as worthy of celebration or worthy of revilement, The New Manifesto makes clear that voice is always and inevitably present

Praise for "The New Manifesto"

The Book Life Prize

“Ernst’s novel queries absolute truth—a world where imagination is the illusory precursor to reality… [the] voice meanders, disappears, and resurfaces, leaving the reader a heap of unscrambled words that have no right to pair together so peacefully… This is a book that reveres visual imagery, while challenging what the eye perceives. Ernst’s complexity muddles the mind so readers grasp for the concrete—the simple—but in those moments of filtering through the disorder, exists a tale that is beautifully human.” 10 out of 10.

“…The New Manifesto explores the struggles of authordom. From literal dream-state tales to full-blown apocalypse, Ernst presents snapshots of tales that challenge the concept of traditional narrative to creep into places fiction doesn’t often land. While it’s not for the faint of heart, the book alternatively tears down the fourth wall and wraps itself in layers of false biographies and histories as it looks at what it means to be a reader, a writer or a thinker.”

Author Matt Schild

Forward Reviews

“You will never read a book quite like Sam Ernst’s experimental novel The New Manifesto, whose wildly creative, careening story defies expectations… Is The New Manifesto a statement about post-modernist fiction, the unifying voice of the narrator, or the power of subverting expectations? The reader is left to puzzle it out, guided by a text that’s both inventive and challenging.”