Seven Stories Press

Works of Radical Imagination


One foggy day in San Francisco brings together bloody ghosts, a dandyish thug, capricious cops, a suicidal punk rocker, a hyperliterate slumlord, and a sweet old lady sent by God to hand out cash from a hijacked armored car. In Fogtown, Peter Plate uses a loving hand to carve his characters out of hallucination, perversity, and tenacity. Plate's noir sensibility gives him special fluency with the weary souls of urban America's down and out; Fogtown describes a new age unmistakably built on the twentieth century of Nelson Algren and Charles Bukowski.


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“If Restif had transmuted his peripatetic Parisian musings into suspense fiction, the result might well have resembled Peter Plate's muckraking, gritty take on the fellahin-strewn streets of Fogtown.”

“[Plate's] San Francisco is a fiery hell, where the devil rides in a squad car, and God doesn't deign to put in an appearance.”


Peter Plate taught himself to write fiction during the eight years he spent living in abandoned buildings. Also a spoken word artist, he has been known to recite his novels from memory. In 2004 Plate was named a Literary Laureate of San Francisco, where he lives.