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The Garden of Good and Evil Pancakes
Don’t you hate it when you may (or may not) be trapped endlessly in a Village Inn with your ex-boyfriend and his new girlfriend, coincidentally your ex-best friend? That’s the kind of day Cassandra is having. In a homogenized world that is left mostly empty so everyone can feel comfortable, The Garden of Good and Evil Pancakes explores the fictions we tell ourselves and the fictions we tell ourselves about the fictions we tell ourselves. Read More
Roses Are Red, Violets Are Stealing Loose Change From My Pockets While I Sleep
In his previous collection, Not Quite So Stories, David S. Atkinson twisted reality with small absurdities. Roses are Red, Violets are Stealing Loose Change from my Pockets While I Sleep leaves sanity completely behind, pondering modern life through surreal humorous flash fiction involving Margaret Thatcher, jam appearing in boxers overnight, Gene Roddenberry, and more.
PRAISE FOR ROSES ARE RED
Atkinson (Apocalypse All the Time, 2017, etc.) offers a collection of flash-fiction about subjects ranging from an invasion of aerobic dancers to a tyrannosaur-sized human looking for living space.
Each of the absurdist tales here drops its main characters into bizarre, often surreal situations, with most clocking in at less than two pages in length. Read More
ENOUGH! Thirty Stories of Fielding Life’s Little Curve Balls
Written over a span of more than 10 years, Enough! Thirty Stories of Fielding Life’s Little Curve Balls by Caroline Taylor is an assortment of wry and thoughtful stories about people dealing with life’s surprises. The collection showcases memorable, rich characters coping—or not—with the experiences that life throws at them.
Curve balls have many forms, and so do the ways we handle the ones that life pitches at us.
Praise for Enough!
“Caroline Taylor’s stories are taut, pointed, and consistently intriguing—not to mention potent reminders of the dramatic arcs that shape even the most ordinary lives.”—Louis Bayard, author of Lucky Strike. Read More
Apocalypse All the Time
Apocalypse All the Time is post-post-apocalypticism. The apocalypse happens on a weekly (if not daily) basis and Marshall is sick of it. Life is constantly in peril, constantly disrupted, but nothing significant every really happens as a result. It’s always handled. Marshall wants out; he wants it all to end. In short, the book explores what about the end times holds such fascination for humanity and what impact such a fascination has on the way we live our lives.
David S. Atkinson’s interview with Rocky Mountain Fiction Writers.
Not Quite So Stories
Not Quite So Stories showcases the idea that life is absurd, ultimately beyond comprehension. In each story, people try to understand and explain the world. They may be able to come to terms with small pieces, but existence as a whole is beyond their grasp. Life isn’t explainable, and the best people can do is continue on with their lives in the face of that fact. The stories in this collection proceed from this idea, examining how different characters manage – and/or fail – to do this.