Monday, September 26, 2016
Audio Series: Clown Tear Junkies
Our audio series "The Authors Read. We Listen." was hatched in a NYC club during BEA back in 2012. It's a fun little series, where authors record themselves reading an excerpt from their own novels, in their own voices, the way their stories were meant to be heard.
Today, Douglas Hackle reads to us from his collection Clown Tear Junkies (Rooster Republic Press), a Wonderland Award-nominated collection of bizarro/absurdist short stories. Douglas's first novel, The Hottest Gay Man Ever Killed in a Shark Attack, was published in August 2016. He is also the author of ; “The Ballad of TERROR TINY TIM,” a novelette included in the collection The Four Gentlemen of the Apocalypse (Strange Edge Publications); and a forthcoming short story collection titled Is Winona Ryder Still with the Dude from Soul Asylum? and Other Tales of DOOM and TERROR! A selection of his short fiction is also included in the The Bizarro Starter Kit - Red (Eraserhead Press).
Click on the excerpt below to begin listening:
The word on Clown Tear Junkies:
Within the whacked-out worlds of these twisted tales, only one thing remains the same:
Everything is better when laced with the tears of a clown…
When a sexually adventurous couple decides to spice things up by bringing bees into the mix, they learn it’s never wise to dial 811 in case of an emergency. A deadbeat dad gains employment as a lady-in-waiting in a fairytale bromance where every character looks exactly like someone else from John Carpenter’s The Thing. The unknowing victim of a cruel prank, a simpleton spends his entire life waiting on a park bench for the hottest girl in school. Using only his twenty-sided die and good old-fashioned D&D magic, a man must continually resurrect the neighborhood kid regularly murdered on his own front lawn. An aging slaughterhouse worker and the iconic figure from Edvard Munch’s The Scream hit the clubs every weekend in a vain attempt to get laid.
These and many more absurdities await in Clown Tear Junkies, the debut collection from Douglas Hackle.