Dead Americans and Other Stories

by Ben Peek | :: Jump to Buy Links ::


Introduction by Rjurik Davidson

There Is Something So Quiet and Empty Inside of You That It Must Be Precious
The Dreaming City
Johnny Cash
The Souls of Dead Soldiers are for Blackbirds, Not Little Boys
The Funeral, Ruined
Under the Red Sun
John Wayne
Octavia E. Butler (a remix)

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A collection of the critically acclaimed dark, weird and surreal short fiction of Ben Peek. It presents a world where bands are named after the murderer of a dead president, where the work of Octavia E. Butler is turned into an apocalypse meta-narrative, and John Wayne visits a Wal-Mart. It presents a world where a dying sun shines over a broken, bitter landscape and men and women tattoo their life onto their skin for an absent god. It presents Mark Twain dreaming of Sydney, and answers a questionnaire you never read.

| Introduction by Rjurik Davidson. |

ISBN: 9781771481717
eISBN: 9781771481724

Praise for Ben Peek

“The strange stories of Australian author Ben Peek resist categorization, freely sampling from elements of horror, postmodern metafiction, SF, alternative history, and fantasy. But then hybridization is one of his main themes, with different selves often occupying the same body, or, confusing matters even more, the same self in different bodies. Making things all the more difficult, and interesting, is the fact that in Peek’s world none of these mixed parts get along.”
—Alex Good, Toronto Star

Dead Americans is a fine short story collection and sure to be one of the best of the year when all is said and done.”

“Ben Peek is a writer I fully expect to blunder out into the scene like a runaway brontosaurus one of these days. He has titanic talent. . . .”
—Jeff VanderMeer, Locus Online

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