One day closer to death
One Day Closer to Death: Eight Stabs at Immortality by Bradley DentonBradley Denton, who grew up in Kansas and now proudly calls himself a Texan, is a modern master of oddball fantasy. Comparisons to fellow Texans Joe R. Lansdale and Howard Waldrop (and even, to jump across the Atlantic, to Jonathan Carroll) are perhaps inevitable, but Denton does his own thing. And he never repeats himself, either. If you havent discovered him yet through such novels as Buddy Holly Is Alive and Well on Ganymede, Blackburn, or Lunatics, this collection is a great place to start. In a previous printing as a pair of small-press collections, six of these tales won the 1995 World Fantasy Award. Added into the mix are two new stories, including one that serves as a coda to the saga of Jimmy Blackburn (Blackburn).
All the stories in this book, Denton says, harassed me into writing them, but some of them literally gave me nightmares until I set them down on paper. One Day Closer to Death: Eight Stabs at Immortality is about living in the face of death--the toll it takes, the jokes we make. Each story is a unique dark gem that cant be summarized by a list of phrases--a self-destructive performance artist, the coyote Trickster of legend, black-pajama-wearing demons in a field of sorghum, Lenny Bruce and John Belushi in the afterlife--but those snatches at least hint at the variety of themes. What makes the book, though, is how Dentons earnest tone, as flat as the prairies of his childhood, can deliver deadpan humor in one sentence, and a serious, disturbing question in the next.
You can bet on it: this collection is going to be a classic. --Fiona Webster
The Territory (1992)
Killing Weeds (1986)
Captain Coyotes Last Hunt (1990)
The Calvin Coolidge Home for Dead Comedians (1988)
We Love Lydia Love (1994)
A Conflagration Artist (1994)
Blackburn Bakes Cookies (1998)
One Day Closer to Death: Eight Stabs at Immortality
Ticking away The moments that make up the dull day Fritter and waste the hours in an offhand way Kicking around On a piece of ground in your hometown Waiting for someone or something to show you the way Tired of lying in the sunshine Staying home to watch the rain You are young and life is long And there is time to kill today And then, one day, you find Ten years have got behind you No one told you when to run You missed the starting gun And you run, and you run To catch up with the sun, but it's sinking Racing around to come up behind you again The sun is the same In a relative way, but you're older Shorter of breath, and one day closer to death. Happy Birthday, Crazie!! I just passed 65 last month, myself. Just be happy with your life. You don't owe anyone anything. And getting older just means everyone can kiss your ass. Happy Birthday.
Thank you! In alternate-history mode, Sam Clemens rides with a vicious band of Missouri bushwhackers until, despite his Confederate sympathies, he can no longer endure the brutality, injustice, and futility of it all. There is life after death, or so iconoclastic comedian Lenny Bruce discovers, but it's a grim, humorless existence, designed only to break the spirit and make him conform. And the company that owns a Janis Joplinlike singer re- creates her dead boyfriend in order to kick her back into creativity mood. Another tale reveals how it may be better not to kill your worst enemy. Elsewhere, a supernatural coyote takes revenge upon the hunters that torment his species; a performance artist sets herself aflame before diving off a high tower into a shallow tank of water; and, in the original entry, a Sicko schemes to obtain the ashes of executed serial killer Jimmy Blackburn in order to consume him and gain Blackburn's powers. There was a problem adding your email address.
Each story is a unique dark gem that can't be summarized by a list of phrases--a self-destructive performance artist, the coyote "Trickster" of legend, black-pajama-wearing demons in a field of sorghum, Lenny Bruce and John Belushi in the afterlife--but those snatches at least hint at the variety of themes. What makes the book, though, is how Denton's earnest tone, as flat as the prairies of his childhood, can deliver deadpan humor in one sentence, and a serious, disturbing question in the next. You can bet on it: this collection is going to be a classic. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Want to Read saving…. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Other editions.
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