Home On Derange (Paperback)

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I suppose you're entitled to a warning.

This is it.

None of these stories are meant to be taken seriously.

Sometimes I sit down at the keyboard and the sentences just start rolling out. I rarely know what's going to happen next. I sit, appalled, watching the bizarre progression of character, incident, and idea that assemble on the computer screen. It astonishes me to see how the most sparkling of sentences can contain no real semblance of appropriate social decorum.

Nevertheless, every story in this collection has been purchased by an editor who probably should have known better.

Several of these stories were submitted (and sold) to the magazines. Others came into existence because some desperate anthologist offered me money and I was foolish enough to take on the challenge. Maybe it was the excitement of the idea, or maybe I didn't have anything else to do that week-but it was probably the money.

I make no apologies, I make no excuses. These stories are best consumed in small doses-like maybe when you need something to read while sitting on the toilet. I do not recommend trying to work through this collection the same way you would read any other book, turning pages to see what happens next. On the contrary, I suggest restraint, proceeding through the pages carefully and with a justifiable mixture of caution and dread.

To be fair, a couple of these stories are here because they are funny.

The rest of them are here because they refused to lie quietly in the drawer. They escaped. They crawled out of their file folders and demanded to be included without any regard to their obvious lack of substance. Those stories-the ones that I am embarrassed to admit authoring-should be obvious. Please do not encourage them by laughing out loud, or even smiling in their presence. They do not deserve even that much acknowledgment.

If there is any kind of theme to this collection, it is that all of these stories have little or no redeeming social value. They were written as an explosion of peripatetic fragments in a delirious attempt at satire-except for a couple that were written for cathartic revenge on things (or people) that annoyed me.

There are thirty stories in this collection, nearly 120,000 words. Some of these tales might be worth your time. Others might be unforgivable stinkers, meriting only of an angry trajectory at the nearest brick wall-but which stories fit into which categories will be a subjective experience for every reader.

But let me put it this way-I suffered for my art. Now it's your turn.


The Great Pan American Airship Mystery Or Why I Murdered Robert Benchley

Actual Comments From Lunar Tourists

Afternoon With A Dead Bus

The Baby Cooper Dollar Bill

The Fabulous Marble


The Kennedy Enterprise

A Shaggy Dog Story

The Honker Sting

The Trouble With Hairy

The Killing Croak

The Ghost Of Christmas Sideways

Franz Kafka, Superhero

Through Time And Space With Ferdinand Feghoot

The Spell

The Schwarzchild Radius

A Brief Explanation Of How Budapest Became The Taco Capital Of The World

Two Meditations On King Kong

Why There Are No Type C Civilizations (with Marvin Minsky)

The Feathered Mastodon

F&SF Mailbag

The Strange Death Of Orson Welles

Michael Thinks The House Is Haunted

The Fabtastic Four

Dangerous Virgins

The Great Milo

The Old Science Fiction Writer

When The "Martians" Returned

Follow The Other Brick Road

A Mild Case Of Death

The Shadows Of Alexandrium

Product Details
ISBN: 9781958482032
ISBN-10: 195848203X
Publisher: Comicmix LLC
Publication Date: June 21st, 2021
Pages: 274
Language: English