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Hoopty Time Machines
Fairy Tales for Grown Ups
Story/Flash Fiction Collection
An Atticus Trade Paperback Original
Publication date: September 2016
This mosaic collection will open up a hundred little forgotten pockets inside your imagination. Each micro fiction is a rapid journey to a fantastical place, with at least as many origin myths as stories–46 flashes in all springing from the author’s lifelong obsession with fairy tales.
Hoopty Time Machines recreates some of the feelings you may have had as a young reader, where anything’s possible in a story, where anything might be lurking under the bed. A lot of these stories are about disillusioned people desiring escape. People who wish for more magic in their lives. People who actually want to find monsters under their bed.
From Bogeyman reunions and voodoo dolls to an introspective Superman and godly affairs, this mix of wistful domestic fabulism tossed into the daily grind of modern existence is sure to make you reconsider your childhood fables and recast them with an altogether different set of heroes and villains.
“Hoopty Time Machines is much like a bag of M&M’s, in that it’s nearly impossible, once you’ve opened it, not to consume it down to the last morsel, and fast. It is less like a bag of M&M’s in that you never know what you’ll find beneath the candy coating and the chocolate: a peanut or an amphetamine, a rosary bead or a thumbtack.”
– Kevin Brockmeier, author of The Brief History of the Dead
“Reading the stories in Christopher DeWan’s Hoopty Time Machines is the experiential equivalent of standing on a cliff breathing in the rich and glinting air coming off a long-travelled ocean. Each piece, though short and often punchy, brims over with cool, crisp sentences and unexpected depth. From stories of fairy tale heroines lost in the suburbs, to the more reflective, poetic side of Godzilla, to the poignant habits of the last man on earth, the brilliant waves keep coming. There’s a tang to it, unsettling humour, a wiseness, implacability–and a hint of danger. In short, Hoopty Time Machines is a book that will fill you with a sense of the oceanic. Breathe it in.”
– Helen McClory, author of On the Edges of Vision
“Hoopty Time Machines is a wide-ranging tour of lives … sometimes funny, often tragic, usually bizarre, and always interesting.”
– Ramona Ausubel, author of Sons and Daughters of Ease and Plenty and No One is Here Except All of Us
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Christopher DeWan has published more than forty short stories in journals including A cappella Zoo, Bartleby Snopes, Jersey Devil Press, JMWW, Juked, Necessary Fiction, Passages North, and wigleaf. He has been nominated twice for the Pushcart Prize. Learn more at http://christopherdewan.com.