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Catholic Guilt and the Joy of Hating Men [Kindle Edition]

Regan Wolfrom
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Book Description

Nine Women. Nine Stories. And nothing ordinary about them.

From the slightly askew mind of Regan Wolfrom comes this collection of hilariously dark tales of love, death, and horrible timing.

Heather Smythe

Pretty. Shy. About as lapsed as a Catholic can get.
Heather's trapped in the a cult of killer succubi with a taste for East Hollywood douches.
("High Times at the Sixth Annual Succubus Sisters Garage and Bake Sale")

Amanda Hackensack
Somewhat tall. Can't dunk. Never knew her father.
Amanda wakes up in a world of voodoo and zombies that she knows shouldn't exist.
("The Zombification of Amanda Hackensack")

Marguerite Frunkel

Lonely. Awkward. Painfully ginger.
Marguerite finds two strange little gnomes who show her just what she's been missing.
("Gnome on Girl on Gnome: A Love Story")

Laura Daniels
Political outsider. Maverick. Avowed crazy cat lady.
Laura learns the sinister truth behind her unexpected electoral success.
("The Siamese Candidate")

Stephanie Munro
Hard working. Hard drinking. Hard to please.
Stephanie comes to regret taking a trip on the edge of the world with people she knows she shouldn't trust.
("The Raven's Head Dagger and the Custom of the Seas")

Marie-Claire Grimson
Pink hair. Pretty smile. Likes to eat people.
Marie-Claire may soon discover that meat is murder no matter how you slice it.
("Vegans Are F**king Delicious")

Maddy McKay
A little lonely. A little self-conscious. Starving to death.
Maddy's trying to slim down to starving model size, but her little housemates don't seem all that supportive.
("Maddy McKay and the Elves in Her House")

Vanessa Dervoe
Softball legend. Proud Yooper. Breathes underwater.
Vanessa's strange gift has gotten her nowhere in life, stuck in a sad amusement park and surrounded by death.
("The Ocean Goddess and The Home Run Queen")

Kara Hermin
Mysterious. Troubled. Loads of fun at parties.
Kara's lived a long and dangerous life, and may be forced to live it all over again.
("Born Again at Granny's Cave")


Editorial Reviews

From the Author

I've always been drawn to stories about women who are strong in their own way, like not necessarily because of their skill with a broadaxe or their ability to toss on their nunsuit and fly over the streets of Lubbock, Texas.

These stories are about women who are thrown into situations that are completely what the f**k, and about how they work to take control of their destinies.

Oh, and gnome sex. And zombies, of course. And something about cats bent on world domination. I did mention what the f**k, right?

About the Author

Regan Wolfrom (born at the tail end of the disco era) has come a long way from his 1986 debut novel Harry the Adventurous Hamster (currently out of print due to having never been published or completed). 

After a break from writing to attend puberty, and to eventually sell six packs of Molson Canadian to his misnamed crush, Moosehead Girl, Regan returned to the craft with reckless abandon and a gallon jug of iced tea with just a smattering of extremely cheap rum.

Regan is now the author of the After The Fires Went Out series (with only one mention -- so far -- of zombie erections) and the slightly less controversial Persephone series (which, while appropriate for a YA audience, is still more likely to have actual zombie erections at some point). Regan hopes to one day write a novel set on Mars while sitting in his boxer shorts on the actual Red Planet, and everything that comes before that is really just his way of saving up for the one-way trip.

Though Regan has been shafted by residency requirements in his pursuit of the MacArthur genius grant, his current fiction is considered to be of high caliber, reflecting a marked improvement in style and grammar from the aforementioned thing with the hamster. It also has far fewer graphic scenes of pound puppy plushes having sex in the back of a shoebox with paper wheels.

What does Regan have to say about Regan?

"I recently passed up the chance to hassle Samuel L. Jackson."

"I've always wanted to change my name to something boring, like Hugh Howey."

"I know how to cook six things. None of them are oatmeal."

"I write stories that are weird, a little dark, and definitely inappropriate for my children. It could be tough to keep that going when they get to be as old and weird as I am today."

"Oh... and my dog is in love with me... like... in a disturbing way."

For a more in-depth tour of Regan's unresolved childhood issues, be sure to read one of his stories.

Product Details

  • File Size: 513 KB
  • Print Length: 197 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 099168043X
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Wolfrom Writes (November 27, 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00AEW4ZLE
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #23,591 Free in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Free in Kindle Store)
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Biting writing. December 21, 2012
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
I really, really liked these. The women (most of the main characters were women) were kind of bitchy, frequently awful people, and occasionally not as thoughtful as I'd expect in their decision making - all of which made it far more realistic than is usually found in stories. I think this writer's going to get a lot of comparisons to Stephen King, mostly because of that sense of things being imperfect and real in a horror setting, and the short story format. And possibly the Stephen King reference halfway through the book....

These are stories whose imagery will definitely stick with you.

The fact that the writer is a guy was a surprise; there's supposed to be some sort of comment in here about how most men can't write women well and most women can't write men but all of that is crap, because this is an awesome example of that not being true. These characters are awesome. Frequently idiots, but it all works out. Mostly. They're survivors.

The voice when writing a guy is different from the voice when writing a woman, that's true enough. The author is more thoughtful with the male character, allows more vulnerability to show through, which is interesting and makes the one story with a male protag stand out - but in a good way.

I'm really glad to have read this and (trite but true) look forward to seeing more stuff by this writer.

Also I love the title.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Catholic Guilt and the Joy of Hating Men June 30, 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
Nine short stories about women with different personalities. Their stories revolve around love and hate and death all set in paranormal circumstances.

The women were mostly likable in their own ways. While most of the stories were interesting in their own right there was not enough to actually explain the whole entire story.

Note: I received this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Catholic Guilty and the Joy of Hating Men May 24, 2013
By Arlena
Format:Kindle Edition
By: Regan Wolfrom
Published By Wolfrom Writes
Age Recommended: Adult
Reviewed By: Arlena Dean
Rating: 4
Book Blog For: GMTA
Review:

"Catholic Guilt and The Joy of Hating Men" by Regan Wolfrom was a read of nine short stories of different women with a 'wide range of emotions: from joy, laughter, terror, chills down my spine, wanting to give some characters high-fives, and then wanting to smack one of these characters over the head.' I think that says it all. Most all of these stories feature some kind of paranormal, fantasy and supernatural world presence with a mix of humor. This is a collection of different situations that they have faced and how thy totally dealt with it in their own way. For the most part the stores were engaging especially if you are a horror fan. I will say this book isn't for everyone especially if you are easily offended or don't appreciate a darker humor and themes...this book would not be for you. Now, if you are into dark humor and funny dark themes then this read would be for you.
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More About the Author

Regan Wolfrom (born at the tail end of the disco era) has come a long way from his 1986 debut novel Harry the Adventurous Hamster (currently out of print due to having never been published or completed). After a break from writing to attend puberty, and to eventually sell six packs of Molson Canadian to his misnamed crush, Moosehead Girl, Regan returned to the craft with reckless abandon and a gallon jug of iced tea with just a smattering of extremely cheap rum.

Regan is now the author of numerous short stories and an upcoming post-apocalyptic novel series with only one mention (so far) of zombie erections. Regan hopes to one day write a novel set on Mars while sitting in his boxer shorts on the actual Red Planet, and everything that comes before that is really just his way of saving up for the one-way trip.

Though Regan has been shafted by residency requirements in his pursuit of the MacArthur genius grant, his current fiction is considered to be of high caliber, reflecting a marked improvement in style and grammar from the aforementioned thing with the hamster. It also has far fewer graphic scenes of pound puppy plushes having sex in the back of a shoebox equipped with paper wheels.

What does Regan have to say about Regan?

"I recently passed up the chance to hassle Samuel L. Jackson."

"I've always wanted to change my name to something boring, like Hugh Howey."

"I know how to cook six things. None of them are oatmeal."

"I write stories that are weird, a little dark, and definitely inappropriate for my children. It could be tough to keep that going when they get to be as old and weird as I am today."

"Oh... and my dog is in love with me... like... in a disturbing way."

For a more in-depth tour of Regan's unresolved childhood issues, be sure to read one of his stories.

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