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Product Details

  • Paperback: 162 pages
  • Publisher: Fried Society Press (March 30, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0984940707
  • ISBN-13: 978-0984940707
  • Product Dimensions: 8.9 x 6 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,964,496 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"This book made me laugh so hard milk came out of my nose. Which is weird because I was drinking orange juice. That's how funny Casper Kelly is: his jokes turn orange juice into milk. One of the funniest books I've read in years. Great, now milk is coming out of my nose again. I really have to stop drinking orange juice when I read."

-Charles Yu, author of HOW TO LIVE SAFELY IN A SCIENCE FICTIONAL
UNIVERSE and THIRD CLASS SUPERHERO


"MORE STORIES ABOUT SPACESHIPS AND CANCER is as beautifully giddy, lurid and self-aware as a pre-code EC horror comic, works of art that already felt like Donald Barthelme wrote them. But Casper Kelly pushes that mischievous postmodern spirit into a new place for the otherwise horrible 21st century. This book hits the spot like a good laugh over an open grave."

-Jack Pendarvis, The Believer columnist and author of THE MYSTERIOUS 
SECRET OF THE VALUABLE TREASURE and YOUR BODY IS CHANGING

"Kelly has written something energetic, inventive, entertaining, and hilarious that is yet genuinely concerned and fascinated with what it means to be a human being at this exact moment in time. And that's f***ing awesome."

-Joe Randazzo, editor, The Onion

About the Author

Casper Kelly writes bizarre late-night television primarily for Cartoon Network's Adult Swim on shows such as Your Pretty Face is Going to Hell, Squidbillies, Stroker & Hoop, Aqua Teen Hunger Force, Harvey Birdman: Attorney at Law, and others. Like, at least three others. His cartoon strip, Fried Society, appeared in alt weekly newspapers across the country and his other creative work has been featured in Wired, Entertainment Weekly, online literary magazines, and various film festivals. He won an Annie. That's a fairly big animation award. Although it's no Emmy or Oscar, don't want to give you that impression. He lives in Atlanta. He is very tall and when people round a corner suddenly and see him they tend to involuntarily exclaim "Gah!". This is his first book.

More About the Author

Casper Kelly writes bizarre late-night television primarily for Cartoon Network's Adult Swim on shows such as Squidbillies, Stroker & Hoop, Aqua Teen Hunger Force, Harvey Birdman: Attorney at Law, and others. His cartoon strip, Fried Society, appeared in alt weekly newspapers across the country and his other creative work has been featured in Wired, Entertainment Weekly, online literary magazines, and various film festivals. He won an Annie. That's a fairly big animation award. Although it's no Emmy or Oscar, don't want to give you that impression. He acted in a feature film that played at Slamdance. He is very tall and when people round a corner suddenly and see him they tend to involuntarily exclaim "Gah!". He lives in Atlanta.

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Terrific compositions by a very gifted writer.
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You will laugh alound while also recognizing some of that awkwardness you perhaps feel about your own life.
Greg
His stories were a refreshing break from the pile of books I had been reading.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Joseph Rego II on April 19, 2013
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Very entertaining. And creative. Entertainingly creative. Creatively entertaining, too. Lots of interesting wordplay, some almost sexy parts, but not enough spaceships.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mergadeth on March 6, 2013
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You have to come into this book realizing it is going to be off the wall and strange at times. But if you like that this book is perfect and is going to make you laugh. I solidly recommend giving it a try.
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Join Professor Badbones and his sidekick/nemesis, Stiffany, as they spin some weird ungodly tales of friendly neighborhood banks, large-breasted ninjas, hopeless haberdashers and sex fantasies at work.

Prepare to enter a strange Mixtopia - "A mix between a utopia and a dystopia where some things are unbelievably better while simultaneously other things are hellishly worse, e.g. “The warm slappable realness of this sexbot’s thighs almost distracts me from the painful sickness I have from this radioactive corn."

Yeah. It's like that.

Though these stories plop down comfortably into the bizarro/absurdist category - whacked out, disgusting and of course, funny as hell, two of them managed to break my rock-hard heart. In one, an extremely old fart is urged to give up life as he knows it and have his brain placed in permanent virtual reality. Then we have Sneezy, an unfairly underrated dwarf, confessing to a mad love/lust for Snow White. After she is placed in a glass casket suffering from a witch-induced coma, he tries desperately to rouse her before that pesky prince shows up. I was practically in tears as he kissed her again and again to no avail. Sob!

In the not heart breaking but thoroughly entertaining category, we have a man who can't get laid...even though he's the last man on earth. Then there's the guy who finds that being marooned on an island with 37 cheerleaders - "Their clothes are ripped in sort of a sexy post-apocalyptic way." - is not all it's cracked up to be. And let's not forget what happened to the poor gentleman who didn't follow directions and drank the WHOLE BOTTLE of love potion, not the recommended amount of one capful.

These twisted tales are not for everyone.
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By Lanette Rickborn on October 13, 2013
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Great and relaxing read. Just what I needed to take my mind of things at the end of the day. Pairs well with wine.
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By J.K. on June 26, 2012
Format: Paperback
More Stories about Spaceships and Cancer is one of the funniest books I've read in a long time. I was laughing from the table of contents to the acknowledgements and epilogue, without much of a break in between.

This collection reads at times like a hilarious, more lowbrow Philip K. Dick (and I mean that in the best, most complimentary way possible), and at others like episodes of the Twilight Zone if they had been given the Adult Swim treatment. "Taking a Shit in the Future" and "Large Breasted Ninjas of Altair Seven" were a couple of my favorites, and they're as funny, vulgar, and clever as you might anticipate from the titles. But these stories are also surprisingly poignant and profound, which, since you're sort of blindsided, generates an even bigger impact.

More Stories about Spaceships and Cancer is one of those books that's bound to find a cult following. With all its raunchy humor, sci-fi conceits, campy horror, and postmodern tics, it's the type of book that you can't wait to recommend to certain friends because you know that they'll "get it."
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By Z. Melzer on June 19, 2012
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An imaginative, illusive, spiraling, and translucent read that chills the bones, all the while being outrageously funny. Terrific compositions by a very gifted writer. Highly recommended.
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By Greg on May 28, 2012
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With More Stories, Mr. Kelly intertwines the mundane everyday thoughts many of us have with his own odd, and sometimes outlandish, brainstorms to deliver some hilarious stories. You will laugh alound while also recognizing some of that awkwardness you perhaps feel about your own life. The humor appeals on multiple levels from crudeness to scat to intellectual. You can read this in about the same amount of time it takes to watch a movie, and you'll enjoy it more-- unless you're just one of those people who does not like to read, in which case you should not even be reading this.
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