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The Happy Seat: A Short Story [Kindle Edition]

Greg Sisco
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)

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Book Description

"A short story about Valentine's Day, young love, and executing the mentally handicapped."

In this sadistic comedy about capital punishment and being in love for the first time, a postman with a thousand mental defects faces death in the electric chair over a murder he committed to win the heart of his therapist. As preparations are made for his execution on Valentine's Day, he recalls the events two years prior when his true love betrayed him and he was locked away in the "people zoo."

The Happy Seat is the antithesis of conventional romantic comedy, a bitter and cynical satire full of anger, sorrow, and loss.

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About the Author

Greg Sisco is a sociopath inhabiting a fictional world within his own mind. He kills imaginary people because it gives him a sick pleasure. Outside of reading his books, it is not advisable to associate with him.

Product Details

  • File Size: 294 KB
  • Print Length: 20 pages
  • Publisher: (February 19, 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007B86KF8
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,576,288 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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5.0 out of 5 stars strange little tale September 27, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
Mr Sisco's writing style is short, sharp and horrifying.
This is the tale of a "retard" (the authors words, not mine) who has fallen in love.
He makes a giant leap of faith and then promptly kills someone in some strange theory of eternal love, (gosh darn those postal workers!) eventually landing himself away from the egg on toast and on to the happy seat.
This story jumps from past to present tense several times, but is told so well you have no issues keeping up!
Is the true horror the railroading to the Happy Seat or the misguided love?
brilliant story, fantastic writing!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Lining Up to Sit in The Happy Seat June 12, 2012
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Once again, Author Greg Sisco does not fail to deliver. I just read a short story from this rising star and it had everything that I have come to appreciate and enjoy and even marvel at in his work. Much like his previous effort, "One Night Stan's", "The Happy Seat" isn't for the faint of heart. It contains rough language, sexual situations and carnage that not only drips all over the furniture but cakes the place with some gore. However, he does not seem to touch these subjects just for shock value, but because the subject matter dictates it. His groundbreaking and brilliant novel "Thicker than Water" could be that way at times, but was much more subdued than Stan's. In any event, much the way we watched the amazing Richard Pryor who kicked over taboos and stomped all over hard R-Rated and sometimes X-Rated subjects back in the day and Eddie Murphy after him- yet we continued to watch and laugh hysterically, in spite of our precious sensibilities - Sisco does the same with what continues to be brilliant work.
I won't say anything about "The Happy Seat" because it is short and would give much away. I will leave that to his synopsis. What I will tell you is I found it to be a quick and enjoyable read. It is rough and brutal, but has all of that stuff which sets Sisco apart from anyone else that I know of that's out there.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great and quick read March 5, 2012
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This was a great story about human nature and how we perceive things. It was a great insight to seeing things from the perspective of someone who is mentally slow. No one knows why Daniel committed the crime he did but he himself. Everyone tried to answer and speculate why he did commit the crime. It had its funny and sad moments. I really enjoyed it. I love books that make me think and analyze life and Happy Seat did that even if it was a short. Thanks Mr. Sisco for a great read!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Very good! February 23, 2012
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This was a very good short story. Sisco is able to combine funny and sarcastic observations with the story of a very disturbed man who commits a horrible crime. I felt alternately sorry for the main character and horrified by what he had done, and in the end it did make me think about the death penalty and my own views on it. Fans of this short story would enjoy Sisco's dark comedy, One Night Stan's.
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More About the Author

There are two personality traits I can recall possessing for just about as far back as my memory will serve. The first is a love of writing and the second is a malicious sense of humor.

Since childhood, I have been the person who roots for the bad guy in movies and laughs when Bambi's mom gets shot. I take interest in the flaws of a character more than the heroic characteristics, which have a tendency to bore me. I find humor in places I probably shouldn't.

I started writing short stories and screenplays shortly after I learned to construct a sentence and haven't stopped since. As a high school student I wrote and shot home movies in my spare time while performing stand up comedy weekly at a talent show. I also wrote short stories with titles like Teacher Slayers (for which I am still astounded that I was not expelled).

My writing is typically bleak and violent with a fun, satirical edge that should tickle the funny-bones of anyone who is as sick as I am.


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