These stories change you, and not just a little bit. Try to forget them, tell yourself they're not true, but it's no use. Whether you want them to or not, they're going with you. --Stephen Graham Jones, author of Ledfeather and Demon Theory
Ross claims that his characters are not drawn from real people and yet these stories--about a jewelry saleswoman with a fetal leg growing out of her belly, a man who drinks the blood of a dead camel, or a budding Holocaust documentarian who dies in a mysterious incident involving a coat hanger--sound eerily similar to my own life. Chances are you'll find yourself in here, too. Wicked, weird, and wonderful. --Tim Hall, author of How America Died
Evoking a novel by Chuck Palahniuk or a film by Darren Aronofsky, Charactered Pieces is a multifarious patchwork of despair. From the misshapen protagonist of the title story to the gruesome climax of "The Camel of Morocco," this collection is among the most profound and disturbing artifacts of our time. --Daniel Casebeer, editor of Pear Noir!