- Paperback: 234 pages
- Publisher: New American Press (May 20, 2013)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0984943943
- ISBN-13: 978-0984943944
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.5 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 7 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,788,728 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Call it southern gothic, or call it magic realism, this debut story collection from native Arkansan Hicks includes more than two dozen exceedingly brief stories, each one a fantastic blend of local folklore and twentieth-century legend. Hicks has a gift for jamming contemporary concerns into mythic time, whether it’s a witch who ruins Miss Teen Georgia’s promising future, or the pirate Bluebeard checking out cashiers at the supermarket. In one story an Iraqi contractor purchases a cursed ring possessed by a djinn, with otherworldly results. Elsewhere, three alligator-hunting brothers wax philosophical as their trophies transform unexpectedly into discombobulated humans. At times macabre and often hilarious, the book’s catalog of strange creatures ranges from crawfish gunfighters who cannibalize their own kind, to Japanese warlords who board a commercial jet, to a weatherman who conjures storms rather than just reporting their whereabouts. Hicks’ masterful combination of familiar scenes with uncanny creations reads like the love child of Eudora Welty and Edgar Allan Poe, or what it might have been like if Tim Burton had directed Beasts of the Southern Wild. --Diego Báez
"Hicks' masterful combination of familiar scenes with uncanny creations reads like the love child of Eudora Welty and Edgar Allan Poe, or what it might have been like if Tim Burton had directed Beasts of the Southern Wild."--Booklist Online
"Micah Dean Hicks concocts universes and their rules out of the staccato of a first sentence, and elaborates until the human condition is juxtaposed with the animalistic, the supernatural, the verminous.... In a short biography, Hicks is referred to as an author of 'magical realism, modern fairy tales, and other kinds of magical stories,' but no label fits; there is no one writing like him."--Mid-American Review
"Hicks, with his seemingly limitless talent for invention, is a master of North American magical realism."--Colorado Review