- Paperback: 228 pages
- Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (April 19, 2011)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1461111986
- ISBN-13: 978-1461111986
- Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 0.5 x 8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 11.5 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 5 customer reviews
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Regarding Dead Things on the Side of the Road: Collected Stories
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About the Author
Benjamin ran with scissors when he was five. He now writes. He has been--at different times, of course--a fry cook, range boy, greens maintenance technician, reservations agent, room service attendant, editor, banquet server, meteorologist, instructor, program manager for Internet applications, curriculum developer, training simulation engineer and certification coordinator.
The author of A Difficult Mirror, Castles: A Fictional Memoir of a Girl with Scissors and Sketches from the Spanish Mustang, Benjamin has been called "a Pulitzer-caliber writer" with "a unique American voice." Aside from novels, he has been published in many magazines to include The Horror Express, All Hollows: The Journal of the Ghost Story Society, Horror Carousel and Bare Bones.
He also gets up before 4am to milk (words, not cows). His wife, Jesse, is an artist and counselor, which helps dealing with the five kids they raise as well as a dog, a rabbit, two hamsters, a gerbil and three fish. You can find Benjamin psychoanalyzing himself on his blog (bxwretlind.com/), on his Facebook page (facebook.com/bxwretlind/) or lounging about in the Twitterverse (@bxwretlind).
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Stories in this collection:
The Ferryman | The Item | A Letter To Elise | Jessie | The Bridge | A Tooth For Miguel | Conner's Menagerie | Change | Destination | Terminal Conversations | The Wolf, The Caribou, And The Solitary Man - A Parable Of Nature | Regarding Dead Things On The Side Of The Road | Salem, Indiana | Harlan's Holes | Mighty Chief Chappose Picks Berries
This is a great collection that displays the natural ability of the author. While the stories maybe be a bit dark and not everyone's genre of choice, I loved every morsel of the prose.
My favorites of the bunch are:
Change: A man obsessed with collecting scissors, spirals into madness and believes scissors are a tool that aids change. When he passes his love for scissors to his son, he realizes that he still has a lot to learn about scissors and changes.
Jessie: Jessie's pa will not come inside, instead he lives outside in the old family van. Before her death, Jessie's mom left him a photograph; a clue that Jessie must figure out in time. A truly intense and haunting ghost tale.
The Item: On a road trip with his wife and kids, a husband is intrigued by the road signs advertising 'The Item'. Against his wife's wishes he visits the shack on the side of the road that houses the item. What he finds at that rest stop is something he never imagined.
Each story is preceded with the story's story. The author shares some insights into the history/inspiration behind each story. I really appreciated that.