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Ryan MacDonald



“Do you know what the lurid intermixture of complicated emotions produces,

according to Nathaniel Hawthorne? That’s right, it produces the

illuminating blaze of the infernal regions. Ryan MacDonald’s glorious shards of prose are

both lurid and blazing, and together they comprise an anthology of complex feelings

—dream-like, vivid, and never, ever obvious.”

—Chris Bachelder, author of Bear v. Shark and Abbott Awaits

“Concise and contrary, exquisite and eccentric, these stories unsettle,

then settle, then unsettle again.”

—Susan Steinberg, author of Hydroplane and Spectacle

“The short fiction in Ryan MacDonald’s sublime collection is an adventure.

There is so much movement and variety in these tiny stories you’d swear they’re alive.

There is gut-punch sadness, gut-bust humor, and cruelty served up so casually it’s


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