WHEN GIRAFFES FLEW - by Jeff Weddle
What readers are saying about Jeff Weddle’s When Giraffes Flew:
"Jeff Weddle's stories are like the best of the Russian and Soviet absurdists. There is something about the inherent doom of life in each of these stories that is funny and terrifying. This is an excellent collection." -Andrew Hilbert, author of Death Thing
“Sometimes funny, sometimes thoughtful, always unexpected. Jeff's stories take us by the hand and invite us to explore the dark shadows of the human soul. His characters live out our secret fears and inadequacies; his situations build with a jittery tension - reach the vertiginous tipping point - and go beyond into madness.” – Charlie Fish, editor, Fiction on the Web
"I can count on one hand the slim volumes of collected short stories from contemporary masters I would gladly carry anywhere and everywhere to read again and again -- mostly for pleasure but also for education in the form. Mark Richard comes to mind, Amy Hempel, Denis Johnson, and Barry Hannah. With the release of When Giraffes Flew, I'm overawed and overjoyed to add my old friend Jeff Weddle to this august company. Jeff’s stories are always completely human, always revealing. With no excess of sentiment and no pandering to conventional morality, the reader is brought to care about the fate and the feelings of even the least savory of his many extraordinary down-and-outs."
" --Mark Vanderpool, editor, Port Cities Review
"Weddle's stories are dark gems. When cracked open they reveal the pathos of the twisted light that governs the strangeness of the human psyche."....".Weddle's dark entertainments celebrate the grotesque truths of the human experience through inventions that are both delightful and disturbing." – George Eklund, author of The Island Blade, poems, and In the Arms of the Fog, poems in Spanish and English.
“I have been a fan of Jeff's writings for years. When he places you in first person settings, you live the experiences and it's like going for mental roller coaster rides through fantastic yet realistic adventures. Jeff's zest for life and cravings for living on the edge of the norm is brought out in his writings and when you are wrapped up in one of his stories, you too can become more than you would normally dare. The book should come with a warning label stating, ‘PLEASE HOLD ON TO THE BAR!’ You're going to really enjoy this one folks. Happy reading!”
-- Michael Mann