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“One of the funniest books I’ve read in years.”
Charles Yu, author of HOW TO LIVE
SAFELY IN A SCIENCE FICTIONAL UNIVERSE
“...pushes that mischievous postmodern spirit into a new
place for the otherwise horrible 21st century.
This book hits the spot like a good laugh
over an open grave.”
Jack Pendarvis, The Believer columnist and
author of THE MYSTERIOUS SECRET OF
THE VALUABLE TREASURE and
YOUR BODY IS CHANGING
Joe Randazzo, editor, The Onion
What is it about?
It’s a collection of short stories, perhaps the first with a late night horror host guiding you between them. The stories are funny, dark, poignant, fantastical, and absurd.
One story is about one of the seven dwarf’s feverish sexual longing for Snow White and his plans to start a relationship with her.
Another story is about a cash-strapped elderly man being quietly pressured to “retire” by having his brain put in a vat and live out the rest of his day in a virtual reality paradise.
Another story, “Sex Fantasies at Work”, is about an office drone who suspects he’s always at work and his entire home life is implanted memories.
There’s other short stories that have equally strange premises but one likes to keep a bit of mystery.
The vibe of this book is in the neighborhood of George Saunders, Kurt Vonnegut, Franz Kafka, Charles Yu, Jack Pendarvis, Gary Shteyngart, Mykle Hansen, and Donald Barthelme. How did it, being the vibe of this book, afford a house in such a fantastic neighborhood? Three words: Bank owned foreclosure. The vibe of this book would also like to let its neighbors know that it will be better about bringing up the recycling bin promptly.
“This book made me laugh so hard milk came out of my nose. Which is weird because I was drinking orange juice. That's how funny Casper Kelly is: his jokes turn orange juice into milk. One of the funniest books I’ve read in years. Great, now milk is coming out of my nose again. I really have to stop drinking orange juice when I read.”
Charles Yu, author of HOW TO LIVE SAFELY IN A
SCIENCE FICTIONAL UNIVERSE
“MORE STORIES ABOUT SPACESHIPS AND CANCER is as beautifully giddy, lurid and self-aware as a pre-code EC horror comic, works of art that already felt like Donald Barthelme wrote them. But Casper Kelly pushes that mischievous postmodern spirit into a new place for the otherwise horrible 21st century. This book hits the spot like a good laugh over an open grave.”
Jack Pendarvis, The Believer columnist and author of
THE MYSTERIOUS SECRET OF THE VALUABLE
TREASURE and AWESOME
“Kelly has written something energetic, inventive, entertaining, and hilarious that is yet genuinely concerned and fascinated with what it means to be a human being at this exact moment in time. And that's f***ing awesome.”
Joe Randazzo, editor, The Onion
Can I read an excerpt?
Absolutely. Here's a pdf.
Casper Kelly writes bizarre late-night television primarily for Cartoon Network’s Adult Swim on shows such as Squidbillies, Stroker & Hoop, Aqua Teen Hunger Force, Harvey Birdman: Attorney at Law, and others. Like, at least three others. His cartoon strip, Fried Society, appeared in alt weekly newspapers across the country and his other creative work has been featured in Wired, Entertainment Weekly, online literary magazines, and various film festivals. He won an Annie. That’s a fairly big animation award. Although it’s no Emmy or Oscar, don’t want to give you that impression. He lives in Atlanta. He is very tall and when people round a corner suddenly and see him they tend to involuntarily exclaim “Gah!”. This is his first book.
You can contact him at ck at fliberdegoo casperkelly dot com without the flibberdegoo part.
Can I buy an autographed copy?
Yes! It's fifteen bucks within the USA and twenty bucks international. Five dollars shipping. There will be a form if you have any special requests - addressees, doodles, etc.