Henry Island is in big trouble. After slaving away for a dozen years to earn his Ph.D. in urban legendry, he can’t find work in his field. Pursued by goons from The Company N.A. who are trying to get him to pay off his student loan, the practically penniless Henry flees Back East for Out West, where a single job is rumored to exist. On his long and difficult journey, he gets caught up in many of the legends he has studied, such as THE EXPLODING TOILET, CRUEL GRUEL, THE SLOVENIAN SOOTHSAYER and GAY INSIDE STRAIGHT. He finds himself in the army, a concentration camp, a mental hospital and a sweatshop that mass produces schlock art, and hooks up with three eccentric comrades who are also engaged in a quest for fulfilling work, the answers to life’s big questions, and the secrets of championship baseball.
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An elderly junk dealer finds redemption in a defunct burlesque theater. A middle-aged Jewish man discovers the aphrodisiacal powers of a Ku Klux Klan uniform. An annual street carnival provides the venue for legalized murder. These are among the 22 fantasy stories in MATINEE AT THE FLAME. Each story is illustrated by well-known fantasy artist Glenn Chadbourne.
“I was absolutely enchanted by the stories in this book. The mix of modern fantasy and ironic, EC Comic style horror is a masterpiece. My highest recommendation.” — Tim Janson, Amazon.com
“Pretty marvelous entertainment.” — Booklist
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To Chamberlain College in the small Maine town of Garfield comes Harry Callahan, a Maine-born aging and dyspeptic poet, to receive an honorary degree. He gets the degree all right, but in the process manages to disrupt his home town, his friends of long ago, his reputation, and the college. The depiction of the artist's life in the United States is disturbingly accurate and hilariously described, with Harry Callahan as the shambling, overweight,incurably honest example. Chasing the Sun is Fahy's comedic and humane triumph.
Christopher Fahy is the author of collections of short stories and poetry, and eight novels. He won the 1987 Maine Arts Commission Fiction Competition, judged by Mary McCarthy, with his chapbook of stories, One Day in the Short Life of Anna Banana. In 1999 he won a Grand Prize in the International Poetry Competition sponsored by Atlanta Review. Also in 1999 he published Limerock: Maine Stories. Fever 42, a novel, was published in 2002, and the novel Breaking Point in 2004. Fahy lives with his wife, children's book author Davene Fahy, on the coast of Maine.
Chasing the Sun is so true to life, with excellent dialogue that shows Fahy's wry sense of humor. A winner!
–Kendall Merriam, author of Medveb's Journal
Christopher Fahy's novelistic portrait of the poet Callahan is a marvel of compassion, lucidity and humor. In rendering a figure who is, at once, overbearing, thorny, sensitive and always remarkable, Fahy tellingly probes the confused place poetry occupies amid the babble of American commerce and the toll exacted on one of the art's irrepressible practitioners. This is an exhilarating and shrewd book, full of vinegar and poetry.
–Baron Wormser, Maine Poet Laureate