Synopses & Reviews
Demons in the Spring
is a collection of twenty short stories by Joe Meno, author of the smash hits The Boy Detective Fails
and Hairstyles of the Damned,
and#160; with illustrations by twenty artists from the fine art, graphic art, and comic book worlds--Todd Baxter, Kelsey Brookes, Ivan Brunetti, Charles Burns, Nick Butcher, Steph Davidson, Evan Hecox, Kim Hiorthoy, Paul Hornschemeier, Cody Hudson, Caroline Hwang, kozyndan, Geoff McFetridge, Anders Nilsen, Laura Owens, Archer Prewitt, Jon Resh, Jay Ryan, Souther Salazar, Rachell Sumpter, and Chris Uphues.
Oddly modern moments which occur in the most familiar of public places, from offices to airports to schools to zoos to emergency rooms: a young girl who refuses to go anywhere unless sheand#8217;s dressed as a ghost; a bank robbery in Stockholm gone terribly wrong; a teacher whoand#8217;s become enamored with the students in his schooland#8217;s Model United Nations club; a couple affected by a strange maladyand#151;a miniature city which has begun to develop in the young womanand#8217;s chest, these inventive stories are hilarious, heartbreaking, and unusual.
Joe Meno is the best-selling author of the novels Hairstyles of the Damned, The Boy Detective Fails, How the Hula Girl Sings, and Tender As Hellfire. He was the winner of the 2003 Nelson Algren Award for short fiction and is a professor of creative writing at Columbia College Chicago.
*A portion of the author's proceeds from the book will go directly to benefit 826 CHICAGO, a nonprofit tutoring center, part of the national organization of tutoring centers with branches in San Francisco, Los Angeles, New York City, and Seattle.*
"Spanning worlds, generations, cultures and environments, each of Meno's short stories in this stellar collection explores depression, loneliness and insanity in the world, while never quite offering a clear solution or glimmer of hope. Misery loves company, and Meno's assortment of off-center, morose characters fit seamlessly together. Even with their almost kitschy specificity, stories such as 'I Want the Quiet Moments of a Party Girl' and 'Art School Is Boring So' never become pretentious or unnecessarily complex. Meno plays with supernatural elements throughout the collection, and his risky moves such as having a protagonist turn into a cloud in 'People Are Becoming Clouds' or a woman whose insides are overrun by a miniature city in 'Airports of Light' always pay off. Each story is illustrated by a different artist, from Schizo series cartoonist Ivan Brunetti to the husband and wife duo kozyndan, known for their depictions of modern cityscapes. Catering to all the odd men out in the world, this short story collection succeeds word to word, sentence to sentence, and cover to cover." Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
This collection of 20 short stories by the author of "The Boy Detective Fails" and "Hairstyles of the Damned" features illustrations by 20 artists from the fine art, graphic art, and comic book worlds--including Charles Burns, Archer Prewitt, Ivan Brunetti.
Fiction. Short Stories. Art. DEMONS IN THE SPRING is a collection of twenty short stories by Joe Meno, author of the smash hits THE BOY DETECTIVE FAILS and HAIRSTYLES OF THE DAMNED, with illustrations by twenty artists from the fine art, graphic art, and comic book worlds--including Charles Burns, Archer Prewitt, Ivan Brunetti, Jay Ryan, Paul Hornschemeier, Anders Nilsen, Geoff McFedtridge, Kelsey Brookes, Kim Hiorthoy, Caroline Hwang, Rachell Sumpter, KOZYNDAN, Evan Hecox, and Cody Hudson. "Eclectic, funny, constantly surprising--these are the things a short story collection should be allowed to be, and Joe Meno's DEMONS IN THE SPRING absolutely is. Add to his rock solid prose and big heart a wonderful idea--how each story is illustrated by a modern master--then you have a rich, unforgettable stew of a book"--Dave Eggers.
Twenty new Meno stories accompanied by twenty original pieces of art by twenty groundbreaking visual artists.
About the Author
Joe Meno (born 1974) is a novelist, writer of short fiction, playwright, and music journalist based in Chicago. After attending Columbia College Chicago, Meno spent time working as a flower delivery truck driver and art therapy teacher at a juvenile detention center. His first novel Tender as Hellfire was published when he was only 24 and received strong reviews from sources like Library Journal. His short fiction has appeared in literary magazines like Tri-Quarterly, Ninth Letter, and Other Voices. Meno's work is known for the use of natural language and realistic dialogue, as well as frequent forays into absurdity. He currently teaches fiction writing at Columbia College Chicago. He is a frequent contributor to Punk Planet magazine, where his comic strip Iceberg Town is featured.