Synopses & Reviews
Too weird to be true? Not at all.
Collecting stories about weird deaths is a decidedly sick hobby. “Yet, strangely life-affirming,” says Cynthia Ceilán, the author of Unlucky Stiffs. “Nothing makes you want to embrace the quiet loveliness of lifes ordinary moments more than the prospect of a spectacularly dumb death.”
Consider the fates of these unwitting headline-makers: Randle Cunningham, who stopped at a Taco Bell drive-thru window with a handgun tucked into his pants. When he leaned over to grab the loose change to pay for his food, the gun discharged into his groin, killing him instantly. Jose Ricart, who walked up and down a busy street carrying a sign that read, the end of the world is nigh. And so it was, at least for him. A truck ran over and killed him.
Ceiláns latest collection of true stories offers another shamelessly irreverent romp through the unenviable final adventures of some of the worlds unluckiest stiffs.
From the author of Thinning the Herd and Weirdly Beloved, here is a new and even more irreverent compendium about those who have filtered out of the gene pool, either by their own stupidity or dumb luck. Among the sad but true tales inside: John Dominic Robertson died doing it doggie-style. . . . Sort of. EMTs arrived to find the man wearing only socks and a dog collar chained to a wall. He had apparently asphyxiated while having sex with his girlfriend. His wife was called to identify the body. The driver of an SUV struck a fire hydrant, sending it hurtling through the air. The hydrant landed on the head of Humberto Hernandez as he crossed the street with his wife. Humberto died instantly. Everyone else was fine. Charles Keith Teer and William Russell Redfern of Snellville, Georgia, got into a fight over a woman. Redfern, who was born with no arms, head-butted Teer, killing him instantly.
From the author of Thinning the Herd and Weirdly Beloved, here is a new and even more irreverent compendium about those who have filtered out of the gene pool, either by their own stupidity or dumb luck.
About the Author
Cynthia Ceilán is the author of Thinning the Herd: Tales of the Weirdly Departed and Weirdly Beloved: Tales of Strange Bedfellows, Odd Couplings, and Love Gone Bad (both Lyons). Her Web site is www.weirdlyhuman.com.