Mild Narcotics

| May 8, 2019

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Mild Narcotics is a collection that fascinates and disturbs in equal doses—15 short stories, all previously unpublished, that revel in the absurdity of everyday life.

In “Mr. Punk Rock,” a couple decides to deal with their cockatoo’s vocalizing in a very direct, hands-on manner; in “Pomerium,” a man’s commute turns uncomfortable as passengers stare crossly at him for no apparent reason, coming to a head in the elevator on his way to the surface; and in “The Cove,” fed up with the beachgoers, especially the omnipresent stench of their sunscreen, a diver devises a diabolical plan to scare them all straight.

Macabre, wild, funny, caustic, this distinct collection lifts the veil of decorum—under which commonplace cruelty, countless enigmas and unconventional beauty all flourish—and then stretches it well past its breaking point.

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