In Horny: Stories Selected & New, Greg Boyd reinvents fictions and fables we think we know and takes them in unexpected directions. From the "Minor Russian Classic" in highly-condensed form to the updated re-telling of the Lone Ranger tale in "Tonto," to the tabloid satire of "I Married Elvis," the stories in this collection celebrate the unexpected - often unraveling the threads of contemporary American myth and culture in the process. Only in Greg Boyd's alternate literary reality could there exist "Further Adventures of Huck, Tom and Jim," in which Mark Twain's classic characters travel the dry concrete of the Los Angeles River.
Mr. Boyd writes: "Though I cannot claim to have been raised by wolves, the strangeness of my family life did contribute to the blend of humor and surrealism readers have found in my writing. Certainly anything is possible and stories happen all around us. Driving through the fog one morning years ago I found a toddler walking in the middle of the deserted road. Like many of my characters, I travel along the indistinct frontier between imagination and reality."
This collection was one of the best set of short stories I have read in a long time. The narrator did an excellent job bringing the stories to life. He handled a lot of the stories' absurdity in just the right way to make the listener feel like he is in on the joke. I am looking forward to more by this reader and the narrator.
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When people ask me, "Who's your favorite writer few others have ever heard of?"-- I say Greg Boyd.
I discovered his work through Harold Jaffe's "Fiction International" in San Diego in 1992. When I was asked to edit the first "Best American Erotica" series, it was Greg's epic crucifix satire, "Horny" was at the top of my list. —Before Nicholson Baker, Patrick Califia, Samuel Delany, or Anne Rice.
This collection is superb. It gathers old favorites and new work for a complete sampling of Boyd's brand of avant guard, surreal and entertaining prose.
His story “Horny” about a religious flagellant publicly punishing his flesh for his body’s sexual urges is a fascinating look into the mortification of the flesh and entirely original. “The Further Adventures of Tom, Huck, and Jim” transplants the classic Twain characters to the modern day L.A. River-- You’ll never hear those characters voices the same way again. Huck’s a real estate schuckster. Becky left him and moved back to Missouri, and after being robbed, he finds Tom and Jim living under a bridge by the dried up river.
Christopher Kipiniak’s deep, gravelly voice fit’s perfect with Boyd’s stories. He combines gravity with the absurd.
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