I like to think I’m a good judge of character and Matthew Sanborn Smith is one of the oddest characters I know. But in a good way. When he’s not making me laugh my proverbial @$$ off in his Beware the Hairy Mango podcast, well, he’s sleeping I guess. How would I know? I don’t stalk the guy. But if I did stalk someone, it’d be Matt, because I love to laugh and his humorous (usually absurdist) fiction always puts a smile on my misshapen head.
Matt has a new eBook collection out. It’s titled The Dritty Doesen: Some of the Least Reasonable Stories of Matthew Sanborn Smith and you can get it right now for only $2.99. That’s less than a cup of laugh juice, if you know what I mean. (I sure don’t.)
Here’s the book description — and look after that for a larger version of the bee-yoo-ti-ful cover for the Hugo Award-winning artist Galen Dara!
When the going gets tough, some get going, some get out, and some get a little odd in the head. These stories are what happens when Matthew Sanborn Smith does that third one. Part of him said, “What the hell? Why not?” as he dove into the writing of each one of these twelve stories. These tales contain frogs used as public transportation! Stray thoughts captured in neural nets! Multi-gorillas! Electric feathers! People swap body parts, cities behave naughtily, and snails are sprayed all over the place. Why aren’t you already reading this book?
You tell those who take comfort in their fortieth reading of Pride and Prejudice, “I walk a different path. I shall read the Dritty Doesen. When I have emerged from the other side of it, I shall not be the person you once knew.”
The Dritty Doesen consists of twelve of the author’s least reasonable stories:
- “Aborted Love With Chaos Motor at Lucky Pierre’s”
- “The Ones That Got Away”
- “About Face”
- “A City on the Move”
- “The Hard Philosophy”
- “Dritty Does”
- “A Splitting Head”
- “The Empire State Building Strikes Back!”
- “All Flesh is Glass”
- “A Body is for Driving”
- “Steve Sepp, Tasty! Tasty!”
- “Electric Ladyland”
Each story is followed by an afterword that tells of “The Story Behind the Story,” describing the inspiration and process that went into its creation.
You are so lucky.