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About Eric W Fritzius
In his spare time he works as a narrator of audiobooks, such as HOW TO CARRY BIGFOOT HOME (https://amzn.to/2PFmEgi), MISSISSIPPI NIGHTS (https://amzn.to/2yDzfw5), THE BLACK STAR OF KINGSTON (https://amzn.to/2tnNkIY), THE LAST ARCHER (https://amzn.to/2MgLrVp), and his own collection A CONSTERNATION OF MONSTERS (https://amzn.to/2luBUOZ).
A Consternation of Monsters was named after the collective noun for monsters, which we all learned in the 4th grade.
Contained within its pages are ten stories featuring monsters of various stripes, much in the tradition of The Twilight Zone, The Outer Limits, or the good episodes of Tales from the Darkside.
In these tales: a creature of make-believe proves difficult to disbelieve, a trickster-god takes an unkindly interest in witnesses, eldritch horrors can be summoned with a quilt, frustrated wolves face dangerous prey, the angel of death wears a plaid sport coat, wise old women are to be feared and heeded, Elvis remains king, the corpses of legends can be perilous to have around, and where one of the most powerful objects in the world is a fork.
The settings for the stories span from rural Mississippi, Appalachia, the desert southwest, Alaska, and on to Memphis, Tennessee.
A Consternation of Monsters has also been released as an audiobook through Audible, Amazon and iTunes. You can hear more about it from the author himself on The Consternation of Monsters Podcast found on iTunes, or the podcast app of your choice, or at http://mrherman.com/wordpress/consternation/consternation-of-monsters-podcast/.
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My place beside you
My blood for yours
Till the Green Ember rises
Or the end of the world.
Whitson Mariner and Fleck Blackstar face old fears and new enemies, forging a legend that will echo through the ages.
Old wars haunt. New enemies threaten. An oath is born.
A hero rises.
The Juno Award–winning musician and Pushcart-nominated author offers thirteen “otherworldly tales that speak to deeper human truths” (Time Out New York).
The thirteen stories in Chris Tarry’s richly imagined debut, How To Carry Bigfoot Home, lay bare the insurmountable forces that determine who we are and who we become. From an out-of-work dragon-slaying father in “Here Be Dragons” to a family arguing aboard a rocket ship in “Topics in Advanced Rocketry,” the stories use fantastic settings, blazing wit, and imaginative circumstances to explore very human truths. The stories work to reconcile the public self with the private heart. To contemplate the monsters we carry home and lay bare for the ones we love the most.
“These stories hilariously and poignantly evoke the way, when it comes to relationships, all men are living under a leaky thatched roof with winter on the way, always believing they’re on the edge of a turnaround, even though failure keeps returning like an old friend back in town.” —Jim Shepard, Story Prize–winning author of The World to Come
“The stories in How To Carry Bigfoot Home are fruitfully obsessed with maleness . . . In their gleeful linguistic play and surrealistic vibe, Tarry’s tales remind me of those of George Saunders, but he’s up to his very own wonderful thing in this vivid debut.” —Pamela Erens, author of The Virgins and The Understory
“What would happen if some mad scientist were able to fuse the otherworldly exuberance of H.P. Lovecraft with the nuanced pathos of John Cheever? . . . A writer named Chris Tarry.” —Stefan Merrill Block, author of The Story of Forgetting and The Storm at the Door
In these tales, a creature of make-believe proves difficult to disbelieve, a trickster-god takes an unkindly interest in witnesses, eldritch horrors can be summoned with a quilt, frustrated wolves face dangerous prey, the angel of death wears a plaid sport coat, wise old women are to be feared and heeded, Elvis remains king, the corpses of legends can be perilous to have around, and where one of the most powerful and potentially dangerous objects in the world is a fork.
Get a preview of a few of the stories via the Consternation of Monsters Podcast (http://mrherman.com/wordpress/consternation/consternation-of-monsters-podcast), or via SoundCloud.
Eric Fritzius is writer, playwright, teacher, and actor of stage, screen and U.S. and Canadian basic cable. His stories have appeared the anthologies Mountain Voices, Dark Tales of Terror, and Diner Stories: Off the Menu, as well as in Greenbrier Valley Quarterly Magazine.
Visit him online at www.MrHerman.com.