Release Date: May 29, 2012
eBook Price: $7.99
An unusual first collection of fiction from a truly original and gifted Southern writer. The stories gathered here are wonderfully imaginative, erotically charged, unforgettable. Dean Paschal explores a variety of different worlds, like that of "Sautéing the Platygast," where evolution and the culinary arts have run amok, or the hospital emergency room of "Genesis" visited by a badly hemorrhaging drug addict. Elsewhere a clockwork maiden seduces a mechanically inclined boy, and a woman metamorphosed into a python relives some of the erotic moments of her previous life.
"By the Light of the Jukebox is an astonishing fiction debut. These stories of Dean Paschal are alternately tender and demonic, heartrending and chilling. no more disturbing first collection of American short fiction has been published in recent decades." —Joyce Carol Oates
"There is danger, precision and real poetry in Dean Paschal's work, elements that combine to make By the Light of the Jukebox an exciting and memorable debut. What Gide once said of Celine is equally true of Paschal: 'It is not reality that he paints but the hallucination that reality provokes.'" —Richard Burgin
"The horror in these stories would be almost unbearable, I think, were the prose not so luminous. Unnerving and brilliant." —Pinckney Benedict
"Shocking, inscrutable, and sometimes wise, these unusual stories dredge the murky depths of the psyche. Paschal's prose is compelling, and he skillfully presents his characters as sympathetic, despite their bizarre behavior. Strange though they may be, Paschal's protagonists aren't caricatures; they are believable personae, whose logic operates on premises different from the norm." —Booklist
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Dean Paschal lives in New Orleans where he is an emergency room physician. His stories have been extensively anthologized, including in Best American Short Stories, The Pushcart Prize Anthology, Norton's New Sudden Fiction, The Surreal South and various internet sites.