Destroy All Monsters, and Other Stories by Greg Hrbek

By Greg Hrbek

Winner of the Prairie Schooner ebook Prize in Fiction, Greg Hrbek's wreck All Monsters, and different Stories is a set that explores what it ability to be human—and inhuman. those ten tales have gained an array of honors—and even if set within the background or in a speculative destiny, each one is wildly creative and shockingly real.

In "Sagittarius," chosen for the simplest American brief tales, a mom and dad seek a depressing wooded area for his or her lacking baby, who's both a toddler with profound beginning defects or a spectacular creature. In "False Positive," a ghostly lady visits her organic father ten years after being aborted in utero. In "Bereavement," a wedding is falling aside following a child's unintentional demise, yet a mixture of fable and know-how presents desire for a moment lifestyles. extraordinary, terrible, painfully usual, those tales are the paintings of a consummate storyteller.

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Our parents had fallen asleep in front of the television, and the two of us had retired to the screened-in gazebo in the backyard, which my big brother had been referring to, ever since he’d registered for the draft, as the Veterans of Unjust Wars Hall. Cliff was eighteen then: nearly twice as old as me; twice as tall; two times more likely to make a joke about something that wasn’t the least bit funny. “Staying? ” The butane lighter scritched; a tiny flame genuflecting as my brother inhaled and the bong water gurgled.

It’s genuine, drawn from a well of tenderness intended for a different child, but the well is deep enough, full enough. No dice. Turning to Kevin, the girl asks, Should I take my shoes off first? Initially, it’s a feeling of déjà vu: a girl at the door, pink backpack, this girl with these eyes. Standing in the foyer with her feels like watching a defective video disc, as if time is just a lot of digital data subject to random skipping. But the sensation doesn’t peak and fade. Only gets sharper and harder to understand.

I took a deep breath. ” He got that look on his face again, like maybe he didn’t trust me. Then he nodded, like I was the most solid person he’d ever met, and rose to his fungal feet and went inside. Across the street, my house was a shadow in the dusk. I’d left a light on in my room. I could make out the shape of a baseball pennant on the wall, and imagined having an hallucination in which I saw myself there, coming close to the window and looking across the street. Behind me now, the screen door opened.

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