Awarded Finalist Prize in the 2019 American Fiction Awards 'Short Stories' Category by American Book Fest.
An utterly fascinating and wryly composed collection of short tales inspired by Edward Gorey's alphabetical illustrations in 'The Gashlycrumb Tinies.
These darkly humorous tales capture the essence of wit and satire with one tale for each child depicted in Gorey's most famous illustrations.
These tales are all about human behavior, characteristics, chance and choice, and life and death.
From Mystery to SciFi, from Drama to Fairy Tale and from Adventure to Gothic, this book has something for everyone. Consistently ranks in the top 100 books on Amazon.
RANKED #3 in HOT NEW RELEASES (Dark Humor) on AMAZON.
With sardonic wit and complete irreverence, Matthew Woodruff is one of America’s pre-eminent humor writers. The great skill with which he slices through cultural euphemisms and political correctness proves that Woodruff is a master of dark humor and satire and one of the most observant writers addressing the human condition today.
It is said that Matthew was born with a book in one hand and a pen in the other (his poor mother has never forgiven him but hey, at least it wasn't a typewriter...) Shortly after the release of his first book, Matthew was named 'Author of the Month' by Self Publishers Showcase for September, 2018.
A native New Yorker, Matthew is now on staff at the University of Florida in Gainesville, FL. Matthew is an award winning magazine features writer, editor and publisher. Matthew's vision of the world around us - seen in his dark humor and dark fiction works - is unique and not to be missed.
When Edward Gorey penned his famous ink drawings of alphabetized children in 'The Gashlycrumb Tinies', there was never any explanation of how or why the children had to die in such absurd and unusual ways... until now.
Read what led up to Desmond's death in a sleigh accident, or how Fanny got sucked dry by leeches, or why poor Olive had to die the way she did.
After reading this dark humor masterpiece, you will forever remember Gorey's 26 alphabetized children.
26 Absurdities of Tragic Proportions
The electric lights had been installed just that year, over the objection of the superstitious who thought electricity was a vapor that would eventually kill them if breathed in for too long. A thought that made Eloise Winters laugh. She understood electricity. She had gone to the World’s Columbian Exposition and seen the great man, Nikolai Tesla’s inventions. She knew it would change the world, which is why she convinced her husband, a well to do banker, to invest heavily with Tesla. She had even had the opportunity to speak to Tesla, a chance encounter yes, when her scarf had fallen to the floor of one of the exhibits. Tesla himself had chanced to be the one to secure and return it to her as he was passing by. The conversation short, a “Thank you” from her and a returned tip of the head and “Madame”, from him. But she looked in his eyes and understood his mind, she’d like to say at dinner parties afterwards.