ELECTRICITY & OTHER DREAMS
Short stories by Micah Dean Hicks
6" x 9"; 234 pp
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PUBLISHERS WEEKLY (starred review): "With striking skill in form and vision, Hicks woos readers into his wrangled worlds."
BOOKLIST: "Hicks’ masterful combination of familiar scenes with uncanny creations reads like the love child of Eudora Welty and Edgar Allan Poe, or what it might have been like if Tim Burton had directed Beasts of the Southern Wild."
COLORADO REVIEW: "What is most unsettling about Hicks’s stories is how they resonate with the possible. His bizarrely precise visions forge an eerie alliance with American daily life. Hicks, with his seemingly limitless talent for invention, is a master of North American magical realism."
"I am not sure where Micah Dean Hicks comes from—maybe he fell flaming from space or maybe he rose damply from a swamp or maybe a mountain cracked open and he rolled out—but he does not see the world or use language or understand people like the rest of us. His stories, so original, so peculiarly extraordinary, will haunt and move you."
Winner of the Whiting Award and author of Red Moon
"Stories that feel like they were found in the earth, like the bones of some ancient, mythic creature."
Author of Stories for Nighttime and Some For the Day
"Micah Dean Hicks is to short story writing what director Tim Burton is to film making—a zany Aladdin from Arkansas, enamored of bizarre fables and misfit fantasies, his skull a-boil with magical thinking."
Winner of the National Book Award and author of Conversations with Cuba
"The beguiling stories in Electricity & Other Dreams are in their own category, which might be described as Southern gothic meets tall tale meets dirty realism. In these magical yet down-to-earth stories we meet an old man made out of cans, an electrician who makes light simply by touching a bulb, a weatherman who arranges his own weather, a plumber who also gets rid of ghosts. Fortune cookie fortunes actually come true, alligators work in a factory, and Japanese warlords battle on a jet plane. And then there’s the killer crawfish. Every story in this fantastic collection is gorgeously gritty and lots of fun. Micah Dean Hicks is a true original."
O. Henry Award-winner and author of The Revenge of the Radioactive Lady
"In this unsettling, impressive collection, Micah Dean Hicks effortlessly mixes realism, the fantastical, and the darkly gritty to great effect. These stories feel layered, lived-in, timeless. I felt in reading them as if I was receiving an early glimpse of a unique voice, and an important one. I loved it."
Two-time winner of the World Fantasy Award and author of Finch