"Stories for Nighttime and Some for the Day" by Ben Loory is a collection of short stories that really defy easy description. The stories are odd, disturbing, intriguing and confusing. There's a man who is the only one to see a monster in a swimming pool, a little girl who wants to play with a balloon to her mother's dread, a knife act that threatens a friendship, and a man who learns that it's the crown that makes the king, along with many other short stories. Most of the stories left me questioning and confused, not always sure what the intent and meaning of the story. This was not one of my favorite collections, it was probably a little too obscure for my taste.
"If Mother Goose and Philip K. Dick had a love child, and Richard Brautigan raised him in Watermelon Sugar, he might write stories like Ben Loory." -Jonathan Evison, author of West of Here
"Stories for Nighttime and Some for the Day is that rare find--a book that excites the reader. These tales are hilarious and vertiginous in the calmly absurd manner of Lydia Davis, Jack Handey and Etgar Keret. With his first book, Ben Loory proves he's already a master of the sleight of hand." -Stewart O'Nan, author of A Prayer for the Dying
Loory's collection of wry and witty, dark and perilous contemporary fables is populated by people--and monsters and trees and jocular octopi--who are motivated by the same fears and desires that isolate and unite us all. In this singular universe, televisions talk (and sometimes sing), animals live in small apartments where their nephews visit from the sea, and men and women and boys and girls fall down wells and fly through space and find love on Ferris wheels. In a voice full of fable, myth, and dream, Stories for Nighttime and Some for the Day draws us into a world of delightfully wicked recognitions, and introduces us to a writer of uncommon talent and imagination.
"Ben Loory's haunting fables spin off puzzlements that stay with you long after you've put down the book." -Edward Packard, inventor of Choose Your Own Adventure (and author of more than fifty of its titles)