Heartland Calamitous

Heartland Calamitous

by Michael Credico
Heartland Calamitous

Heartland Calamitous

by Michael Credico


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Emerging from deep in America’s hinterland, Michael Credico’s flash fiction portrays an absurdist, exaggerated, and bizarre vision of the Midwest known as the heartland. The stories are clipped views into a land filled with slippery confusion and chaos, mythical creatures, zombies, comic violence, shapeshifters, and startling quantities of fish. The characters of Heartland Calamitous are trying to sort out where, who, and what they are and how to fit into their communities and families. Environmental destruction, aging, ailing parents, apathy, and depression weigh on the residents of the heartland, and they can’t help but fall under the delusion that if they could just be somewhere or someone or something else, everything would be better. This is a leftover land, dazed and dizzy, where bodies melt into Ziplock bags and making do becomes a lifestyle.

The stories of Heartland Calamitous, often only two or three pages long, reveal a dismal state in which longing slips into passive acceptance, speaking to the particular Midwestern feeling of being stuck. They slip from humor to grief to the grotesque, forming a picture of an all-to-close dystopian quagmire. With this collection, Credico spins a new American fable, a modern-day mythology of the absurd and deformed born of a non-place between destinations.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781938769535
Publisher: Autumn House Press
Publication date: 03/15/2020
Edition description: 1
Pages: 128
Product dimensions: 4.40(w) x 6.90(h) x 0.40(d)

About the Author

Michael Credico lives in Cleveland, Ohio, and his fiction has been published in a variety of outlets, including Black Warrior Review, Columbia Journal, and Denver Quarterly.

Table of Contents

Killing Square
Heartland Calamitous
Postwar: Lake Michigan
Heartland Aquatic
This Boy Here. He Will Kill You.
My Mother Took to Keeping Tigers
Postwar: Heartland
I Am the Heaviest Feeling Man on the Planet
Love to a Monster
A Black Eye. A Drowned Eye.
Two Brothers Cut from Stars
Postwar: Apiary, Aviary
Snuff Film
I Bought Her a Bird
Heartland Wilds
The Water is the Last Thing
The Man with a Fish in his Heart
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