Too weird to be true? Not at all.Collecting stories about weird deaths is a decidedly sick hobby. "Yet, strangely life-affirming," says Cynthia Ceilán, the author of Unlucky Stiffs. "Nothing makes you want to embrace the quiet loveliness of life's ordinary moments more than the prospect of a spectacularly dumb death."Consider the fates of these unwitting headline-makers: Randle Cunningham, who stopped at a Taco Bell drive-thru window with a handgun tucked into his pants. When he leaned over to grab the loose change to pay for his food, the gun discharged into his groin, killing him instantly. Jose Ricart, who walked up and down a busy street carrying a sign that read, the end of the world is nigh. And so it was, at least for him. A truck ran over and killed him.Ceilán's latest collection of true stories offers another shamelessly irreverent romp through the unenviable final adventures of some of the world's unluckiest stiffs.
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About the Author
Cynthia Ceilan has been a professional writer, editor, and researcher since 1985. She's had short works of fiction published in Potpourri and The Sun (literary magazines) and has written regularly for an alternative monthly periodical called Aquarius: A Sign of the Times. She is the author of Thinning the Herd: Tales of the Weirdly Departed, in which she pokes a little fun at dead people, and Weirdly Beloved, in which she pokes a little fun at people whose idea of love defies logic and, occasionally, the law. Her website is www.weirdlyhuman.com. She lives in New York City.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Although it is a serious subject, I found myself laughing out load at some of the strange ways in which people met their demise. It is quite a collection of interesting stories. A quick read.