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Marcus Speh

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Please check my website. My first col­lec­tion of short fic­tion “Thank You For Your Sperm” was pub­lished by Mad­Hat Press in 2013; my mosaic novel “Gizella” and a chapbook "The Serious Writer" will be pub­lished by Folded Word Press in 2014. I'm also on Facebook and Twitter.

augustine»What is as much yours as you are yourself,and what is as little yours as you are yourself?«Augustine asked long ago, and we begin planning a book without having an answer ready, with an open mouth, a fly catching orifice.

The first step in writing is to bring the people to life on the page. Before you can do that you must imagine them, live with them in your mind, and long before that you must...

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Thank You For Your Sperm
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Get Lit, Round 1: Flash Fic...
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Thunderclap! Four - Love
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A Metazen Christmas
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Year One
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" Strange and great and funny and beautiful. This isn't one I'll recommend to just anyone. It's an odd blend of poetry and flash fiction, with overtones of surrealism and absurdism. What's more, English is the author's second language, which seems t... " Read more of this review »
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“I am a bomb but I mean you no harm. That I still am here to tell this, is a miracle: I was deployed on May 15, 1957, but I didn’t go off because a British nuclear engineer, a young father, developed qualms after seeing pictures of native children marveling at the mushrooms in the sky, and sabotaged me. I could see why during that short drop before I hit the atoll: the island looks like god’s knuckles in a bathtub, the ocean is beautifully translucent, corals glow underwater, a dead city of bones, allowing a glimpse into a white netherworld. I met the water and fell a few feet into a chromatic cemetery. The longer I lie here, listening to my still functioning electronic innards, the more afraid I grow of detonating after all this time. I don’t share your gods, but I pray I shall die a silent death.”
Marcus Speh, A Metazen Christmas

“The serious writer was aware of a paradox at the heart of his art: his inner world, the place of the strongest stories, was infinite, but it was also embedded in – if this was possible! – an even more infinite universe of all things to write about. It was like seeing the Grand Canyon from outer space – a huge gorge that looked like a thin trickle, impossible to miss, hard to hit.”
Marcus Speh, Get Lit, Round 1: Short Fiction

“That night, Gregory dreamt of his mother. It was a dream that he'd have carried to his therapist like a raw, precious egg if he'd had a therapist, and the dream made him wish he had one. In the dream, he sat in the kitchen of his mother's house at the table on his usual place. He could hear her handle pots and pans and sigh occasionally. Sitting there filled his heart with sadness and also with a long missed feeling of comfort until he realised that the chair and the table were much too small for him: it was a child's chair and he could barely fit his long legs under the table. He was worried that his mother might scold him for being so large and for not wearing pants. Gregory, in the dream, felt his manhood press against his belly while he was crouching uncomfortably, not daring to move.”
Marcus Speh, Exquisite Quartet Anthology 2011

“I suffered no pain, my hunger had taken the edge off; instead I felt pleasantly empty, untouched by everything around me and happy to be unseen by all. I put my legs up on the bench and leaned back, the best way to feel the true well-being of seclusion. There wasn't a cloud in my mind, nor did I feel any discomfort, and I hadn't a single unfulfilled desire or craving as far as my thought could reach. I lay with open eyes in a state of utter absence from myself and felt deliciously out of it.”
Knut Hamsun, Hunger

“Perhaps one did not want to be loved so much as to be understood.”
George Orwell, 1984

“By the hairy balls of Jesus”
Hilary Mantel, Wolf Hall

“By the tits of Holy Agnes”
Hilary Mantel, Wolf Hall

“I suspect that one of the reasons we create fiction is to make sex exciting.”
Gore Vidal

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Ryan Moehring Howdy, Marcus!

Thanks for adding me. I'm new around these parts, but excited to learn how Goodreads works. I just started a giveaway. Feel free to check it out and impart any words of wisdom to this newbie!


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