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“A master’s class in short fiction… DeWildt doesn’t pull a single punch, and it’s refreshing to find an author who has the literary balls necessary to pull it off.”
– JJ Anderson, author of Trailer Park Juggernauts

“In the rugged tradition of the best rural noir… these stories are brutal, sobering reminders that mankind is little more than animals who can talk, driven by ins
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Paperback, 134 pages
Published August 10th 2013 by Martian Lit
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Christopher Irvin
Sep 08, 2013 Christopher Irvin rated it it was amazing
C.S. DeWildt’s new collection of short fiction, DEAD ANIMALS, boasts a mix short stories and flash fiction – 34 tales ranging from a paragraph to several pages in length. As a fan of his previous work (see my review of his novella, CANDY and CIGARETTES) I’d been looking forward to DeWildt’s next release. The ‘Rural Noir’ vibe of DEAD ANIMALS drags the grit and dust of the Southwestern United States under a magnifying glass. Dark vignettes that make you think and tales with shades of neo-noir ...more
David
Sep 15, 2013 David rated it it was amazing
The aspect I love best about these short pieces is the contrast between the brutal portions of the world DeWildt gives life to and the delicately beautiful point of significance revealed in a character. The brutality is grittily stated, but the point of significance isn't belabored. It could almost escape you, but lets you hold on for just long enough to marvel at it. The effect is really well done.
Abbie
Sep 12, 2013 Abbie rated it it was amazing
I read. A LOT. Never before have characters taken such an immediate magnetic grip on my emotions. These stories are as mind-bending as they are real while they give you a peek into human nature, some we can understand, some that most cannot. CS has an incredible ability to give us the keys to our own imaginations. But only if you are brave enough to go there.
I highly recommend you try.
Rory Costello
Dec 08, 2013 Rory Costello rated it really liked it
Bizarre and harsh and funny and sad. Messed-up and pretty. Beautifully damaged characters. This is an often brilliant collection from a very imaginative author. My particular favorite was "Corbin's Dreams Take Flight" but there were many other standouts.
Julian Darius
Aug 10, 2013 Julian Darius rated it it was amazing
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An excellent collection of short stories, in which darkness is balanced by literary subtlety. Each one will have you thinking after you're through. Highly recommended.
Steven
First off I read these stories after I'd read DeWildt's novel and novellas and I definitely prefer the longer works. On the plus side the stories show great attention to concrete detail and that gives them a beautiful immediacy and believability. On the negative side a lot of the endings just seemed to unwind without delivering any emotional payoff. The bulk of these stories and flash fictions are trailer-park-kid stories, so there is a nice window into that world. "The Bull" and "That Boy Got ...more
Allena Heckman
Mar 13, 2014 Allena Heckman rated it liked it
I enjoyed the stories that were in this book. I received the book for free through Goodreads First Reads.
C.S. DeWildt
Aug 17, 2013 C.S. DeWildt rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
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