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Creamy Bullets

4.29 of 5 stars 4.29  ·  rating details  ·  85 ratings  ·  24 reviews
Fiction. CREAMY BULLETS is a new book of short stories by Kevin Sampsell. "With Creamy Bullets, Kevin Sampsell has created a weirdly sexual but wholly believable universe in just the briefest bursts of words. Each story is a savory gem, capturing the gripping little deviant moments of life. Get off on his characters, those working-class anti-heroes that roam the Pacific No ...more
Paperback, 254 pages
Published May 1st 2008 by Chiasmus Press (first published April 8th 2008)
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Apr 21, 2008 Kevin rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  (Review from the author)
This is my newest (and largest collection). So for all you people who complain that my books are too short, this one's for you! Plus--I'm totally giving it 5 stars because I was reading through it the other day and it was making me laugh at stuff that I forgot I wrote. You heard right--sometimes I crack myself up.
Amy Harper
A cornucopia of strange stories. Each story is concocted with finely tuned details and dialogue so real it had me looking up just to see if I was still reading, or if I was hearing things. This book is inspiring for both readers and writers. The craft of short story at its best.
Kevin Sampsell is the kind of author I respect and appreciate. He has run his own independent publishing company for many years, publishing both his work and that of other authors whose work he appreciates. Sampsell works hard to promote quality independent literature. And in addition to that, the guy can write. His stories really touch on the humanity of his characters and make you feel for them and understand their characters’ insecurities, proclivities, nerdiness, perversions, etc. Also, he’s ...more
Another knockout collection of stories from a man with a vivid, twisted imagination.

Somebody said his stories are like Raymond Carver edited by Steve Martin -- I agree with the Raymond Carver part, but I'd say he's more like Raymond Carver if Carver wrote stories about anal sex with homeless people and men losing pubic hair due to voodoo.
Matt Briggs
I'm reading. I just finished the "short" section and now I'm into the "medium." Several of these stories in the short some of the best things I've read by Kevin Sampsell. (I think his book "A Common Pornography" is pretty great.) Other stories have twist endings and kind of jerky puns, which I enjoy for their corniness. I'm glad these stories were included in this collection.

I just finished this book last week. There are a some beautifully dirty stories in it. Overall I was struck by the sense I
For some reason, I kept feeling like I was getting away with something when I was reading these stories. Like perhaps my parents were going to bust in at any moment and take the book away from me, even though I'm in my mid thirties now. I don't even know why I felt that. I couldn't point to anything particular in the stories, but I kept getting that feeling. Regardless, I loved these stories. It's difficult to sort out what exactly I was feeling, because I was usually feeling multiple contradict ...more
This book really inspired me.
I struggle with writing short fiction,and want to so desperately ,so I am always on the lookout for inspiration.
Sampsell is able to do so in these wonderful bright, awake little bursts of sparks and fluff (stories ranging in size from small to large). Sometimes smug, sometimes sweet, maybe a bit sarcastic , and definatley a celebration of the absurdity of everything(although I am unsure as to weather they were intended as such)!
Definitely makes me want to finish that
the long awaited is upon us. creamy bullets is the largest batch of sampsell with all sizes and shapes to fit any occasion. his stories can be whimsical and frightening, honest and deviant, beautiful and uncomfortable. its like staring at the awkward inside of us all, unable to sit still. favorites; salmon, don't eat paper, i rest between them, reunion, jaibreaker, remembering her... wait, who am i kidding, most of the bullets feel good going in.
Jamie Felton
Kevin Sampsell's writing is wonderful in that everytime I begin one of his stories, I never know what to expect. He is not predictable, and he writes equally about harsh realities that are too familiar as well as things bordering on the surreal. I like how he split the book into short, medium, and long stories. It actually helped get me through the book because I usually have a hard time finishing short story anthologies.
Jun 01, 2008 Christina rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: anyone.
Shelves: favorites
I love Kevin's ability to get across the minute details of relationships and conversations--he makes it seem like your friend is telling you a story before you head out for the night. My favorite part is in parentheses: "...(it had a drawing of a chicken on it)." This book was the most well written book I've read this year.
Dena rash guzman
Kevin S is a solid writer with the ability to make the reader feel comfortable even when reading his weirdest, darkest pieces. He veers, in very straightforward and yet often lyrical language, from a genuine but not sentimental innocence to completely warped, and yet never contrived, in his storytelling. I'm a fan.
Casper Kelly
This was a bracing little breath of fresh air. Each story was invigorating like when one jumps in a pool that is a bit too cold but by the end you've adjusted to the temperature and don't want to get out. Also, I envy many of Sampsell's opening lines.
Sampsell's voice is by turns smart, odd, funny and moving. I'd say the first section, of the smaller, flash length stories, were my favorite, but I highly recommend this collection to anyone who loves innovative and surprising fiction.
I really liked this book! It was different from anything else I've read and I like supporting a local author. I'm definitely a member of the Kevin Sampsell fan club now--I look forward to reading more.
Christina Wilder
Sep 22, 2012 Christina Wilder marked it as to-read
Shelves: short-stories
Terrible title, but great synopsis.
I first heard of Kevin Sampsell by reading a Future Tense book, and assumed if the author he published was this good then KS probably knew a thing or two about writing.

I had never read any of Kevin's work before buying the ebook, so I had no idea what to expect. But it was defiantly rewarding! Some of the stories made me feel uncomfortable, others, I felt I could relate to. And by the end of each one, I wanted to know what was going to happen next.

None of his stories have the same voice to them,
Kevin Fanning
I'm still chewing over a couple of the stories, but let's just go ahead and review this one. I really like KS's writing style. The stories fall more on the character sketch end of the story continuum, but it's interesting because they're stories mainly told in the first person by people who don't seem to enjoy talking about themselves. It's not that they're not self-aware, there's just a "who gives a shit, I'm boring myself" vibe under just about every story, which I really enjoyed.

And he uses
Mar 15, 2010 c.vance rated it 2 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: fans of short shorts, maybe even Brautigan lovers as it has that flare... at times
Recommended to c.vance by: Suzanne Burns
too few of the stories are good.
far fewer of the stories are great.
unfortunately, a lot of the stories are kitzch--- some are a set-up for a punchline that isn't worth a guffaw--- some are "edgy"; as tho replicating that all-too-common illness of academia trying to assimilate Bukowski.

but a few of the stories are good.
and too many fewer of the stories are great.
still, it is something every writer should strive to accomplish and most never will--- not even with 1 out of 100 stories. and it is wha
May 28, 2010 Heather rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommended to Heather by: the library machine
I'm torn between 3 and 4 stars, but I'll err on the side of 4. Some of the stories in here were flat out awesome. Gripping in their intensity of character, delicious in their plot twists. And this collection is pretty much all about the twists.

I do like twists, but in measure, and so several of the stories felt bungled for the love of these quirks. The story couldn't pull me in, as a result. And while interesting, it's not as satisfying.

Bottom line, I am intrigued enough to read more of Sampse
Jul 16, 2008 robert added it
very good book of short stories divided into short/medium/long. Lots of sex and slightly dirty stuff that's twisted enough to be interesting and sharp enough to confuse narrative space. not rating it, as i'm doing a review of it, but i do recommend it.
Dena Rash Guzman
I feel like I've reviewed this before, and maybe I didn't give it five stars the first time, or maybe I did. I just read it again for the second time a few months ago. It's worth reading twice. This is my favorite of all of Sampsell's books.
Solid writing and great storytelling, I enjoyed this collection a lot. The longer pieces for me, where the best ones. Congrats Kevin!
These stories are very tender; tender in the way that a wound is, before it gets sewn or bandaged up.
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I am the publisher of Future Tense Books in Portland, Oregon. I work at Powell's Books. I write reviews and articles for various papers and mags. I have a few books out. My newest short story collection, Creamy Bullets, came out in 2008 from Chiasmus Press. Portland Noir, a book of crime fiction that I edited for Akashic Books, came out in 2009. My memoir, A Common Pornography (the long version!), ...more
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