The Wild Creatures: Collected Stories of Sam D'Allesandro
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The Wild Creatures: Collected Stories of Sam D'Allesandro

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The Wild Creatures brings together all the stories of Sam D'Allesandro, a young voice whose life was tragically snuffed out at age 31 at the height of the AIDS epidemic in 1988. This new collection includes all of D'Allesandro's published stories (including those first collected in the out-of-print cult classic The Zombie Pit) as well as unpublished stories found among D'A...more
Paperback, 157 pages
Published October 30th 2005 by Suspect Thoughts Press (first published January 1st 2005)
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I don't understand people giving this 3 stars! THIS BOOK IS PURE GENIUS! It deserves MORE THAN FIVE STARS! Ever since reading the earlier version of this collection THE ZOMBIE PIT it's been clear to me that we lost an important queer writer. These stories destroy the senses with their sincere craving of 1980s America. For those of us too young to SEE his world, Sam gives it up for us. HATS OFF TO Dodie Bellamy and Kevin Killian for editing this marvelous collection of lost treasures!

This is a collection of all his short stories put together after his work went out of print sometime after his death in 1988. I don't mind short stories, but I prefer immersing myself in a novel to the start-stop of a writing collection. But with this work all the pieces shared a voice, were more like different tales from the same life, so there was a more seamless flow. The writing was some of the best, at least the best male writing, I've read recently. The only thing I question is the whole "...more
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The Wild Creatures: Collected Stories of Sam D'Allesandro

Edited by Kevin Killian. Suspect Thoughts Press, 160 pages, $12.95 (paper).

Sam D'Allesandro, author of the short-story collection The Wild Creatures, was born in 1956 and died of AIDS in 1988 at the age of 32. Kevin Killian, the collection's editor and D'Allesandro's friend and collaborator, only learned his real name – Richard Anderson – after his funeral. On the scene for San Francisco...more
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One of my favorite books of all time.
The short stories presented in the 'The Wild Creatures' are amazingly beautiful. Every story within the book left a lingering twisted thought with me - but in a good way. Although the fictional stories are vividly realistic, they take you to a whole other level (but that's all based on just my sole opinion). I highly recommend this book to anyone enjoys short stories and/or enjoys descriptive pieces of work.
I consecutively read REAL: The letters of Mina Harker and Sam D'Allesandro then Wild Creatures then Kevin Killian's Little Men. It was a pretty good way to do it because they all reference each other over and over. I really like the way that he writes about his friends, so tender. It sort of reminds me of punk-zine like buddy glorification. Zombie Pit was the best story in here by far. A lot of it is also mentioned in REAL.
A unique opportunity to read a an evolving writer who didn't get to fulfill his potential. Not every story works as a full story but there is a graceful description of everyday conversations and crystalline insight into emotions. Certain passages, like the end of Nothing Ever Just Disappears and the "little animal" description in The Zombie Pit give me chills and wish D'Allesandro had been able to write more and more.
sam sam sam sam.

If he hadn't died he'd likely have a restraining order out against me by now. I'm just kidding... I think.
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