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Stories for Nighttime and Some for the Day by Ben Loory
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Aug 22, 2011

it was amazing
Read on August 22, 2011

I have a great love for short stories and when I saw this one in Borders I had to get it. The writer is new to me but I do like what he's doing.

A man is haunted by his awareness of a secret monster sleeping at the bottom of the local pool; when his disguise fails a moose must flee for his life from a sportsmens’ party; the sea and a house fall in love with one another and are initially frustrated in their attempts to unite; an octopus finds his solitude and spoon-polishing habit interrupted when his nephews come to visit from the sea; boys crawl into dark places where they face their fears and find light; a father, attempting to save his son from a well, learns to fly.

And because I think everyone really must read this collection here are some random bits and pieces:

From The Book:
The woman returns from the store with an armload of books. She reads them quickly, one by one, over the course of the next few weeks. But when she opens the last one, the woman frowns in surprise. All the pages in the book are blank. Every single one.

From The Swimming Pool:
The man stops by the public pool on his way home from work. It's something he does from time to time. He enjoys the laughter, the splashing, the sound of feet slapping concrete. He stands by the fence, taking it all in. That's when he sees the shark.

From The Octopus:
The Octopus was spooning sugar into his tea when there is a knock on the door. Come in, says the octopus over his shoulder, and the door opens.

From The Shadow:
Once there was a man who was afraid of his shadow. Then he met it. Now he glows in the dark.

From The TV and Winston Churchill
The television thinks it knows better that the family that's sitting staring at it. Why do they watch this garbage? it thinks. It's so empty -- so stupid, so dumb.

From The Poet
A man sits down and writes a poem. It is not a great poem, he knows, but still, he has written it, and so it makes him feel proud. Everywhere he goes, he recites it in his head. Then one day the man has a great idea. I will send my poem off to be published! he says. And so he goes and buys an envelope and sends it on its way.

From The Knife Act
A woman and her friend are in a knife store. Hey, says the woman, you ever see one of those shows where the guy throws knives at the lady? Yeah says her friend, and the lady doesn't get hurt? Yeah, says the woman. We should do that! Okay! says the friend. Okay, if you want! So the two buy lots of knives and run off to go practice.

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