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Peter Stenson

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Peter Stenson is the author of the novel “Fiend” (forthcoming from Crown/ Random House in 2013). He has stories and essays published or forthcoming in The Sun, Bellevue Literary Review, The Greensboro Review, Confrontation, Harpur Palate, Post Road, Fugue, Passages North, The Pinch, Blue Mesa Review, and Fourteen Hills, among others. He received his MFA in fiction from Colorado State University, and currently teaches writing at Lighthouse Writing Workshop.

I kind of feel like Saunders can do no wrong. I’ve loved everything I’ve ever read of his, and although I’ve come across most of the stories in this collection before, I’ve never read it as such, from cover to cover (plus the nice essay on his life while writing these stories), and the experience was equally enjoyable. Although the stories mostly follow a set formula (first person narration, sl...

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"This book was laugh out loud funny.I read it on my breaks at work and kept getting people looking at me and wondering about me.It was a different take on the apocalypse and a very entertaining one."
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"Original, raw, and unrelenting - Peter Stenson created a new sub-genre and rocked it."
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"I only have time for a short review but here it goes -- FIEND is a painful, brutal, fascinating glimpse inside the mind of a meth addict. I'm not a big fan of zombies any more, they bore me, and so it takes a lot to get me interested in a zombie n..." Read more of this review »
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“I'm not sure if i believe in love at first sight or any of that shit. But i know that sitting there in a room with half-retarded motherfuckers drooling from their lithium and Trazodone, whatever I felt, it was close. Like I had this need to hold her, protect her bones from her parents or drugs or whatever wouldn't let her sleep and night, and i wanted her to think i was funny and sexy and smart and beautiful, just fucking beautiful. Sitting there while the tech introduced us to her, I wanted to be better than I was, not just to fuck this girl, but to be better for her. Guess that's a good enough definition of love.”
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“the moments when one of us was the lifeboat to the other’s ship sinking under the weight of self-hatred, and then us succumbing together to that sinking, convincing ourselves and each other that it was a good idea,”
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“I’m thinking that I love drugs more than anything. That they are the one and only constant in my life. Yeah, they demand a lot of attention and effort, but their love is legendary, their compassion endless. I hold each hit for hours, exhale for decades. The determination that comes with the onset of a high rushes back and I’m all about conquering the world and making money and finding happiness in the form of a loving woman who knows when it’s time to spread her legs and when it’s time to brush the backs of her nails across my cheek and then I’m thinking about this being the same thing as what God is doing to me now.”
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