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BRIAN ALAN ELLIS runs House of Vlad Productions, and is the author of several books, including Sad Laughter (Civil Coping Mechanisms, 2018) and Something to Do with Self-Hate (House of Vlad Productions/Talking Book, 2017). His writing has appeared at Juked, Hobart, Monkeybicycle, Fanzine, Electric Literature, Vol. 1 Brooklyn, Funhouse, Heavy Feather Review, and Queen Mob’s Tea House, among other places. He lives in Florida, and tweets sad and clever things at both @brianalanellis and @HouseofVlad.

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“If I ever get a car I’m going to hang a miniature garbage can from the rear view mirror and tell people it’s my “dream catcher.”
Brian Alan Ellis, Failure Pie in a Sadness Face

“She left her heels here. God, of all the things she could have left—earrings, boogered-up tissue paper, soiled panties, a toothbrush—she leaves her damn heels—O cruel fate!—the same ones she wore the night I first took her to bed—looked real good in them, too. She wanted them off at first, but I wouldn’t let her, I said, “If you remove those heels, I’ll fuck them instead of you.”
Brian Alan Ellis, The Mustache He's Always Wanted but Could Never Grow: And Other Stories

“In a few days you’ll be twenty-something—twenty-five, twenty-six, sixty-three, doesn’t matter.
You’re no better off—mentally, physically, financially, emotionally, and so on—than you were at the time of your last birthday; and maybe the one before that even.
In fact, things seem kind of worse.
Then again, maybe things are too much the same.
Maybe sameness worsens as time moves forth.
Shouldn’t sameness stay the same?”
Brian Alan Ellis, 33 Fragments of Sick-Sad Living
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“You fall into thought while staring at the green foliage back here—so much damn green that it envelops you in its cruddy fist—and the thoughts aren’t too good, either—thoughts of sitting on the toilet—eating a sandwich—standing in line at a grocery store—watching an episode of Cheaters—doing laundry—staring at your face in a mirror—shaving it—snorting crushed pills—falling in love—death—all death—and the green shrubbery carries you away with it.”
Brian Alan Ellis, 33 Fragments of Sick-Sad Living
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“In a few days you’ll be twenty-something—twenty-five, twenty-six, sixty-three, doesn’t matter.
You’re no better off—mentally, physically, financially, emotionally, and so on—than you were at the time of your last birthday; and maybe the one before that even.
In fact, things seem kind of worse.
Then again, maybe things are too much the same.
Maybe sameness worsens as time moves forth.
Shouldn’t sameness stay the same?”
Brian Alan Ellis, 33 Fragments of Sick-Sad Living
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“Harry sometimes wished that Lucille and Trinket could swap personalities; he thought Lucille was prettier, but Trinket rarely gave him any shit, which was nice.”
Brian Alan Ellis, Skive Magazine Quarterly - Issue 9, September 2008

“There's a lot of true things that happen in our life. I think we see them at the very moment they happen too, then we try to forget about them.”
Jonis Agee, A .38 Special and a Broken Heart

“Ordinary life is pretty complex stuff.”
Harvey Pekar




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