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A F*ckload of Shorts

3.83  ·  Rating details ·  114 ratings  ·  18 reviews
"’ll love every page of this sick little collection of the inner skull scrapings of a madman..." -- Scott Phillips, from the introduction

A F*ckload of Shorts is the debut story collection from Jedidiah Ayres. Two stories from this collection have been adapted into the films Viscosity and A F*ckload of Scotch Tape.
Paperback, 200 pages
Published July 31st 2012 by Snubnose Press (first published January 1st 2012)
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Jedidiah Ayres is such a great writer that if he wrote more accessible stuff like a coming of age family drama or a thriller with the word Girl in the title, he would be a household name. But instead he writes stuff like this collection of stories full of depraved violence, filthy sex, disturbing psychology, comedy blacker than the darkest night, and characters devoid of any moral center, and it's all for the better. It's one of the best written pieces of work I've read this year by a writer mor ...more
Jul 19, 2020 rated it really liked it
All through this book I was thinking it deserved five stars but the last few stories were not great for me so it dropped to four. That said, the book was great! If you can find a copy it’s definitely worth reading.
Joseph Hirsch
May 30, 2016 rated it it was amazing
It's a pity this one's out of print, at least for the reading public; from the standpoint of a collector, it's probably not a bad thing.

Anyway, the author Jed Ayres is primarily known for his hard-boiled masterpiece "Peckerwood," (the germs of which are presented as vignettes in this early collection), but, based on the strength of the stories collected here, Ayres demonstrates beyond a shadow of a doubt that he is the master of the short story form. It's hard to single out a certain stories f
Aug 03, 2012 rated it it was amazing
The most impressive thing about these stories is how skillfully the author reinvents his voice for each, with the changing points of view and different historical eras. It’s also got some of the best dialogue I’ve read in a while, whether he’s delivering well-crafted hardboiled zingers or just realistic conversational volleys. The descriptions are visceral and economical, and will leave you tasting blood (or worse) and laughing in your enemies’ faces as these characters scratch and claw their wa ...more
Jun 30, 2018 rated it it was ok
Two good short stories, the rest were either only okay, or poor.
Tim Hennessy
Oct 03, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Jedidiah Ayres’ short fiction has been appearing in crime fiction publications and anthologies for a few years now. Finally they’re collected in F*ckload of Shorts. The first two stories “Mahogany & Monogamy” and “Fuckload of Scotch Tape” feature overlapping characters and very different perspectives on the events surrounding a kidnapping. Together they combine to form a strong introduction to what Ayres does best -- grounding dark tales with humor while effectively depicting doomed characters a ...more
Caleb Ross

This stories of Fuckload of Shorts by Jedidiah Ayres, which includes the stories that inspired the short film Fuckload of Scotch Tape, are the best kind of short stories. Each one takes an idea that, realistically should make for a horrible, shock-driven story, and instead delivers amazing noir fiction with beautifully rendered characters. Ejaculating a dead man? Yep. Selling corpses to a dog foot plant? Yep. In the hands of a lesser writer, these ideas would amount to nothing more than thro
Les Edgerton
Mar 04, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I've been waiting for this collection to come out for the longest time and the wait was worth it. An amazing, mesmerizing collection of darkness and human truth. Every single story here is brilliant, but I found a special connection to "The Whole Buffalo." A movie that rests within my top ten list is the black comedy EATING RAOUL (when I teach writing at the university level, I always show it for how to create black comedy), and Ayre's short story took the premise of that movie and rode it to a ...more
Benoit Lelièvre
Oct 27, 2012 rated it it was amazing
There is no misfits entertaining like Jedidiah Ayres' misfits. His stories are full of people with a tiny grasp on reality and common sense and trying to get away with it. The epic mirror stories MAHOGANY & MONOGAMY and F*CKLOAD OF SCOTCH TAPE are only a gateway into the harder stuff. HOOSIER DADDY made me drop to one knee, THE WHOLE BUFFALO and AMATEURS finished the job. Ayres succeeded where so many writers failed. In creating a seductive bleakness, fuckups people read and care about. He's one ...more
Greg Bardsley
Aug 07, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I've always been a huge sucker for Jed Ayres' shorts. They take you where no one else goes, and he does it with grace and style. His debut collection of shorts is no exception, with gems like F-load of Scotch Tape and The Morning After (two of my favorites) .... Intro by Scott Phillips is a must-read...... WARNING: Might be a shock to the system for Angela Lansbury fans, or maybe just what they wanted all along ... . ...more
Feb 23, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Wow. Exactly like the title calls it.

Really they're more like short snippets of stories of some really fucked up people. People who live in the scrapings of the bottom of life's scummiest barrels. Situations that can only be laughed at because of their absurdity.

Some were hits and some were misses but I'm definitely glad I read this. Definitely not one of those books, though, for the easily offended.
Rory Costello
May 09, 2014 rated it it was amazing
The opening pair of bookend stories alone merit the top rating from me. I can't say everything knocked me out quite the same way, but it's a good collection, especially if you don't mind things on the ghoulish side (like "Hoosier Daddy" and "The Whole Buffalo" -- which are also funny yet affecting). I also thought "The Adversary" was excellent, and there's an enjoyable prequel to Ayres' novel "Peckerwood" (which I loved).. ...more
Oct 24, 2012 rated it really liked it
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May 18, 2014 rated it really liked it
Really good collection. I think my favorites were 'Miriam' and 'The Adversary'. ...more
Phil Jones
Apr 23, 2014 rated it it was ok
Brandon Nagel
Jan 10, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Awesome. Rad a couple do the stories in previous publications. Prefer the novel over the short story. If you like twisted and more twisted, you better pick yourself up some Ayers!
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With a title like this, Ayres probably figured he won't be hitting the bestseller lists. But like the Oscars and the Emmys, the people who produce those lists haven't a clue about quality. This volume is filled with mindblowing quality stories that are meant to shock you. If you are uncomfortable with hard, gritty stories from the underbelly of society, you'll have to pick up something else, The stories here are frightening and unnerving and often a story told from one point of view is then told ...more
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