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4.64  ·  Rating details ·  22 ratings  ·  9 reviews
A, as in almanac for the dead but still dreaming. B, as in bestiary for the broken and the brave. C, as in crisis, catharsis, or conclusion: the cosmological fate of us all and how we choose to end things. Offering up an eclectic landscape of language experiments, patches of surrealism, and more traditional tales, POSTLUDES spans the style spectrum from A-Z, analog to digi ...more
Paperback, 145 pages
Published February 6th 2017 by KERNPUNKT press
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J. Bradley
May 29, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
If you enjoy short story collections of magical realism and just weird fiction, this is the perfect book for you. The length is perfect, ensuring these wonderful stories don't overstay their welcome. ...more
Lareign
Jun 03, 2018 rated it really liked it
This book is often strange and unsettling, but it’s got a lot of heart underneath the weirdness. I know Matthew, at least through the Internet, and I’m so grateful for that heart.
David Fitzgerald
Jan 18, 2022 rated it it was amazing
No one writes about the unbearable, the unspeakable, the unthinkable, quite like Matthew Burnside. The stories in his 2017 collection Postludes - at least a few of which seem to connect loosely to his more recent Wiki of Infinite Sorrows - both for KERNPUNKT Press - effect a kind of sustained atmosphere of being punched in the gut - a slow, hand-over-hand elongation of the intestinal tract that, every few pages, quietly adds another loop or hitch or twist, such that by the end you're so tangled ...more
Kenny Mooney
Oct 24, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This is a great collection of short fiction, with a great sense of humour and of humanity. The stories range from the rather experimental to much more conventional, but each is engaging and occasionally quite heart-warming, with comic touches that verge on the darker side of things. Longer pieces, such as Rules to Win the Game, and the closer Bestiary, are well contructed short stories, with the latter peppered with odd references, comments, and quotes as its unconventional structure jumps back ...more
Rachel
Jan 23, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Imagine a world of tattered dolls, drunken villains, toddlers who are also superheroes, sparking galaxies, life-or-death games, and masturbating poets ripped apart and then pasted back together in a cacophonous collage of tragedy and beauty, delights and horrors, and you might get somewhere close to imagining this book. A polyphony of ringing, full-throated prose, Postludes will leave you disturbed, enchanted, and thoroughly dazzled. Matthew Burnside is a dark wizard capable of summoning the mos ...more
Patrick Parks
Mar 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Matthew Burnside's Postludes is clever in the best sense of the word, shrewdly observant and often surprising. I found myself going back to re-read a story or a sentence to enjoy it all over again. The whole book is wonderful, but I was especially drawn to the fractured realities that make up the section entitled "Bestiary." This is a book to keep close at hand and revisited often. ...more
Sister Pickles
Mar 29, 2021 rated it it was amazing
A book full of heartachingly beautiful words.
Julian
May 09, 2022 rated it really liked it
Immediately the title grabbed me-- we're familiar with preludes and interludes from theater and music, but what is a postlude? And why are the postludes inbetween stories? What do they come after? What do they extend or conclude?

The postludes were my favorite part of this nonlinear narrative as they seem like sketches for stories to be later fleshed out: "There is the story of the staircase found under the baby's tongue. The story of the tiny people who opt instead for the elevator in his left e
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