Analyzing the complexity, absurdity, and blessedness of seemingly ordinary people, this debut collection examines the metaphysical assumptions surrounding death. From the end of a relationship to the meaning behind its title, this anthology continually surprises and subverts, utilizing topics such as alien intelligence, reincarnation, imaginary children, and even conversations with Hitler's childhood pet. Engaging and diverse, this compendium offers a fascinating perspective on mortality.
- Paperback | 218 pages
- 129 x 198 x 10mm | 281.23g
- 30 May 2009
- Comma Press
- Mytholmroyd, United Kingdom
"Corrosively funny, wistful, sharp, strange and black as a coffin lid, Rob Shearman's collection is an addictive delight. The stories stay with you with the persistence of a witch's familiar entwining its tail around your throat." --Mark Gatiss, writer and actor, The League of Gentlemen
About Robert Shearman
Robert Shearman is a writer who has worked in television, radio, and the stage. He wrote an episode for the cult television show, Doctor Who, which was nominated for a Hugo award. He was appointed resident dramatist at the Northcott Theatre in Exeter, the youngest playwright ever recognized by the Arts Council in this way. He has received several international awards for his theatrical work, and his plays have been regularly produced by BBC Radio.
Our customer reviews
A fekking brilliant short story collection. Or to put it eloquently - bloody marvellous. Highly, highly, highly recommend. Favourite stories were Mortal Coil, Perfect, Ashes to Ash, Stuff We Leave Behind, Favourite and Tiny Deaths.show moreby Cate Gardner
"Tiny Deaths is a collection of imaginative, wry, oddly thoughtful, and wonderfully entertaining short stories (or perhaps that is oddly imaginative and wryly thoughtful...). A young girl is reincarnated as an ashtray in her parents' livingroom; a man finds himself in hell with Hitler's dog as his roommate; an elderly man discovers his old television set is bleeding; in order to right a wrong done, the 'gods' send everyone on earth notice as to the time, date & nature of their death...well, all except one man... Strangely odd but uncannily familiar, these stories are about grief, death, love, marriage, and all manner of human relationships, a worthy read for those of us who like to read outside the box once in a while."show moreby a Book Depository customer