Roses are Red, Violets are Stealing Loose Change from my Pockets While I Sleep
(Forthcoming July 1, 2018 from Literary Wanderlust)
In his previous collection, Not Quite so Stories, David S. Atkinson twisted reality with small absurdities. Roses are Red, Violets are Stealing Loose Change from my Pockets While I Sleep leaves sanity completely behind, pondering modern life through surreal humorous flash fiction involving Margaret Thatcher, jam appearing in boxers overnight, Gene Roddenberry, and more.
Reviews and Such:
- David Atkinson's writing resides smack between the surreal and the fantastic, with rabbits reading Bridget Jones's Diary, a Heathrow Airport customs line for Americans located in a fish-and-chips kiosk, and Margaret Thatcher as a serial kidnapper. But what he writes about is firmly rooted in reality-the ways that society can get you by the throat and shake you; the insanity woven into the fabric of modern life. Reading [Roses are Red, Violets are Stealing Loose Change from my Pockets While I Sleep], you'll laugh out loud while right next to you your ghost twin will read along, soberly, nodding in recognition. - Lynn Mundell, co-editor of 100 Word Story
- David S. Atkinson’s imagination is a beast unleashed! The stories inRoses are Red, Violets are Stealing Loose Change from my Pockets While I Sleep are bizarre and hilarious, taking us into a highly peculiar landscape with scenarios that leave me wondering: Where does he come up with this stuff? Narrated with his signature intellectual deadpan (think “straight man”) and featuring labyrinthian titles that unroll all the way to near slapstick, Atkinson leads us from one outlandish situation to the next without flinching, apologizing, or justifying. - Nancy Stohlman, author of The Vixen Scream and Other Bible Stories
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