Roses are Red, Violets are Stealing Loose Change from my Pockets While I Sleep
(published July 1, 2018 by 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.
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Reviews and Such:
- Hear me read "Gummy Candies May be the Fourth State of Matter, But That’s Only After They’ve Been Admitted to the Union" from Roses Are Red, Violets Are Stealing Loose Change from My Pockets While I Sleep on episode 16 (August 8, 2019) of the Digging Through Podcast.
- I talked with Mark Stevens about Roses Are Red, Violets Are Stealing Loose Change From My Pockets While I Sleep and other writing related things September 18, 2018 on episode #141 of the Rocky Mountain Writer podcast.
- I talked with Mr. Frank about Roses are Red, Violets are Stealing Loose Change from my Pockets While I Sleep and other writing things June 18, 2018 at Bizzong! The Bizarre and Weird Fiction Podcast.
- 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 in Roses 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
- Brace yourselves, fair readers, because this is one weird ride. David S. Atkinson’s stories don’t just walk the fine line between satire and surrealism, they dance on top of it while juggling knives. From the hilarious titles, to their far-out premises, to the noodle-like leaps of logic that dictates how each of these micro-universes function: Roses are Red, Violets are Stealing Loose Change from my Pockets While I Sleep is a cannonade of well-crafted absurdity. - Danger Slater, Wonderland Award winning author of I Will Rot Without You and He Digs A Hole
- David Atkinson is the only author alive who can write absurdist-magical-humorous-poignant fiction, period.
But that isn’t what makes his short story collection great. What makes Roses
are Red, Violets are Stealing Loose Change from my Pockets While I Sleep great is his ability to
find that perfect sentence to fuse all of the madness together. “We had to get some coffee in us first,” says
the narrator who must deal with an otherworldly invasion of perky people wearing leotards. “Tell me about it,
Ben,” says the narrator who only half-listens to the plight of one of our country’s Founding Fathers.
Sometimes, the madness makes perfect sense, as in “The Quickest Way to a Man’s Heart is to Turn Left a Pecos
and Follow the Roundabout,” in which the narrator begins in a Kix-flavored fit and ends up massacring a story
word by word. Whether everything is related or not, you can be sure Paula Abdul won’t be returning any of
your calls regardless. - Ken Brosky, author of
The Proving and co-author of
The Grimm Chronicles
- Atkinson has been writing weird stuff for years, which is why I first ran his “Ideas…” story in this volume back in like 1863, when nobody else was publishing absurd flash fiction. [Roses are Red, Violets are Stealing Loose Change from my Pockets While I Sleep] is a collection chock full of strange and bizarre short fiction, both chaotic and amusing. David has been a master of grinding it out with small presses and other markets, and this collection shows the progress he has made over the years cracking into these new markets. Despite its lack of mention of cough syrup or Lunchables, there’s tons of great stuff here. Jon Konrath, author of Rumored to Exist and Help Me Find My Car Keys And We Can Drive Out!