Item description for The Overwhelming Urge by Andersen Prunty...
It is a world where men wake up with laser beams for eyes and wives play sadistic practical jokes. It is a world where body parts randomly fall off and fathers turn into antelopes. In this world, vampires and spontaneous combustions are a constant threat. THE OVERWHELMING URGE is a collection of bizarro flash fiction, containing ridiculous characters and absurd stories reminiscent of David Lynch and Franz Kafka. Written at knifepoint in a burning room, this book will make you think of a dirty comedian raving from Freud's couch.
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8.4" Width: 5.3" Height: 0.4" Weight: 0.4 lbs.
Release Date Feb 3, 2008
Publisher Eraserhead Press
ISBN 1933929650 ISBN13 9781933929651
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Reviews - What do customers think about The Overwhelming Urge?
Save Our Sandwhiches Apr 17, 2008
The Overwhelming Urge has a certain underlying rhythm to it, like the dots and dashes of an SOS distress call. These shorts roll over the reader, wave upon wave, drawing a haplessly logical audience further from shore or any other recognizable reference point. Is it reasonable to wake up with laser beam eyes? Perhaps. Does it follow that if everyone in a village was named Johnson, and they didn't have first names, then you'd have to refer to them by their house numbers? Well that does seem logical, doesn't it?
Andersen's style is spare, almost apologetically polite. However his topics are often violent, perverse or gross creating a perpetual awkward moment that can only be relieved with behind-the-hand giggling. The best thing about this collection is that you absolutely never know what's going to be around the next period. I just dare you to guess! There are lots of surprises and, though the stories are short, there's a lot to think about. For instance the titles often seem unobtrusive but once you've read the story they take on new and surprising meaning.
The Overwhelming Urge is a must-read for anyone who enjoys the work of D. Harlan Wilson or absurdist fiction in general. However people who like intricate or predictable plotting and complex characters will not find much to sustain them.
Pimps, Mothers, and that Diabetes guy... Mar 16, 2008
I confess that I'm really not a big fan of what you call "flash fiction". Generally I like to read longer works and if I had to read a short story, the longer the better. I like to see a developed plot and characters. Plus, many short stories tend to be extended jokes or just something to hang a clever ending on. THE OVERWHELMING URGE, though, was an entertaining and extremely bizarro collection that will definitely impress readers.
There're more than 60 stories in 126pgs so you can tell that many of them are very short. There are titles like "Vagina" and "Cowboy" as well as "Mobile Desk".
If you are looking for outright weirdness and stories that are sometimes in very bad taste, this is for you. And there were a few that were pretty creepy but not in the horror way (more in the uncomfortable sex way like in the story "Pimp"). I believe this book is quite disarming.. I didn't expect a lot of the explicit material for some reason. It hits you in the face like one of those appendages that grace the cover.
One thing I liked was the appearance of Wilfred Brimley as a character not to mention Craig T. Nelson and a poster of Kirk Cameron. Very creative use of pop culture (b-list pop culture?) figures. Another favorite is the "The Plath Maneuver". I can't remember the last time I laughed out loud from a story, especially one as short as that one.
The writing itself is smooth and you could tell that the author took time developing his rhythm.
The downside to this collection is one that I find in many short story collections. There are really great pieces in here which only make the mediocre ones more visible. Also, there are a few really short "flash" pieces that seemed so nonsensical that I felt that they could've been left out and not really affected my enjoyment of the book. However, I did notice that quite a few of the really really short ones were VERY entertaining and creative. Overall, though, I enjoyed the longer pieces.
For those who do enjoy flash (really short) fiction, I'd say this book will probably be a favorite on the bookshelf. As for me, I enjoyed it but am eagerly waiting for a full-length work by Prunty. I just don't think flash fiction is my thing. That doesn't affect the merit of this book, though.
If you like weird stories, you'll have fun with this.