Demons in the Spring

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Akashic Books, Sep 1, 2008 - Fiction - 280 pages
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Demons in the Spring is a collection of twenty short stories by Joe Meno, author of the smash hits The Boy Detective Fails and Hairstyles of the Damned, with illustrations by twenty artists from the fine art, graphic art, and comic book worlds--Todd Baxter, Kelsey Brookes, Ivan Brunetti, Charles Burns, Nick Butcher, Steph Davidson, Evan Hecox, Kim Hiorthoy, Paul Hornschemeier, Cody Hudson, Caroline Hwang, kozyndan, Geoff McFetridge, Anders Nilsen, Laura Owens, Archer Prewitt, Jon Resh, Jay Ryan, Souther Salazar, Rachell Sumpter, and Chris Uphues.

Oddly modern moments which occur in the most familiar of public places, from offices to airports to schools to zoos to emergency rooms: a young girl who refuses to go anywhere unless she’s dressed as a ghost; a bank robbery in Stockholm gone terribly wrong; a teacher who’s become enamored with the students in his school’s Model United Nations club; a couple affected by a strange malady—a miniature city which has begun to develop in the young woman’s chest, these inventive stories are hilarious, heartbreaking, and unusual.

Joe Meno is the best-selling author of the novels Hairstyles of the Damned, The Boy Detective Fails, How the Hula Girl Sings, and Tender As Hellfire. He was the winner of the 2003 Nelson Algren Award for short fiction and is a professor of creative writing at Columbia College Chicago.

*A portion of the author's proceeds from the book will go directly to benefit 826 CHICAGO, a nonprofit tutoring center, part of the national organization of tutoring centers with branches in San Francisco, Los Angeles, New York City, and Seattle.*


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User Review  - cait815 - LibraryThing

I can no longer say "I'm not really a fan of short stories but..." I've just read too many great stories lately for that statement to apply. I absolutely loved this book. My favorite stories were The Unabomber and My Brother and Art School is Boring So, but honestly most of them were fantastic. Read full review


User Review  - Jane Doe - Kirkus

An inspired collection of 20 stories, brilliant in its command of tone and narrative perspective.Among the features that distinguish the latest from Chicago author Meno (The Boy Detective Fails, 2006 ... Read full review


Frances the Ghost illustration by Charles Burns
illustration by Evan Hecox
An Apple Could Make You Laugh illustration by Geoff McFetridge
It Is Romance illustration by Ivan Brunetti
Clara illustration by Lauren Nassef
Animals in the Zoo illustration by Jay Ryan
People Are Becoming Clouds illustration by Nick Butcher
Ghost Plane illustration by Jon Resh
The Boy Who Was a Chirping Oriole illustration by Archer Prewitt
The Unabomber and My Brother illustration by Cody Hudson
Art School Is Boring So illustration by Steph Davidson
Oceanland illustration by Anders Nilsen
Get Well Seymour illustration by Paul Hornschemeier
Iceland Today illustration by Rachell Sumpter
Airports of Light illustration by kozyndan
Children Are the Only Ones Who Blush

What a Schoolgirl You Are illustration by Kelsey Brookes
Miniature Elephants Are Popular illustration by Todd Baxter
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Meno is the author of three other novels, including "How the Hula Girl Sings" and "Hairstyles of the Damned," a selection of the B&N Discover Program and an international bestseller. He is a professor of creative writing at Columbia College, Chicago, the cofounder of Sleepwalk magazine, and a columnist for Punk Planet magazine.

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