Hiccups: Stories for People Who Like Snappy Endings
Welcome to the disturbed world of "Hiccups," which finds amusement in such material as a vampire who needs to GIVE blood than to TAKE it; of the pollution of the past by an engine of the future; of a middling baseball player who wins a bargain with the devil only to find that the Arch Fiend can be very persistent. There's also a takeoff on H.G. Wells' "Time Machine" in which the Traveler finds that the past can be even more horrible than the future. And did you ever wonder if God has a dog? You will find these along with more serious themes that have in common the "snappy endings" suggested in the sub-title. All are meant to be reminiscent of the short stories of such classic authors of surprise endings as Guy de Maupassant, O. Henry and Saki. Whatever your tastes, you should be able to find some tales among the 15 included in this anthology that are only a Hiccup away from what the author hopes is an appreciation of the unconventional.
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