In the Background Is a Walled City

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Wildside Press LLC, 2008 - Fiction - 128 pages
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What if Santa Claus had given up on mankind and his most famous reindeer turned into a homicidal alcoholic?

This alternate history is narrated by William Stonecutter, a young man orphaned as an infant who never grew beyond 3.5 feet tall. The world has gone to hell in a handbasket and William intends to do something about it. He and a weary fellowship of carnival outcasts embark on a quest to the North Pole. They make a desperate plea to Santa: rid the world of evil so it can once again be clean and safe for democracy.

Michael Hemmingson's fantasy of the absurd and the weird calls to mind such great works as Gunter Grass's "The Tin Drum," Robert Coover's "The Public Burning," Philip K. Dick's "The Man in the High Castle," and Richard Brautigan's "Trout Fishing in America" -- combining them all into one heck of a wild sleigh ride of a post-postmodern SF adventure "

 

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Contents

Early Years 32 Feet Tall
13
My First Encounter with Santa Claus
20
The Letter
33
A Chance Encounter with the Former
41
Onward
49
How We Became Four
59
Santas Castle
65
Finding Santa
73
My Plea
80
Part the Fourth
87
Growing Up
95
A Secret
101
The Years Go By
108
The Assassination
116
My Letter
123
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