Walking Dreams: Selected Early Tales

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BlazeVox Books, 2007 - Fiction - 108 pages
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Fiction. A man tries to piece together the events of the day he nearly died. Another believes that a friend has betrayed him, or is it that he has betrayed himself? A woman tries to escape the life she has known, but finds it following her. The eight stories of disorientation and metamorphosis in Mark Wallace's WALKING DREAMS all concern characters who feel trapped and want to change who they are. The unconventional shape of these tales distorts time, place, and character to create an eerie and threatening atmosphere. The result is a series of surprises--some serious, some comic--in which the boundary between the real and the imagined breaks down. In the tradition of what British writer Robert Aickman called "the strange story," WALKING DREAMS explores a world that is poetic, horrifying, and very much like our own. "Mark Wallace writes like an avant-garde poet who knows how to tell a good story. Or like a fiction writer who knows how to fill his prose with cutting edge poetry. You finish Wallace's fiction with much more than you began with, the sense that your reading intelligence has been scrambled into a new kind of clarity, a new kind of pleasure that can only be fully sorted out over time"--Stephen-Paul Martin.

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Mark Wallace's most recent book is Felonies of Illusion, just out from Edge Books. His most recent book of fiction is Walking Dreams: Selected Early Tales. Wallace has authored more than ten books and chapbooks of poetry, including Nothing Happened and Besides I Wasn't There and Sonnets of a Penny-A-Liner. Temporary Worker Rides A Subway won the 2002 Gertrude Stein Poetry Award and was published by Green Integer Books. His multi-genre work Haze (Edge Books) was published in 2004, and his first collection of fiction, The Big Lie, was published by Avec Books in Fall 2000. His critical articles and reviews have appeared in numerous publications. Along with Steven Marks, he edited Telling It Slant: Avant Garde Poetics of the 1990s (University of Alabama Press) a collection of 26 essays by different writers on the subject of contemporary avant garde poetry and poetics. Wallace teaches literature and creative writing at Cal State San Marcos.

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