September 2018 – Author of the Month
September 2018: Matt Woodruff
A native New Yorker, Matt is now on staff at UF in Gainesville, FL. Matt is an accomplished magazine writer, editor and publisher excited to introduce his first commercially available fiction book – 26 Absurdities of Tragic Proportions
26 Absurdities of Tragic Proportions (Dark Humor, Short Stories)
RANKED #3 in HOT NEW RELEASES (Dark Humor) on AMAZON in its Second Week! From Mystery to SciFi, from Drama to Fairy Tale and from Adventure to Gothic, this book has something for everyone. This is an entertaining and humorously ‘dark’ collection of short tales inspired by the famous illustrations in Edward Gorey’s ‘Gashlycrumb Tinies’. These 26 tales tell of the misadventures of the children in Gorey’s famous illustrations. You will laugh, hope and fall in love with these characters. Imminently enjoyable! The imagery presented will stay with the reader long past the time the book is finally set down.
“Amazingly, I found myself laughing almost as frequently as I sobbed, which is really saying something about Mr. Woodruff’s genius…resulting in one of my favorite reads ever. In his book, 26 Absurdities of Tragic Proportions, Mr. Woodruff uses one particular work of Edward Gorey…In his mystifying short story book, Matthew elaborates on that brief sentence and continues to do so all the way from ‘A’ to ‘Z’. I think it was a true work of artistry for the author to take 26 itty-bitty yarns and spin them into one spectacular, albeit grim, multicolored blanket with which to cover oneself on a cold night. From Amy’s stumble down the steps to Zilliah’s death by gin, I couldn’t read these tales fast enough, and now I am greatly saddened that it has all ended…One will be glad to know that perhaps 98% of the content of the tales was the lead-up with the final 2% being the actual denouement. To me, ironically, this is what really made the tales come alive…With every story, I was astonished as to how the author could take one little line and make a full-fledged, sometimes intricate, tale from it.”-OnlineBookClub.org