One Man's Trash
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by Ryan Vance
A thoroughly postmodern monster finds kinship in mutability and endurance. A restaurant critic meets his match in a tale of telepathic tongues. A put-upon middle-manager dreams of bloody revenge against the puerile Big Babies. A courier chases an impossible connection across a city that doesn’t exist. Seeking solace in queer lives and landscapes, these fables of loneliness, love and liminality delight in disgust, discover joy in daily junk, and create wild unexpected treasures from the most unusual of leftovers.
"Vance’s fantasy elements are all the more enchanting for being so close to reality. The mix of magic and the everyday will linger with readers long after the book is shut." - Publishers Weekly
"Underneath the uncanny, Vance’s true understanding of humanity is revealed, through strange situations that ultimately make each story within One Man’s Trash addicting and compelling. - Lambda Literary Review
“These stories are unsettling in the best way: they get under your skin and take root.” - Rachel Plummer, author of Wain
“A freakish, festering, and occasionally beautiful collection of stories.” - Laura Waddell, author of Exit
"So very queer and fantastical, the stories of One Man's Trash (nothing rubbish here!) push the reader one step closer to the weird." - Matthew Bright, author of Stories to Sing in the Dark
Paperback, 168 pages
Cover art and design by Ryan Vance