This collection of micro fiction will open up a hundred little forgotten pockets inside your imagination. Each story is a rapid journey to a fantastical place, with at least as many origin myths as there are stories–45 stories in all that spring out of the author’s lifelong obsession with fairy tales.
Hoopty Time Machines recreates some of the feelings you may have had as a young reader, where anything’s possible in a story, where anything might be lurking under the bed. A lot of these stories are about disillusioned people desiring escape. People who wish for more magic in their lives. People who actually want to find monsters under their bed.
“Like Barry Yourgrau went on tour with sad, lyrical stand-up routines—funny, sharp, playful zingers of stories that reach right out to grab a reader.”
– Aimee Bender, author of The Girl in the Flammable Skirt and The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake
“An absolute delight from the first page to the last: it’s like that scene in Singin’ in the Rain, only with ideas instead of puddles.”
– Ben Loory, author of Stories for Nighttime and Some for the Day
“Christopher DeWan’s Hoopty Time Machines is that rare story collection that is both a total blast to read and a complete philosophical package. These abrupt, funny, vigorous stories—involving urban legends, minotaurs, little mermaids, chupacabras, and changelings—contain in their brevity vast depth and import. These are stories to read, reread, and perennially enjoy.”
– Sharma Shields, author of The Sasquatch Hunter’s Almanac
“Absurd, heartbreaking, terrifying, outrageously funny—the stories in Christopher DeWan’s Hoopty Time Machines are all of these things, often all at once. Reading the book is like staring into a spiderwebbed mirror, the perfect vessel by which to understand our fractured, absurdist world. There are hints of Barthelme, Vonnegut, and Calvino to be found here, but make no mistake: DeWan is something gloriously new.”
– Nathan Ballingrud, author of North American Lake Monsters
“Hoopty Time Machines is much like a bag of M&M’s, in that it’s nearly impossible, once you’ve opened it, not to consume it down to the last morsel, and fast. It is less like a bag of M&M’s in that you never know what you’ll find beneath the candy coating: a peanut or an amphetamine, a rosary bead or a thumbtack.”
– Kevin Brockmeier, author of The Illumination and A Few Seconds of Radiant Filmstrip
“Hoopty Time Machines is a wide-ranging tour of lives … sometimes funny, often tragic, usually bizarre, and always interesting.”
– Ramona Ausubel, author of Sons and Daughters of Ease and Plenty and No One is Here Except All of Us
“Reading the stories in Christopher DeWan’s Hoopty Time Machines is the experiential equivalent of standing on a cliff breathing in the rich and glinting air coming off a long-travelled ocean. Each piece, though short and often punchy, brims over with cool, crisp sentences and unexpected depth. From stories of fairy tale heroines lost in the suburbs, to the more reflective, poetic side of Godzilla, to the poignant habits of the last man on earth, the brilliant waves keep coming. There’s a tang to it, unsettling humour, a wiseness, implacability—and a hint of danger. In short, Hoopty Time Machines is a book that will fill you with a sense of the oceanic. Breathe it in.”
– Helen McClory, author of On the Edges of Vision