"Mayo is a magician who uses stylish prose and droll humor for his cape and wand." --Enid Shomer, author of Imaginary Men
Wendell Mayo's second collection probes what lies behind the dailyness of life by using horror movie images and plots as metaphors. Has Robert’s bride forsaken her selfness for Robert just as the Mummy did for the Egyptian princess? Will an older brother’s lifelong efforts in mimicking Godzilla eventually reach through to his ever more withdrawn sister? Or are there depths that even "Big Greenie" can’t plummet? Do werewolves stalk the streets of a Lithuanian village? Or do the vintage WWII fighter planes flying overhead remind us that something much more horrible, much more concrete, might yet remain? While Mayo’s vision is dark, it is not unremittingly so. In the playful "Who Made You" the Baltimore Catechism's rote questions offer an unexpected anchor to a couple on the verge of separation and financial disaster. Dark or light Mayo’s skein of words threads insistently, beautifully, and poignantly.
ISBN 0-942979-62-1, trade paper, $11.00 Sale $5.50
ISBN 0-942979-61-3, library binding, $23.00 Sale $11.50
Wendell Mayo directs the Creative Writing Program at Bowling Green State University, where he teaches fiction writing, form and theory of fiction, and modern and contemporary literature. He is author of two other book. The first is a story collection, Centaur of the North (Arte Público Press), which was the 1997 winner of the Aztlán Prize, and a finalist in both the Violet Crown Book Awards and The Associated Writing Program's Award Series in Short Fiction. The second is a novel-in-stories titled In Lithuanian Wood (White Pine Press, 1999).
from the Book:
The very life seems warm upon her lip.
—Polixones, The Winter’s Tale
older than me, but not much. His hair is dark
and he still has most of it. You can smell his hair tonic, which mostly smells
like alcohol. Sometimes, it’s hard to differentiate how Robert’s hair tonic
smells from the smells in the Lacquer Room where they are priming Cutlass