Prince of the World by Christopher R. Howard
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In these six stories, Chris Howard reasserts his talent for evoking the gritty and the apocalyptic with poetic grace.

Intelligent People Speaking Reasonably
follows two Iraq vets adrift in the civilian life of the Pacific Northwest.

Space is Kindness
witnesses the unexpected death of Missouri Governor Mel Carnahan from the perspective of a local reporter and a photographer rushing to the crash-site in 2000.

Darkstar
takes place in Dublin and follows a young outcast named Sailor through grimy, pre Apocalyptic streets as he tries to find the soulmate he hasn't seen since childhood.

Son of Man
tells the story of the Manson family from the perspective of one of its members.

How to Make Millions in the Oil Market
contemplates the absurdity of war from the point of view of a Blackwater contractor first in the chaos of Iraq and later in the relative peace of the US.

The epictitle story Prince of the World follows a mixed-race orphan named Labelle as he wanders north along the Mississippi, ultimately caught in the infamous Starved Rock Massacre in Howard's home-state of Illinois.
 

About Christopher R. Howard

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Christopher Howard grew up in Illinois and spent a few months of an aborted Peace Corps sojourn in Mongolia in the late 1990s. His short story, "How to Make Millions in the Oil Market," published in McSweeney's, was nominated for the 2008 National Magazine Award in Fiction. Along with Jodi Picoult, he was one of two authors selected to provide a short story for the launch of Amazon Singles in January 2011.



Author Residence: E. Peoria, Illinois



Author Hometown: Peoria, Illinois
 
Published January 8, 2013 by Seven Stories Press. 256 pages
Genres: Political & Social Sciences, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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He encounters mayhem, murder, lynchings at the hands of city mobs, trappers, rogue Shawnees, boatmen and river pirates before he’s finally caught up in a merciless, barbarous tribal war— “leaking red waistcoats…limbs mangled in impossible poses.” Literary stories exploring the dark, cruel borde...

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Another Iraq War story, "How to Make Millions in the Oil Market," gives the perspective of a modern mercenary: "Blackwater paid five times his Army salary, and people yelled at you a lot less."

Dec 17 2012 | Read Full Review of Prince of the World: Stories

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