The Other World by John Stewart Wynne
Stories by John Stewart Wynne

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Says Details Magazine, “In pages that tremble with beauty, Wynne gracefully reveals the darker side of human possibilities.”

National Book Award winner Paul Monette calls The Other World “a book to handle with asbestos gloves, but well worth the walk through fire.”

Paranoia, psychotic breaks, danger, fear, loneliness, yearning. This acclaimed short story collection, first published by City Lights, is peopled by sociopaths, circus performers, tattooed drifters, cross-dressing teenagers and God-fearing families. Its hallucinatory edge makes the everyday seem like another world.


"The Other World" - A Christian Right family is too busy trying to protect their children from the "danger of homosexuality" to notice the havoc their own son is unleashing in the neighborhood.

"Lights of Broadway" - A prostitute is shaken to find that one of her clients is a violent homophobe.

"Halloween Card" - a Manhattan party of metrosexual hipsters is unexpectedly thrust into the heartland of Puritan America.

"Raphael" - A cross-dressing teenager spends a lonely Christmas at the Plaza Hotel, hoping to win the love of his chauffeur.

"Nameless Thing" - A love triangle explodes in jealousy and revenge at an El Paso circus.

"Vulture" - A drifter plots to murder the witness to the accidental killing of his girlfriend.

About John Stewart Wynne

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John Stewart Wynne is the author of novels, short stories and poetry. His writing often depicts characters in extremis, outsiders adrift in a conformist landscape, in plots that successfully juxtapose the surreal and naturalistic. He has been hailed as the heir apparent to the tradition of "outsider art" exemplified by Tennessee Williams, Carson McCullers and Truman Capote. Wynne's writing has been praised for its audacious originality, its beautiful imagery, the astute asides and wry observations of his characters, and his highly charged but often darkly comic mise-en-scènes-all of which are present in his new novel The Red Shoes. His short story collection The Other World (City Lights) was hailed as "one of the best books of the decade" by The James White Review. Peopled with circus performers, sociopaths, cross-dressing teenagers and God-fearing families, these stories have a hallucinatory edge, making the everyday seem like another world. Details Magazine wrote, "Wynne's prose is chiseled and precise. And in pages that tremble with beauty, Wynne gracefully reveals the darker side of human possibilities." Booklist called it "startling, outrageous, frightening and sometimes even funny." National Book Award-winner Paul Monette wrote, "With so much sentimental fiction coming out, Wynne's stories are like a plunge in cold water with a near-Brechtian intensity of focus and an infallible ear for dialogue." Lambda Award-winner Rebecca Brown called it "an incredibly powerful book." The author lives in New York, NY.
Published April 6, 2013 by Untreed Reads Publishing. 182 pages
Genres: Horror, Literature & Fiction, Gay & Lesbian. Fiction

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The hidden, seamy underbelly of lives that appear civilized and rational is the obsession of these lurid stories by an author known for his fascination with the dark side. In the title story, perhaps

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