American Morons
Glen Hirshberg
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Sep 15, 2019 - 13:53 PM By Glen Hirshberg

From the author of the acclaimed novel THE SNOWMAN S CHILDREN and the award winning collection THE TWO SAMS comes American Morons, a new collection of dazzling and haunting talesTwo traveling college students confront their disintegrating relationship and the new American reality in a breakdown lane along the Italian Superstrade A woman chases the ghost of her neglectfFrom the author of the acclaimed novel THE SNOWMAN S CHILDREN and the award winning collection THE TWO SAMS comes American Morons, a new collection of dazzling and haunting talesTwo traveling college students confront their disintegrating relationship and the new American reality in a breakdown lane along the Italian Superstrade A woman chases the ghost of her neglectful father to a vanished amusement park at the end of the Long Beach pier Two recently retired teachers learn just how much Los Angeles has taken from them.In these atmospheric, wide ranging, surprisingly playful, and deeply mournful stories, grandkids and widows, ice cream truck drivers and judges, travelers and invalids all discover and sometimes even survive the everyday losses from which the most vengeful ghosts so often spring.
  • Title: American Morons
  • Author: Glen Hirshberg
  • ISBN: 9780976633983
  • Page: 129
  • Format: Hardcover

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Don Sep 15, 2019 - 13:53 PM
Ghosts - not the Hollywood special effects sort, but the type that humans create in their own minds - are at the core of this award winning collection of short stories. The believable characters’ lives extend beyond the pages, and they are put into situations where the familiar becomes horrific. Hirshberg creates a shadowy mood, not without a dark sense of humor, and masterfully fashions the endings of his tales.
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Heidi Foster Sep 15, 2019 - 13:53 PM
This collection falls under the horror genre, but I think they expand beyond the borders of horror. To be honest, I've been disappointed by many short-story collections, so I kind of had low expectations for this collection and was happy to have been wrong! But they were well written, and haunting and sometimes creepy, and, most importantly, they felt new, not like there were just copies or rewrites of other stories.
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Jason Sep 15, 2019 - 13:53 PM
Hirshberg writes generally strong, atmospheric dread. These are pretty consistently strong stories, but none broke out to beat me down as did "The Two Sams" in his last collection. It's kind of unfair, that I now deploy one of the best horror stories I've read in some time to measure his other work as somehow smaller, or less engaging. But for newbies, and horror fans uninterested in the splatter or punk ends of the genre--you really cannot go wrong with Hirshberg.
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Sarah Sep 15, 2019 - 13:53 PM
Couple of stories in here were simply terrific - spooky but rarely gory
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Lisa Keipp Sep 15, 2019 - 13:53 PM
Non scary horror - until you sit back and think about what he actually said. Subtle, odd, all around good read.
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Joanna Dean Sep 15, 2019 - 13:53 PM
Cemetary Dance bookBeing from SoCal I enjoyed the locations in the stories since South Central & Long Beach aren't usually where stories take place. This is what I call understated, quiet horror.
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Mark R. Sep 15, 2019 - 13:53 PM
****1/2Readers who love a good supernatural story can find a lot to enjoy in Glen Hirshberg's short fiction. His second volume, "American Morons," is filled with the same spooky atmosphere, powerful reveals, and engaging writing as his first, "The Two Sams," one of my favorite macabre collections.In the titular story, two young Americans feel the tightening grip of fear in an unknown place. On vacation in Europe, their car brakes down. Large, soft-spoken men come to their aide, but it takes litt [...]
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Patrick Bruss (Crypticus) Sep 15, 2019 - 13:53 PM
Not sure how any of this is "horror." If people having bad days, folks arguing about interpersonal BS, or walks in lonely places TERRIFY you, this is your book. Unbelievably plodding, boring, seemingly pointless. Paints some atmosphere, but not a scary one. If this type of uninteresting, un-scary, non-engaging writing is "horror" then I don't know what isn't. Try reading the New Yorker - that's the same level of horror on display here.
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Patricia Sep 15, 2019 - 13:53 PM
Well I did not give it any stars cause I just could not read it. I tried to read the first two stories but could not get into it I am not a fan of short stories, but I thought I would give it a try because I like his first novel The Snowman's Children. If you like short stories then you might like this book.
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Ian Callahan Sep 15, 2019 - 13:53 PM
I actually want to give this 3.5 stars. It started off strong, but none of the stories were as good as the one I heard on Pseudopod: The Nimble Men. There was some great stuff in here and at times I found his writing to be incredibly lucid. I look forward to reading more of his work.
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Rose Sep 15, 2019 - 13:53 PM
Some of these stories may seem innocuous right after you finish them, but the creepiness of them will catch up to you.
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Metagion Sep 15, 2019 - 13:53 PM
I've read a few of these stories in other compilations, but all in all, not bad.
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S Sep 15, 2019 - 13:53 PM
Has its moments, but tries too hard, and after the first story I only had to read the first half of every subsequent story.
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Aaron VanAlstine Sep 15, 2019 - 13:53 PM
Great short stories that slowly and imperceptibly build up an atmosphere of dread. “Devil’s Smile” may be the singularly most unnerving story I have ever read.
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American Morons By Glen Hirshberg From the author of the acclaimed novel THE SNOWMAN S CHILDREN and the award winning collection THE TWO SAMS comes American Morons, a new collection of dazzling and haunting talesTwo traveling college students confront their disintegrating relationship and the new American reality in a breakdown lane along the Italian Superstrade A woman chases the ghost of her neglectfFrom the author of the acclaimed novel THE SNOWMAN S CHILDREN and the award winning collection THE TWO SAMS comes American Morons, a new collection of dazzling and haunting talesTwo traveling college students confront their disintegrating relationship and the new American reality in a breakdown lane along the Italian Superstrade A woman chases the ghost of her neglectful father to a vanished amusement park at the end of the Long Beach pier Two recently retired teachers learn just how much Los Angeles has taken from them.In these atmospheric, wide ranging, surprisingly playful, and deeply mournful stories, grandkids and widows, ice cream truck drivers and judges, travelers and invalids all discover and sometimes even survive the everyday losses from which the most vengeful ghosts so often spring.

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