Aromabingo builds on the critical success of David Gaffney's 2006 collection Sawn-off Tales, offering yet more of Gaffney's weird and edgy ultra-shorts, plus several longer works, so you can spend even more time inside the baffling, hilarious and sometimes moving world of a David Gaffney story. Think Magnus Mills mashed with the League of Gentlemen with a jolt of Mark E. Smithery for grit, and you're nearly there. Though many of his stories are shorter than a Napalm Death snarl, these precision-engineered slivers of fiction leave you with the dying chords of a symphony. They are about the small people, the tiny Tardis folk with cathedrals inside them, creeping by unnoticed. These tales will have you laughing like at a Tommy Cooper video though there's something hideous gnawing at the door to get in. Be careful, a spoonful weighs a ton.
David Gaffney lives in Manchester. He is the author of several books including Sawn-Off Tales (2006), Aromabingo (2007), Never Never (2008), The Half-Life of Songs (2010) and More Sawn-Off Tales (2013). He has written articles for the Guardian, Sunday Times, Financial Times and Prospect, and his new novel, All The Places I've Ever Lived, is due out in spring 2017. See www.davidgaffney.org.
1. 45 REVOLUTIONS PER MINUTE: Art Movement The Kids from Film Noir Pretty, Ain't It? All Mod Cons Sniffin' Glue Still in Box Speaking in Pantone Die like a Rock Great Inventions # 1 Lucky Winner A Good Deal Through the Medium of Modern Dance Great Inventions # 2 Smaller than One Eightieth the Diameter of a Human Hair Blurred Girls The Secret Pictures of David Cameron The Newt Lady's Dead Now The Life of Riley You've Chosen to be Excited Great Inventions # 3 Are We Romping Now? Clown-Time is Over The Accused Made Spider Furniture Container Driver Using the Facilities When Chairs Attack Shooting Lulu A Feel for Format Grockel Bashing Cleaning up New York Aromabingo 2. TWELVE-INCH SINGLES: The Happiness Well Last Chance to Turn Around You and You Alone Only the Stones Remain In the Days Before Trickery The Nineteen Seventy-Six Trouser Famine Who reads this story will not sin What Would Bill Hicks Do? Mean Picking The Last Northerner 3. LONG PLAYERS: This is About Dixie Finding Skerryvore Does Anyone Care for You on a Regular Basis? Special Pudding Guided by Voices Gossamer 4. ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS
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