Dean Paschal By the Light of the Jukebox

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By the Light of the Jukebox

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A first collection of stories tells the tales of culinary arts run amok, a drug addict's disturbing visit to an emergency room, a boy's seduction by a clockwork maiden, and a metamorphosed woman's re-experience of erotic moments from her previous life.

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Dean Paschal lives in New Orleans where he works as an emergency room physician. Stories of his appear in the Spring 2002 issues of Boulevard and Ontario Review.

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Exhuming a grotesque menagerie of characters from their resting places in the collective unconscious, Paschal animates them with dark desires and the occasional metaphysical musing. A 14-year-old boy has a sexual affair with a very strange doll; a woman, reincarnated as a python in a zoo, reminisces about bizarre orgies from her past life; a man contemplates killing a friend (a former lover) as a way of saving her from the consequences of her wild sexual escapades; an abandoned dog, near death, demonstrates the moral decay of the humans around him through the dignity of his death; a puppy describes his experiences in the womb, then dies mysteriously. Shocking, inscrutable, and sometimes wise, these unusual stories dredge the murky depths of the psyche. Paschal's prose is compelling, and he skillfully presents his characters as sympathetic, despite their bizarre behavior. Strange though they may be, Paschal's protagonists aren't caricatures; they are believable personae, whose logic operates on premises different from the norm. Bonnie Johnston
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