B. Horror: And Other Stories

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Taking a metaphor from the title story, Mayo is constantly concerned with what lies behind our seemingly humdrum and even frivolous lives: B horror, not even frivolous lives: B Horror, not even even high horror-is that what we're all about? Yes and no, for Mayo makes two other moves in this collection. The first uses a fine, stoic, sense of humor to permeate such stories as "Who Made You" and "Mortal Sins." The second elevates B Horror to grand tragedy when Mayo moves his final stories to Lithuania where World War II yet pervades the possibilities facing humans. Then Mayo brings it all back home in the final story, an odd sexual tryst between a presumably normal male and a quadriplegic female. In that story, reminiscent of Terence's claim that "nothing human is alien to me," Mayo points out that nothing there is really nothing alien to any human, after all. Mayo's metaphors and images are enhanced by a deceivingly simple prose that uses flatness to convey both humor and shock. As with the best of all riting, this work offers us the solace to continue.

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Has Robert's bride forsaken her self just as the mummy did for the Egyptian princess? Or will a prenuptial facelift convince her that even swamps and wild mushrooms are better alternatives? Will an older brother pull his younger sister from withdrawal by mimicking Godzilla? Or are there depths that even "Big Greenie" cannot swim? Do werewolves really lurk a Lituanian village? Or do buzzing, vintage WWII fighters planes remind us that terrors infinitely more horrible than Hollywood stalk us yet? In Wendall Mayo's second story collection, we probe what lies behind the dailyness of life, often through B. horror movie images and plots. Not all of these stories are dark, however. In the playful "Who Made You," the Baltimore Catechism's rote question-and-answer sessions offer an unexpected anchor to a couple on the verge of financial disaster. And even the title story, "B. Horror," leaves a whimsical, idyllic Frankenstein poised before his infamous, well with an equally idyllic young "girl" forever reaching to soothe his aching scars. Dark or light, Mayo's skein of words will thread through insistently, beautifully, and poignantly.

About the Author:

Wendall Mayo was born in Corpus Christi, Texas, in 1953. He completed his B.S. in chemical engineering at Ohio State University; B.A. in Print Journalism at the University of Toledo; M.F.A. in fiction at Vermont College; and his Ph .D. in twentieth century literature at Ohio University. He directs the creative writing Program at Bowling Green State University, where he teaches fiction writing, form and writing of fiction, and modern and contemporary literature. He is the author of two other books. The first is a story collection, Centaur of the North (Arte Publico Press), which was the 1997 winner of the Aztlan Prize and a finalist in both the violet crown Book award and the associated Writing's Program award Series in a short fiction. The second novel-in-stories titled In Lithuanian Wood (White Pine Presws, 1999). His short stories have appeared widely in over seventy magazines and anthologies, including The Yale Review, Harvard Review, Missouri Review, and Prarie Schooner. He has been awarded lectureships seven times by the Ministry of Education of the former Soviet Republic of Lithuania. His awards include a Master Fellowship from the Indiana Arts Commission; the HarperCollins Fellowship; resident writer appointments at the MacDowell, Djerassi Foundation, Yaddo, the Edward F. Albee Foundation, and Millay Colony for the Arts; the Eyster Prize; and First Prize in the Mississippi Valley Review Fiction Competition. He is Editor in Chief of the Mid-American Review.

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