B. Horror: And Other Stories

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Wendell Mayo's second collection probes behind the dailyness of life by using horror movie images and plots as metaphors. Has Robert's bride forsaken her selfness for Robert just as the Mummy did for the Egyptian princess? Will an older brother's lifelong efforts in mimicking Godzilla eventually reach through to his ever more withdrawn sister? Or are there depths that even "Big Greenie" can't plummet? Do werewolves stalk the streets of a Lithuanian village? Or do the vintage WWII fighter planes flying overhead remind us that something much more horrible, much more concrete, might yet remain? While Mayo's vision is dark, it is not unremittingly so. In the playful "Who Made You" the Baltimore Catechism's rote questions offer an unexpected anchor to a couple on the verge of separation and financial disaster. Dark or light Mayo's skein of words threads insistently, beautifully, and poignantly.

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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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