eyeballs growing all over me . . again
A 140 page story collection of whimsical, dreamy, absurd, surreal, fantasy, sci fi, and fairy tale adventures. These fables will make great story starters for young adults and reluctant readers. Some of the pieces are absurdist or surreal adventures that hearken back to imaginative absurdism, sci-fi, and fantasy of the 1950s.
With themes of longing, discovery, escape, eeriness and strange happenings in everyday life, readers will delight in these brief but wondrous adventures -
- a man comes home to discover a strange creature watching his TV.
- a giant robot pays a visit to a couple.
- the new kid at school has some unusual toys to share.
- an inventor creates an attractive robot in order to meet women.
- a girl becomes so ill she has her head replaced with a goat head.
- someone wakes to discover little eyes growing all over his body.
- small, hairy creatures come looking to retrieve an object they had misplaced.
- a boy finds an unusual pair of sunglasses in a field.
what others are saying:
. . the perfect solution to that artistic funk that visits us more often than we would like
. . brings together comedy and tragic social commentary
. . in the bizarre situations that Rauch crafts, we often see reality: Somehow those subtle layers of completely implausible situations reopen that door outside the box. It’s an escape from the MIT grindstone – and a way out of the dreaded artistic funk.
- MIT newspaper, The Tech
eyeballs is a raucous ride from reality to the uncanny, often over the course of a single sentence.
- The Prague Post
Rauch’s stories are free, fresh and strangely cheerful – well worth a read
- Oxford University, Cherwell newspaper, Oxford, England
The imagination behind these individual plots is endless, with each story almost as far-fetched as the last. . . Despite the odd circumstances each story leads to, they all manage to stay rooted in everyday life so that their events seem completely plausible.
. . a delight to read.
. . a fantastic book, great for reading on breaks from work or school. If you are looking for something to let your imagination loose, this is the perfect book for it.
- Savanna College of Art and Design, District newspaper
I was hooked. I may be a sucker for the fantastical, but most of the time I was laughing; and not at the antics on the page, but at the reflected antics of ‘real life’ as it was stitched up by Rauch.
. . intended to shake up ideas of normalcy and rock usual narrative complacency.
Rauch’s writing read like nothing I have read before. And I liked it.
I wanted strange and wonderful things to happen to me after reading this: Rauch has helped me to believe in the power of fairy-tales
. . we come out the other side feeling hopeful and more light hearted. This is the sort of book I wish I’d had to discuss during literature classes at school: clever, erudite, but funny, too, and very surprising and a damn good read.
– The Future Fire, United Kingdom
Absurd, surreal, playful, dream-like, whimsical, and a lot of fun to read. Tony Rauch has been one of my favorite short story writers for a long time. Like Richard Brautigan, he’s an uncompromising artistic visionary with one heck of an imagination.
– Carlton Mellick III, author of The Egg Man
Tony Rauch’s storys are comical, absurd, bittersweet, and simply a joy to read. Highly recommended.
– Cameron Pierce, author of The Pickled Apocalypse of Pancake Island