Tales from the Vinegar Wasteland
by Ray Fracalossy
One part surrealist farce, one part psychotic hallucination. The story begins with a visit from a friend, Anton, who has been slowly losing his face. We meet Gregory, whose home now includes a non-existing room, and discover the joys of purchasing photographs of events that never happened. Somewhere, within the circle of life and death, isolation and romantic infatuation, where death and the afterlife are as confusing as day to day living and dreams are as real as reality, all of life's mysteries are solved. Including the discovery of who, or what God really is. Like a modern day Alice in Wonderland for adults.
"Wow...this is fucking rad...who is this writer...?"
—kurt k. heasley, fountainhead of acid rock legends LILYS
"Though Ray Fracalossy's work has an absurdist core reminiscent of the old school, it has a decidedly modern heart that makes you laugh and think at the same time."
—Kevin Donihe, author of Shall We Gather at the Garden?, editor of Bare Bone, and author of the soon-to-be-released Grape City
“Ray Fracalossy's ability to seamlessly blur the line between the irreal and real has made him one of the defining writers of the new absurdist movement. He possesses something rarely found in art today, a unique voice. Tales... is a novel that will more than likely outlast us all.”
—polycarp kusch, author, school marm, cannibal & founder of both oBook.org and the new absurdist website
Ray Fracalossy is a modern day absurdist and lover of
the bizarre. He holds no degrees in writing (his
fingers cramp, making gripping such documents
difficult), and wishes he had more time to read. Born
in New Jersey, a virtual mecca of the Absurd, he
lives with his wife and son, and enjoys spending his
free time with them, finding it gives him that warm
fuzzy feeling without any of the messy over-the-counter side effects. He is currently working on a
children's book, because someone has to open up and
mess with their little minds. Any interested parties
may contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org for further
Barbara Lovell Napoli lives, paints, and raises a family in beautiful Monmouth county, New Jersey. She is a self-taught artist, working primarily in acrylics, watercolor, ink and pencil. Her style runs the gamut from photo realism to the stuff that only dreams are made of... To view more of her artwork, go to www.lovenaps.com or www.ebsqart.com. Portraits and commissions are available by contacting her at Lovenaps@comcast.net.