A shadow with a mind of its own detaches from its host's body-to find someone else to control. An intergalactic traveler attempts to locate the very center of the universe, and discovers the secrets of the human mind. A devilish Chihuahua demands to be fed more and more meat-and then develops a taste for human flesh. Those are just a sampling of the 21 unusual short stories collected in this singularly unique and sharply drawn volume. José Cepeda García's world is one in which fantasy and reality coexist, producing an uncanny and dreamlike existence for his smorgasbord of characters drawn from all levels of society. It is a world filled with the strange and surreal, the frightening and the fantastic. But what at first shocks begins to feel oddly familiar and uncomfortably relevant as García trains his eye on the fundamentals of the human experience-from our capacity to endure great suffering to the never-ending quest for truth. What results is an exquisitely imagined world that might not be so strange after all...
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¨Hence she took the heart out and with wicked female joy, turning around, she ran away; shaking it, while it was still beating¨.
¨Do you want to know where the center of the universe will be within the next thirty seconds.
¨-… I want one of those which, Jason uses in the frightening – movies¨
¨- you are not going to dismember anyone, are you? ¨
¨You´ll see my commander, people say the man made a deal with the devil and to keep with a full of money suitcase that is buried in the house. And some days ago, he killed his wife, by command of the same devil. That is why the man almost never goes out, fearing for someone who gets to his house and steal his treasure.¨
About José Cepeda García
José Cepeda García was born in the Dominican Republic in 1978. He is a member of the well known Dominican literary circle Yelidá, and co-founder of the Punto & Seguido literary circle with José Bobadilla and other prestigious writers. García is the author of Fabulario de las Sombras (Fabled-Shadow’s Book) in collaboration with the writers Ana Brígida Gómez and Amado A. Chalas. He lives in the Dominican Republic.