A Man Made Entirely of Bats

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‘These startling, often surreal and sometimes very funny microfictions seem at first glance to be no more than little jokes and deliberately whipped-up confections, but most have more to them on reflection. While some  do seem a little forced, they are mostly the sort of joyously crazy pieces that you’d expect from a book with a title such as this.’

The Sydney Morning Herald

In this collection of short stories and flash fiction, Patrick Lenton careens wildly across genres and draws on elements of surrealism, horror, fairytale, stand-up comedy and pulp fiction to generate tiny worlds that are surprising, original and frequently hilarious…  the stories are propulsive and readable, buoyed by a sharp and generous wit. There are echoes of David Sedaris’ surreal animal fables Squirrel Seeks Chipmunk. Like Sedaris, Lenton is hugely entertaining, which renders occasional moments of emotional tenderness all the more poignant.
– Bookseller + Publisher

 “Lenton’s writing is confident, witty and unashamedly fun, playing with genre tropes and narrative conventions… Like any comedian, some jokes land better than others, but the delight Lenton takes in wordplay and narrative experimentation is infectious, and there are frequent moments that are laugh-outloud hilarious. But there are moments of poignancy and melancholy too, and juxtaposed against the overall playfulness and strangeness of the collection, these moments, when they come, knock the wind out of you.”
– Readings Monthly.

‘Featuring a colourful assortment of superheroes, mutants, zombies, bank robbers and boy bands – these stories are wonderfully bizarre, original and hilarious. A new and original voice, Patrick Lenton’s short stories bring qualities rare in Australian fiction; inventiveness, humour, and a fine sense of the absurd.’ RYAN O’NEILL

‘I love Patrick’s stories because he seems to think a bit differently to everybody else. He strolls down the shoreline picking up seashells and gold coins and gemstones as well as bottle caps, discarded pantyhose, broken dreams and crisp packets and he makes them all play together in his wild sandcastle. Patrick is a bit like a child who knows way too much and also has a degree in poetics. Do not read this on the bus if you have a primal fear of laughing loudly in front of strangers.’

ZOE NORTON LODGE (Story Club, ABC TV’s The Checkout The Media Circus)

A Man Made Entirely of Bats is a collection of short stories and flash fiction by one of Australia’s newest voices. Comedic and absurd, these stories are an entertaining exploration of the concept of super heroes and of the super strange in our world.

This is well written silliness. ‘Radiocative Jerk’ tells of a man bitten by a jerk who gains the exponential strength of ten jerks. ‘The Insomni-Yak’ tells of  a man who can’t sleep and is visited by a well-meaning yak every night.

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The Sturgeon General: An anthology of comedy writing

Callum O’Donnell writes smart, cynical stories that reflect the sorry state of the world. It includes the story of a man who imitates plants to get ahead in the workplace, and a tale of eco-terrorism and fear mongering journalism in a small Australian town.

The Sturgeon General Recommends Geoff Lemon

The Sturgeon General Recommends Jack Vening

Adam Norris’s short story ‘One Black Stone’ features a post-rapture world suffering from seven strange plagues. But it turns out He has a sense of humour, and His plagues include a wave of Chihuahuas and dress hats.Now that the faithful have all ascended, John Parliament is left in the apocalypse with his shitty job, unfaithful wife and Kevin Costner obsessed friend. And the seventh and final plague is just around the corner. ‘One Black Stone’ is funny, sad and strangely beautiful.


5 thoughts on “A Man Made Entirely of Bats

  1. I am in graduate design school and was given the choice of any book to recreate with typography and original illustrations. I decided to tackle your hilarious and refreshing book of short stories. I hope I can do it justice. Cheers!

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