Dogsbodies and Scumsters
By Alan McCormick
Alan McCormick’s stories delve into a world of unfortunates and unforgettables, where humour is found in the darkest places and humanity comes in unexpected forms. This charged and intense collection brings together the brittle poignancy of McCormick’s Dogsbodies stories with the absurd surrealism of Scumsters, shorter works inspired by the illustrations of Jonny Voss.
Chillingly understated, delicate and disturbingly hilarious. Alan McCormick writes with sober compassion about ordinary, vulnerable and sometimes psychotic characters, struggling in an all-too-real world.
The Sacred Elephant had an atmosphere both contemporaneous and cosmopolitan. I saw in it the hand of an author who could one day be a master of this form.
Alan McCormick’s collection of short stories and illustrated writing with Jonny Voss, Dogsbodies and Scumsters, is released on May 26th. He was recently Writer in Residence for the Stroke charity, InterAct Reading Service. His short stories have won numerous prizes and have been widely published and performed.
Alan and Jonny collaborate on illustrated shorts under the name, Scumsters – see their site
Their work has been published by Volume, Litro, Decongested Tales and can be seen online at 3:AM Magazine and Deaddrunkdublin.
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