book cover of False Bingo

False Bingo

(2019)
A collection of stories by

 
 
The mundane becomes sinister in a disquieting story collection from the author of The Grip of It

In Jac Jemc's dislocating second story collection, False Bingo, we watch as sinister forces - some supernatural, some of this earth, some real and some not - work their ways into the mundanity of everyday life.

In "Strange Loop," an outcast attempting to escape an unnamed mistake spends his days taxiderming animals, while in "Delivery," a family watches as their dementia-addled, basement-dwelling father succumbs to an online shopping addiction. "Don't Let's" finds a woman, recently freed from an abusive relationship, living in an isolated vacation home in the South that might be haunted by breath-stealing ghosts.

Fueled by paranoia and visceral suspense, and crafted with masterful restraint, these seventeen stories explore what happens when our fears cross over into the real, if only for a fleeting moment. Identities are stolen, alternate universes are revealed, and innocence is lost as the consequences of minor, seemingly harmless decisions erupt to sabotage a false sense of stability. "This is not a morality tale about the goodness of one character triumphing over the bad of another," the sadistic narrator of "Pastoral" announces. Rather, False Bingo is a collection of realist fables exploring how conflicting moralities can coexist: the good, the bad, the indecipherable.

Genre: Literary Fiction

Paperback Editions

October 2019 : USA Paperback
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Title: False Bingo: Stories
Author(s): Jac Jemc
ISBN: 0-374-53835-2 / 978-0-374-53835-4 (USA edition)
Publisher: MCD x FSG Originals
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   Amazon AU   


Kindle Editions

October 2019 : USA, Canada Kindle edition
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Title: False Bingo: Stories
Author(s): Jac Jemc
Publisher: MCD x FSG Originals
Availability: Amazon   Amazon CA