ISBN: 979-8-9886903-2-0 (Print)
$16 (Print); $9.99 (eBook)
About the Author
MATTHEW THOMAS MEADE has previously delivered newspapers, worked in a library, planted trees, and served coffee for a living, but he doesn’t do any of those things anymore. His fiction has appeared in The Sun Magazine, Bourbon Penn, The Saturday Evening Post, and elsewhere. His chapbook, Rocketflower, won the C&R Press Summer Tide Pool Contest. Some of his work, as well as the one good picture he has of himself, can be found at http://www.matt hewthomasmeade.com. Sometimes he has a mustache.
Strip Mall: Stories
A young lawyer moonlights as an ersatz psychic; a woman struggles with the caregiver burden caused by her boyfriend’s satanic possession; a suburban mother reckons with Kafka’s The Metamorphosis in mass-casualty form. In the blank quotidian spaces of Matthew Meade’s debut collection, circumstances of profound and surreal horror—reanimated corpses, conspiracy theorists attacked by “energy weapons,” highbrow artwork that’s alive (and acting like a jerk)—dissipate with shockingly deadpan ease into sensitive accounts of ordinary human relationships and resilience. With its heartfelt portraits of a magical world where late-stage capitalism has blurred the boundaries between the living and the dead, Strip Mall presents a strangely grace-filled vision of the dystopia already upon us.
Advance Acclaim for Strip Mall: Stories
“Meade has some George Saunders to him. He possesses that scythe-sharp wit that razes easy answers, so he can show us the beauty and indignity of human truth.”
--Joshua Mohr, author of Sirens and Damascus