Massive Cleansing Fire



A Combat Photographer Transitions To Suburban Life An Overcrowded Clown Car Picks Up Too Much Speed A Sara Lane Luxury Cruise Takes A Vindictive Turn In This Series Of Linked Stories, Each One Ends In Fire Woven Between Them Are Descriptions Of Life After A Fiery Apocalyptic Event, Something Close To The End Of The WorldMassive Cleansing Fire

Dave Housley s fourth collection of short fiction, Massive, Cleansing Fire, a series of linked stories that all end in a massive, cleansing fire, will be published by Outpost 19 Press in Spring 2017 He is the author of If I Knew the Way, I Would Take You Home Dzanc Books , Commercial Fiction Outpost 19 , and Ryan Seacrest is Famous Impetus Press, Dzanc Books eBook Reprint His work has appeared in Hobart, Mid American Review, Quarterly West, Wigleaf and some other places He is one of the founding editors of Barrelhouse magazine, and a co founder of the Conversations and Connections writer s conference Sometimes he drinks boxed wine and tweets about the things on his television at housleydave.

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  • Paperback
  • 120 pages
  • Massive Cleansing Fire
  • Dave Housley
  • 06 February 2018
  • 1944853146

10 thoughts on “Massive Cleansing Fire

  1. says:

    Linked stories about the end of the world with many beautifully observed moments At times the connective tissue of the stories weakened but overall this is a great collection, well worth a read for both the prose and the premise.

  2. says:

    What does a Friends addicted arsonist and a war photographer have in common What does a Paula Deen esque character and a clown car have to do with a virus that wipes out mankind This collection of stories ties together the multi faceted personalities and individual experiences of people like yourself and people who you have probably never once thought about Housley somehow gets into the mind of so many different characters and shows them to us at their lowest, their most vulnerable and lost m What does a Friends addicted arsonist and a war photographer have in common What does a Paula Deen esque character and a clown car have to do with a virus that wipes out mankind This collection of stories ties together the multi faceted personalities and individual experiences of people like yourself and people who you have probably never once thought about Housley somehow gets into the mind of so many different characters and shows them to us at their lowest, their most vulnerable and lost moments He does so with clear writing and humor and a certain grace while navigating the implications of a society bent on pop culture a society that is slowly being consumed by a Massive Cleansing Fire of its own making

  3. says:

    This review comes with the disclaimer that Dave is one of my good friends, HOWEVER it s worth noting that one of the things I really like about Dave is his writing, and THEREFORE this 5 star rating, though it could be viewed with skepticism, is still a fully earned 5 star rating, and not some bullshit 3 star rating rounded up to 5 due to friendly loyalty Every story in this book ends with a massive cleansing fire, which may sound gimmicky and it is, to an extent , but the thing is, the fires s This review comes with the disclaimer that Dave is one of my good friends, HOWEVER it s worth noting that one of the things I really like about Dave is his writing, and THEREFORE this 5 star rating, though it could be viewed with skepticism, is still a fully earned 5 star rating, and not some bullshit 3 star rating rounded up to 5 due to friendly loyalty Every story in this book ends with a massive cleansing fire, which may sound gimmicky and it is, to an extent , but the thing is, the fires seem natural to the stories, and they are definitely not the most important part of the stories If there was nothing else going on here, it would be a one note book, some stories that are essentially jokes But the thing Dave does really well, in all of his writing, is inhabit characters who might normally be viewed as fringe characters losers, people in moments of life transition, unfulfilled middle aged people who have tried to do well but have come up with nothing to show for it and imbues them with real humanity and pathos The stories are funny, and they re smart, and they re all windows into the lives of fully realized people who might be relegated to stock characters in a lesser book My favorite story in here is the one about the 7 clowns all crammed into a clown car, where we get glimpses of each clown s POV, just a sense of their long history and working relationship and the ways they have tried to make something work in their lives I don t think there s a better illustration of Dave s talents than an 1800 word story that somehow makes 7 clowns and a monkey in a clown car seem real, human, and tragic while also making you laugh

  4. says:

    This linked collection provides an interesting contemplation of the human contradictory impulses of self destruction and self preservation We want to be freed of our burdens, but we cling to the dear parts that would necessarily have to go with It s a mixed bag, just like everything in our lives On an individual story level, I prefer the main pieces as opposed to The Fires sequence There istension in the former and thusemotion to move, but the latter is necessary for the larger p This linked collection provides an interesting contemplation of the human contradictory impulses of self destruction and self preservation We want to be freed of our burdens, but we cling to the dear parts that would necessarily have to go with It s a mixed bag, just like everything in our lives On an individual story level, I prefer the main pieces as opposed to The Fires sequence There istension in the former and thusemotion to move, but the latter is necessary for the larger picture On the big picture level this book is very interesting More than just linked, there is a main theme, that destruction preservation duality, that makes this book function almost as a novel It is an intriguing use of the linked short story form

  5. says:

    There s an entire chapter and some change about some goddamned clowns I don t care that it s well written, that it s funny and sad, that the thread is continued throughout the book and connected Dave Housley wrote about a pack of clowns and an apocalypse and I m so angry about this I hate clowns and I hate Dave Housley Also, this book is really good Most of the book is not about clowns There s a chapter about a thinly veiled Paula Deen that s tense and hard to read in a great way and anoth There s an entire chapter and some change about some goddamned clowns I don t care that it s well written, that it s funny and sad, that the thread is continued throughout the book and connected Dave Housley wrote about a pack of clowns and an apocalypse and I m so angry about this I hate clowns and I hate Dave Housley Also, this book is really good Most of the book is not about clowns There s a chapter about a thinly veiled Paula Deen that s tense and hard to read in a great way and another chapter about a dude from State Farm So, it s not just about clowns It s about fires and how we get in our own way Well done, Dave Housley

  6. says:

    The end of the world is popular again This incredibly slim book of short stories some connected together, some not reads just like the crazy crap I wrote in my late teens We are all going to die Good I m glad.There are a few gems in here Somewhat preachy woke stories of race and class They re both fun and a lecture for the non woke Which can be charming and annoying.This book is decent enough, if you re feeling bitter But it feels like teenage angst.I bought it while on holidays on B The end of the world is popular again This incredibly slim book of short stories some connected together, some not reads just like the crazy crap I wrote in my late teens We are all going to die Good I m glad.There are a few gems in here Somewhat preachy woke stories of race and class They re both fun and a lecture for the non woke Which can be charming and annoying.This book is decent enough, if you re feeling bitter But it feels like teenage angst.I bought it while on holidays on Boston Mostly for the title and the opening

  7. says:

    Somewhere I read a description of the sketch show I Think You Should Leave as regularly going from point A to point B to point F Housley could make literary fiction out of retellings of those sketches Many of these stories are funny, a couple are quite sad, and the central conceit has some bonus resonance when read right now, during a global pandemic Much like a sketch show, these stories often end, rather than having endings, but that s kind of the purpose of massive fires in short stories Somewhere I read a description of the sketch show I Think You Should Leave as regularly going from point A to point B to point F Housley could make literary fiction out of retellings of those sketches Many of these stories are funny, a couple are quite sad, and the central conceit has some bonus resonance when read right now, during a global pandemic Much like a sketch show, these stories often end, rather than having endings, but that s kind of the purpose of massive fires in short stories, I reckon

  8. says:

    This mid apocalyptic book is perhaps the perfect little book for our times The world may be burning, but amidst the fire there is humanity and humor and heart Beautifully written and observed.

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