Stories For Nighttime And Some For The Day

Paperback | July 26, 2011

byBen Loory

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"If Mother Goose and Philip K. Dick had a love child, and Richard Brautigan raised him in Watermelon Sugar, he might write stories like Ben Loory." -Jonathan Evison

Loory's collection of wry and witty, dark and perilous contemporary fables is populated by people-and monsters and trees and jocular octopi-who are united by twin motivations: fear and desire. In his singular universe, televisions talk (and sometimes sing), animals live in small apartments where their nephews visit from the sea, and men and women and boys and girls fall down wells and fly through space and find love on Ferris wheels. In a voice full of fable, myth, and dream, Stories for Nighttime and Some for the Day draws us into a world of delightfully wicked recognitions, and introduces us to a writer of uncommon talent and imagination.

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"If Mother Goose and Philip K. Dick had a love child, and Richard Brautigan raised him in Watermelon Sugar, he might write stories like Ben Loory." -Jonathan Evison Loory's collection of wry and witty, dark and perilous contemporary fables is populated by people-and monsters and trees and jocular octopi-who are united by twin motivat...

Ben Loory is the author of the collection Stories for Nighttime and Some for the Day, and a picture book for children, The Baseball Player and the Walrus. His fables and tales have appeared in The New Yorker and on This American Life and Selected Shorts. He lives in Los Angeles, California, where he is an instructor for the UCLA Extens...

other books by Ben Loory

The Baseball Player and the Walrus
The Baseball Player and the Walrus

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:224 pages, 7.75 × 5.2 × 0.59 inPublished:July 26, 2011Publisher:Penguin Publishing GroupLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0143119508

ISBN - 13:9780143119500

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from A surprisingly wonderful short story collection! I had Ben Loory’s Stories for Nighttime and Some For the Day on my wishlist at the library for quite some time before I got it. Once I had it in my hands, I didn’t know what to think–I knew it was short stories, but for kids? For adults? With titles like ‘The Octopus’ or ‘The Fish in the Teapot,’ I thought maybe it was a scarier book of short stories for children. Either way, I was happy to give it a read–I had heard only good things about it. I started reading it late in the evening, just before bed. It’s a surprisingly quick read and only took a few hours. From what I read about Loory, the book was written after he had taken a course on writing short horror stories. While some of the stories in the book aren’t necessarily horror, a lot of them are definitely fantasy or magical. The ones that are horror really made me think, “Yes, this is not a kid’s book!” Think back to when you were a kid and you could just make up stories about silly things, you know–things that just don’t seem to go together, like an octopus living in the city, or the sea wanting to visit a house, or flying away like a balloon. This is what’s going on in Ben Loory’s head and it’s magical. I found all of the stories fascinating and would really recommend it to any writer who may be over-thinking their craft. The stories are very short, lots of little paragraphs, easy dialogue, but they’re definitely stories for an escape–in fact, none of them are what one would call “normal.” But that’s not a bad thing! It felt so nice to just escape into something completely different, something that I had never read before. Horror doesn’t have to be epic 500-page novels–Ben Loory shows that horror can encompass a mere 3 pages. And he succeeds in every single story in this book. Many of the stories in this small volume read like a little nightmare, a dark tale to chill you–just enough–on even the warmest day, while others are the epitome of charm and wit. This would be the perfect little book for a short story university class, giving each student their own little gem to dissect. I feel like I should reread the entire thing just to be sure I didn’t miss anything!
Date published: 2012-05-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A fantastic short story collection I love a good short story collection. When I was a kid, probably about eleven years old, I read Ray Bradbury's "There Will Come Soft Rains" and fell in love with short stories — I couldn't get enough. All of the short stories that I read just seemed so different from the novels that I was used to reading, so I read more and more. Bradbury, Poe, O. Henry, I lapped them up. At eleven, I didn't spend any time thinking about what made a short story so special, I just knew that they were different, and so I kept on reading. As a teenager, I gave more thought to the short story as an artform, and my respect for them grew (think along the lines of the Grinch's heart). I felt then, and still feel now, that a short story forces the reader to think more, and to engage with the narrative on a very different level than a novel does. A good short story, no matter what the genre, will stick with me for ages — in many cases, forever. It will keep you thinking long after you've closed the covers and returned the book to the shelf. So now that I've made clear my fondness for short stories, I'll get to spilling about Ben Loory's Stories for Nighttime and Some for the Day. Despite my inclination for short stories, there are some that I love, some that I like, and some that I don't care for. In the case of Stories, I loved it. The collection is witty and touching, and at the same time dark and terrifying. The stories in this collection run the gamut of emotions. Some of the stories are so short, I'd be inclined to call them microfiction — like "The Shadow" — while others are a more standard short story length. Regardless of length, each of the stories is beautiful. The following are four of the stories that really stood out, for me, in the collection: "The Swimming Pool," in which a man becomes convinced that there is a shark, and then a monster, living in a local public pool. "The Octopus," the story of an octopus lives in an apartment in the city, and his nephews come to visit him from the ocean."The Duck" is the tale of a duck that falls in love with a rock. This one really gave off the vibe of a myth or folk story. It was really beautiful. Finally, "The Man and The Moose" is another fantastic tale, this time of the friendship that develops between a moose and a parachuter. Each of these four stories is beautifully crafted, and each one keeps you thinking and, in some cases, smiling long after you've finished reading. As a reader, you know yourself whether you're inclined to like short stories. If you're a lover of short fiction, then I can't recommend this book to you enough. If you haven't picked up a short story collection in a while, I'd suggest you give this one a try. It's a beautiful, surreal collection that deserves to be read (over and over).
Date published: 2012-01-28
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Bizarre and Fanstatic In my time, I have read a lot of very bizarre books but this one truly takes the cake. A collection of short stories about some of the strangest things you can think of; an octopus that leaves the ocean to collect spoons in New York City to a TV that writes an opera about Winston Churchill, this book leaves you guessing. It is a masterpiece that leaves you feeling as if you've been plunged headfirst into the world of dreams and nightmares. Ben Loory has the beautiful ability to terrify and fascinate and intrigue all at the same time, leaving the reader captivated. I sat down with it, saying I'd only read a few of the stories but suddenly found that I'd read the whole thing from cover to cover.
Date published: 2011-10-19