The Horrors: An A to Z of Funny Thoughts on Awful Things by Charles DemersThe Horrors: An A to Z of Funny Thoughts on Awful Things by Charles Demers

The Horrors: An A to Z of Funny Thoughts on Awful Things

byCharles Demers

Paperback | October 17, 2015

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A darkly mirthful and alphabetical approach to very bad things from comedian Charles Demers.

Comedian-author Charlie Demers, whose brain-bending brand of black humour will be familiar to followers of CBC Radio's The Debaters, offers his madcap perspective in a new collection of essays highlighting a wide range of topics under the heading of Bad Things. The Horrors is presented abecedarian-style, despoiling a beloved children's book tradition in order to explore personal hangups that range from the slightly awkward to the down-right terrible.

Beginning with ‘A’ for ‘Adolescence,’ Demers recalls his sexless teenage years spent in a Trotskyist sect, and ‘B’ for‘Bombing’ offers a first-person account of the agonies of stand- up comedy gone wrong. ‘E’ for ‘End of the World’ exploresthe wacky world of Preppers (YouTube how-to-prepare-for- the-apocalypse experts), while ‘F’ for ‘Fat’ explains what life is like for those with both testicles and breasts. Other essays creep toward the pain side of the hilarity/agony line: ‘D’ for‘Depression’ and ‘M’ for ‘Motherlessness’ traverse topics that more balanced minds might hesitate to make light of.

Fortunately, Demers does not let tact or sensibility deter him from pushing humour to its hysterical limit in orderto examine our deepest fears. With artful insight, he never minimizes the very real pain inherent in some topics and uses comedy as a catharsis rather than a numbing agent. Dark, smart and funny, in the sunny world of The Book of Awesome and The Happiness Project, The Horrors will be a shadow...or at least a shadow puppet.

Charles Demers is an author, stand-up comedian, and adjunct professor of creative writing at the University of British Columbia. His collection of essays, Vancouver Special (Arsenal Pulp Press, 2009), was shortlisted for the Hubert Evans BC Book Prize for Non-Fiction. He is also the author of a novel, The Prescription Errors (Insomnia...
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Title:The Horrors: An A to Z of Funny Thoughts on Awful ThingsFormat:PaperbackDimensions:224 pages, 9.1 × 6 × 0.6 inPublished:October 17, 2015Publisher:Douglas And McIntyre (2013) Ltd.Language:English

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ISBN - 10:1771620315

ISBN - 13:9781771620314

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