Thursday, July 24, 2014

Thirsty Thursdays: Micah Dean Hicks

Modern fairy tale and fable writer Micah Dean Hicks creates worlds dark, strange, and startling. And with publications in over forty magazines, you know the man has to be good.

But what exactly does that mean? What is “good”? Let me explain it this way: some of his work feels like a first-rate nightmare. You know, the kind that starts off like the beginning of an amazing dream but slowly, unexpectedly, morphs into this bizarre, almost psychotic, terror that stays with you for a few days.

Yeah, that kind.

A native of southwest Arkansas, Micah’s work captures the essence of the rural South so well it feels like he ripped scenes out of Bodcaw, Waldo, and McNab and threw them on the page. His work is a magical realism-southern gothic love child: gritty, honest, and a little creepy.

Like I said, good stuff.

His collection, Electricity & Other Dreams, came out in 2013 and contains 25 short stories broken into five thematic sections: I. Scales, II. Sparks, III. Chimes, IV. Thorns, and  V. Bones.

Below are links to a few of the stories from Electricity (BONUS: the link for "Where the Electrician Went" has audio of Micah reading the story!):

Watermelon Seeds” (V. Bones)

Where the Electrician Went” (II. Sparks)

Gun Juggling” (IV. Thorns)

If you get your hands on a copy of Electricity & Other Dreams, I strongly suggest you give special attention to “Dessa and the Can Hermit” and “Ladybaby’s Chickens.” These two, along with “Watermelon Seeds,” are my absolute favorites. They have such a strong feel of rural life. And they are seriously weird. I couldn't find them online to link here, but they are really amazing stories.

So sit back, relax, and take a sip of Micah Dean Hicks. You won't regret it.


Want to learn more about Micah Dean Hicks? Visit his website.

Also, here is a podcast from the Missouri Review where Micah talks about his collection, his process, and his forthcoming work. Check it out.

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