Indignities of the Flesh -sigend-numbered (Item 1593) by Bentley Little
Synopsis: Bentley Little has forged a name for himself as one of the most startlingly original authors in contemporary horror. His subversion of genre tropes and talent for creating surreal, Boschian-like nightmares from the mundane is without parallel.
Herein you'll meet: the mischievous 'Rodeo Clown', who may very well be evil incarnate, or perhaps little more than an innocent bystander in a ring of coincidence, a man obsessed with dental hygiene to the point of stalking, in 'Brushing', a cynic forced to tag along on an ill-advised trip to a faith healer in 'Documented Miracles', a demented birthday girl whose equally demented birthday wishes are about to come true, in 'Happy Birthday, Dear Tama', a family on the run from cartoonists in search of their god, in 'Loony Tune', and a man who pays the ultimate price for circumventing a parking attendant in the never before published, 'Valet Parking'.
Rounding out the collection are 'The Black Ladies' and 'The Pinata', a pair of unsettling stories culled from childhood nightmares, and the surprisingly poignant 'Even the Dead', which documents the last days of a tender partnership between two friends, only one of whom is still alive.
Indignities of the Flesh is a superlative gathering of the kind of twisted, darkly humorous, and mind-bending stories for which Bentley Little is best known.