The Mustache He's Always Wanted but Could Never Grow: And Other Stories

The Mustache He s Always Wanted but Could Never Grow And Other Stories In these twenty one comically gut wrenching stories highlighting schemers dreamers losers boozers stolen televisions professional wrestlers self mutilators compulsive masturbators shoe fetishi

  • Title: The Mustache He's Always Wanted but Could Never Grow: And Other Stories
  • Author: Brian Alan Ellis
  • ISBN: 9780615918327
  • Page: 477
  • Format: Paperback
  • In these twenty one comically gut wrenching stories highlighting schemers, dreamers, losers, boozers, stolen televisions, professional wrestlers, self mutilators, compulsive masturbators, shoe fetishists, and a dead cat named Johnny Thunders BRIAN ALAN ELLIS delivers a debauched world where sex is empty, life is meaningless, addictions are required, and nobody can ever getIn these twenty one comically gut wrenching stories highlighting schemers, dreamers, losers, boozers, stolen televisions, professional wrestlers, self mutilators, compulsive masturbators, shoe fetishists, and a dead cat named Johnny Thunders BRIAN ALAN ELLIS delivers a debauched world where sex is empty, life is meaningless, addictions are required, and nobody can ever get it together.

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    About "Brian Alan Ellis"

    1. Brian Alan Ellis

      BRIAN ALAN ELLIS is the author of three novellas, three short story collections, a book of humorous non fiction, and Something to Do with Self Hate, a novel His writing has appeared at Juked, Hobart, Monkeybicycle, Funhouse, Literary Orphans, DOGZPLOT, BULL, jmww, Heavy Feather Review, Connotation Press, Electric Literature, Vol 1 Brooklyn, People Holding, Hypertext Review, Queen Mob s Tea House, Fear No Lit, Atticus Review, Talking Book, and The Collapsar, among other places He lives in Florida.

    799 thoughts on “The Mustache He's Always Wanted but Could Never Grow: And Other Stories”

    1. At first I didn't care for these stories. Tales of woe concerning soured relationships and dead pets? I wrote crap like this in college. Then I was body slammed by Loco Mask II, a story about a man unable to handle his mother's relationship with a professional wrestler. It made me smile and giggle. And most importantly, it gave me hope that even though I am a decrepit old hag, I could one day win the favors of the fair Adrian Neville.Maybe then I could get him to stop tucking his hair behind his [...]


    2. This is trailer-park existentialism.This is Harmony Korine’s ‘Gummo’ if there were a sliver of heart in the center of its dead chest.This is the love song sung by every lowlife loser spending their days dragging tired bones across the gray face of Earth.This is the microscope that displays, in dazzling color, the ugliest (yet oddly comforting) side of mundanity.This is a damn good collection of short fictions by a damn fine writer.(Plus it’s called The Mustache He’s Always Wanted But C [...]



    3. Read 2/22/14 - 2/27/143 Stars - Recommended to those who enjoy reading about the downward swirl of bottom-rung humanity in the toilet of life101 PagesPublisher: House of Vlad ProductionsReleased 2013Brian Allen Ellis doesn't have much hope for the human race. He doesn't see us in vivid technicolor. Rather, to him, humanity is drenched in darkness, hidden in shadow, and exuding guilt and sin. Scraping the absolute bottom of the barrel, we find him shining a light on the squirmy, dirty, shifty sou [...]


    4. An interesting collection of short stories by Brian Alan Ellis, this is the first thing I've read by him and I think it is quite a good introduction to his work. I've not been blown away by them but I have enjoyed reading them. He has taken some pretty selfish and despicable characters and given each of them a voice in their own stories and because these characters are so horrible it does make it difficult to pick a favourite storyeing as I wanted to give so many of the characters a slap. Easily [...]


    5. In stories centering on people who are apparently at rock bottom, you wouldn't expect to feel a lot of empathy and identification. Sure, it makes for interesting reading, but you think what you'd feel is a "there but for the grace of" kind of thing. I don't feel that in these stories. What I feel is a surprising amount of that empathy and identification. Drunks, the depressed, people at the end of their rope. What Ellis knows and what we don't usually admit is that most of us are putting on a go [...]


    6. This is entertaining and memorable storytelling that I really enjoyed. From the gut and raw, humorous tales are laced with poignant moments without ever trying too hard. "Ideas for a One-Act Clown-and-Poet Play" was absolutely amazing. The utilization of the two characters to relay so many profound, relevant life concepts really spoke to me. For those who have enjoyed Scott McClanahan or Bukowski, this is with them in terms of quality. Recommended!


    7. I really enjoyed this book. The author tells it how it is. What we all really think and are afraid to say out aloud. Each story is truly believable (and maybe even relatable) with a twist of sick humor. It made me chuckle under my breath quite often. The funny sarcasm and silly puns the characters bring in each story is pretty entertaining. So if you want a corny laugh about the sucky things in life, I'd recommend this book to you.


    8. If you're easily offended, turn back now. If you like your fiction to have some grit and plenty of vulgarities, then Brian Alan Ellis's "mustache" collection is just the thing you've been searching for your whole life. This little book is filled with hilarious, absurd, dark, and offensive stories. It's hard to believe that Ellis could squeeze so much into so few pages. I'd list the best stories, but that would just be a list of all the stories in here. Do yourself (and Brian Alan Ellis) a favor [...]


    9. Work that speaks to a people that normally get so little attention: the blue collar, under-employed denizens who haunt grim, dead-end neighborhoods, bars, and couches, as they try to figure out how to get laid, fix there fucked-up relationships, find work, or care for their damaged family members, all of whom exist in some near dank netherworld, that so many of us scurry by on the way to somewhere else.More - bentanzer/2014/09



    10. I really don't know what I expected with this book. I thought it would be funny but it was really just depressing.


    11. Ellis writes the kind of fiction that makes you appreciate life a bit more. The writing style is the hook and he fills each of these stories with characters we probably knew at some point in our lives, but never realized how sad their lives were. If you're looking for something beautiful and inspiring you're reading the wrong book, and should look elsewhere. Despite the weepy, and often depressing theme, it's the way he writes that hooks you in. He has a talent for writing odd stories that are b [...]


    12. these stories reminded me of myself of versions of myself from alternate realties, but all of us still with major depressive disorder. existentialism in everyday, life experiences without it being right in your face. it made me laugh, and think "what even is reality or human beings? is my life is a tragic comedy for aliens to laugh at?". any book that makes me do that gets five stars. read the fuck out of this book


    13. Brian Alan Ellis writes some badass stuff. This book of stories is a must-have, filled with the kinds of characters who will make your skin crawl, keep you tight in your seat turning pages, and inevitably beg your empathy. I love the humans in this book. Ellis made me love them, he's that good, and he'll make you love them too.


    14. FULL REVIEW HEREOverall, The Mustache He's Always Wanted but Could Never Grow is a solid collection of sad short stories about sad people with sad lives. I would recommend this book, especially to fans of Charles Bukowski, Noah Cicero, and alt-lit in general.


    15. Really digged the raw edge bizarro factor of this collection of short stories. It was right up my alley. Recently a friend came over and stole the book from my apartment and I ordered another copy of it. Hope that tells you that I enjoyed it enough.


    16. While I know these are short stories, there wasn't enough character development unless the author's intention was to show a small glimpse into these sordid lives. I wanted to know more about these characters which is to the author's credit.


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