ECKLEBURG BOOK CLUB | Hoopty Time Machines

Advance Praise for HOOPTY TIME MACHINES:
“Funny, sharp, playful zingers of stories that reach right out to grab a reader.”
– Aimee Bender, author of The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake

Hoopty Time Machines is much like a bag of M&M’s, in that it’s nearly impossible, once you’ve opened it, not to consume it down to the last morsel, and fast. It is less like a bag of M&M’s in that you never know what you’ll find beneath the candy coating: a peanut or an amphetamine, a rosary bead or a thumbtack.”
– Kevin Brockmeier, author of The Illumination

“Reading the book is like staring into a spiderwebbed mirror, the perfect vessel by which to understand our fractured, absurdist world. There are hints of Barthelme, Vonnegut, and Calvino to be found here, but make no mistake: DeWan is something gloriously new.”
– Nathan Ballingrud, author of North American Lake Monsters

“An absolute delight from the first page to the last: it’s like that scene in Singin’ in the Rain, only with ideas instead of puddles.”
– Ben Loory, author of Stories for Nighttime and Some for the Day

“A wide-ranging tour of lives, sometimes funny, often tragic, usually bizarre, and always interesting.”
– Ramona Ausubel, author of Sons and Daughters of Ease and Plenty

“These abrupt, funny, vigorous stories—involving urban legends, minotaurs, little mermaids, chupacabras, and changelings—contain in their brevity vast depth and import. These are stories to read, reread, and perennially enjoy.”
– Sharma Shields, author of The Sasquatch Hunter’s Almanac


Christopher DeWan
Christopher DeWan has published short stories in journals recently including Bartleby Snopes, Grey Sparrow, Jersey Devil Press, Necessary Fiction, Rose & Thorn Journal, and wigleaf, and his story "The Garden" was nominated for the 2013 Pushcart Prize. Learn more at