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


Join Christopher Dewan for 30 Stories in 30 Days at The Eckleburg Workshops

Christopher DeWan is author of the book, Work and Other Essays, and has published over three dozen stories in journals including A cappella Zoo, Bartleby Snopes, The Doctor T. J. Eckleburg Review, DOGZPLOT, Jersey Devil Press, JMWW, Juked, Necessary Fiction, and wigleaf. His fiction has been nominated twice for the Pushcart Prize. As a screenwriter, he has been recognized by CineStory, the Creative World Awards, Final Draft, the PAGE Awards, Screencraft, and Slamdance. He works as a strategist and storyteller for new media, collaborating on videogames, web series, and other second-screen and transmedia properties for Bad Robot, Paramount, Universal, the Walt Disney Company and others. In 2013, he was a featured copywriter on AMC’s The Pitch. He has an MFA in critical studies and theater from the California Institute of the Arts and an undergraduate degree in philosophy from Cornell University. He has been a consultant for the literary magazine Electric Literature, a contributor at the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference, a guest artist at the Music Center of Los Angeles, a member of the Community of Writers at Squaw Valley, and an instructor at the California State Summer School for the Arts, teaching fiction and screenwriting.