Sideshow: Stories - Sidney Thompson

Fiction / Short Stories
Trade cloth
6 x 9
144 pp

Sideshow features characters born from the rich, schizophrenic melting pot of the modern South, where urban and rural, educated and uneducated, privileged and poor, and white and black mix with surprising outcomes.

A sheetrock hanger copes with the loss of his hunting dogs, as well as his recent inability to kill, by adopting a poodle with heartworms to put down himself; an airbrush artist learns to counterfeit twenty-dollar bills to prove to his estranged wife that he is a genuine artist; a teenage boy becomes a peeping tom in order to discover the true reasons for his parents' divorce; a father takes his son with him to murder their next-door neighbor as a classical lesson of logic and revenge; a manager of an apartment complex is caught in a love triangle with a beautiful new tenant and her bedridden seven hundred pound husband, whose weight is matched only by his intellect.

This collection displays a menagerie of everyday misfits who serve as a reminder of human fragility and how freakish we can all become when our lives lack love or truth, or we suddenly discover it.


Praise from Paste Magazine:

Sidney Thompson's depiction of the South will be familiar to many. Sideshow—his new collection of short stories—is filled with hunters, carnival-sideshow freaks and families broken by death and divorce. The twist on the tried-and-true is Thompson's surprise here—this is the South seen more through the prism of R.E.M. than William Faulkner.

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About Sidney Thompson

Sidney Thompson's short fiction has been published in the Southern Review, the Carolina Quarterly, Louisiana Literature, and New Delta Review and has been anthologized in The Alumni Grill, Climbing Mt. Cheaha: Emerging Alabama Authors, and two volumes of Stories from the Blue Moon Café. He has twice been nominated for the Pushcart Prize, and "The Good Lie" (published in Sideshow as "The Aristotelian") was awarded third place in Playboy magazine's College Fiction Contest.

He has worked jobs as various as assembling blinkers on tractor trailers, loading and unloading airplanes at Federal Express, teaching world literature at a prep school, and selling new and used cars. Thompson received his M.F.A. in creative writing from the University of Arkansas.

Born and raised in Memphis, Tennessee, he now lives in Point Clear, Alabama, with his wife, novelist Jennifer Paddock.