Basement Man

BOOK COVER BLURB

A short story collection about Basement Man ; moody drunk, sometime rock climber, absurdist philosopher, raconteur of the ridiculous, rogue, and not-so-merry prankster from the North End of Yonkers (aka Junkies Paradise). An every-man for nobodies, he is ever adrift between the carrot of sobriety and the reality of carpe diem. Bowing only to the laws of Murphy, he can never decide whether the lucky ones are the survivors or those who died years ago.

Author Biography

Joseph Ferguson is an author, poet, and journalist appearing in a variety of small press, regional, and national publications. He wrote propaganda for a living for a variety of entities for some 25 years.

His recent collection of short fiction, Southbound, follows the exploits of one character, Basement Man.

He is a former editor and critic for Hudson Valley , ran the Fiction Workshop for the Poughkeepsie Library District, and regularly reviews books and videos for Climbing, The American Book Review, Kirkus Indie, and a number of other publications.

He also sells rock climbing t-shirts through his website: http://www.bumluckhome.com/

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MY REVIEW

I have never in my entire life of reading have laughed so hard. Southbound is a very different read like no other and quite honestly the blurb is what peaked my interest:

A short story collection about Basement Man; moody drunk, sometime rock climber, absurdist philosopher, raconteur of the ridiculous, rogue, and not-so-merry prankster from the North End of Yonkers (aka Junkies Paradise). An every-man for nobodies, he is ever adrift between the carrot of sobriety and the reality of carpe diem. Bowing only to the laws of Murphy, he can never decide whether the lucky ones are the survivors or those who died years ago.

The blurb was so bizarre and fresh that I had to read the book to find out how the author was going to write this type of subject matter. Well, he blew me away.

This book is amazing and Joe Ferguson is brilliant. Do yourself one HUGE favor and pick this up and read it! It’s a short story collection, and is easy to read, but very rough-hewn and authentic! Joe Ferguson is a true storyteller that made me feel like I was hanging out with Basement man. I give this 5 thumbs up if that’s possible?!?!?

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