The Horror of the Ordinary by Richard Krause
Book Title: The Horror of the Ordinary
Author: Richard Krause
List Price: $17.00
Publication Date: March 5, 2019
About the Book
The stories in this collection deal with a property owner’s infestation of Japanese beetles
in his backyard, panic over an imminent marriage driving a man across state lines, the unfortunate tragedy of a too tall Afghan named Hamid, the consequences to a laborer getting a splinter in his finger when disposing of Christ’s cross, an orthodontist’s big game hunting coming home to roost, a study of goodness in a nun departing Appalachia whose ancestors prosecuted Indian Wars in Iowa, the unexpected tragedy of a Japanese pitcher’s performance in American baseball, the legacy of an alumnus of the year’s service in the CIA creating orphans for a Pennsylvania orphanage, a shocking personal discovery investigating a decades-long crime spree in Ohio and Pennsylvania, a bizarre use for spoons in a college cafeteria, a man’s overpowering attraction to women with glasses, the striking consequences of bullying in Japan, the fate of a muskrat coat for a Red Cross worker, speculations on suspenders that barely hold a high school reunion together, a zoo story during a civil war in Africa, family taunting on a vacation swim that goes horribly wrong, police brutality towards an apparent sex offender, disturbing thoughts about an alligator watchband, the horrid ending to a family history of food, a visit to a restaurant in Richland, Kentucky that uncovers revelations about the Middle East, a scarlet letter for a girls’ basketball coach that ruins the season, the story of betrayal of a ninety-year-old woman, and the charting of a Japanese puppet master’s decline.