The Big Baby Crime Spree, and Other Delusions
by Darrin Doyle
paperback, 110 pages
Novelist Christine Sneed writes that the stories in Darrin Doyle’s new collection “are full of rich, complicated characters and unique, unusual situations. The dark humor and pathos in these highly imaginative stories reminded me of the brilliant films of David Lynch. If Lynch wrote short fiction, it would doubtless lurk in the same neighborhood as Darrin Doyle’s.” These stories take us into the delusional minds of characters who are living on the edge (of society, of sanity, of presentability). Ultimately, their needs and desires feel surprisingly, disconcertingly familiar, but we’re confronted in each case with an otherness of perspective that remains unsettling and reminds us of the ordinary distances between people and the difficulty of understanding even ourselves.
About the Author
Darrin Doyle was born in Saginaw, Michigan. He has worked as a paperboy, a janitor, a mover, a telemarketer, a door-to-door salesman, a Kinko's Copy Consultant, a porn store clerk, a pizza delivery guy, a prep cook, a magazine store clerk, a technical writer, a freelance newspaper writer, an English teacher in Japan, and finally, a professor, and an author. Darrin has a brown belt in Tae Kwon Do and wishes he had stuck with it a little longer to get the danged black belt. He hoards and plays lots of musical instruments: guitar, piano, drums, mandolin, banjo, bass, ukelele, and a diatonic 4-string stick dulcimer. He is the author of six books of fiction, including, most recently, the novel The Beast in Aisle 34 (Tortoise Books 2021). He lives in Mount Pleasant, Michigan, and teaches at Central Michigan University. Check out his homepage.