Coffee House Press
“If It Were Anyone Else”
“If It Were Anyone Else” is from Lincoln Michel’s collection, UPRIGHT BEASTS (Coffee House Press, 2015). Michel is the online editor of Electric Literature and the co-editor of Gigantic. His work has appeared in Tin House, NOON, the Believer, American Short Fiction, Pushcart Prize XXXIX, and elsewhere. He lives in Brooklyn, NY.
“Michel’s stories are strange, haunting, and often very funny beasts. His prose is rich and also spare. He can kill you in two pages or take you for a long, dangerous, kooky ride—and then kill you. And by kill you, I mean thrill you. Savor this book and welcome Mr. Michel.”
“Lincoln Michel has created a sinister landscape that feels at once uncomfortably familiar and yet truly strange. This is the post-pastoral as creeping horror story—a kind of secret, alternate history of a forgotten America, a country of half-dead towns and empty streets. There are welcome echoes of Barthelme and others in here, but Michel’s voice carries through, darkly intelligent and unmistakably original. A tremendous debut.”
“Many fi rst books carry the suggestion of promise, of wonderful things to come, but it is most unusual to encounter a debut as agile and assured and utterly dazzling as Upright Beasts. These stories are mighty surrealist wonders, mordantly funny and fi ercely intelligent, and Lincoln Michel is a writer that will leave you in awe.”
—Laura van den Berg
“In Upright Beasts, Lincoln Michel uses the unreal and the surreal in ways that allow his readers to understand something about the human condition. Who are we when someone allows us to see ourselves more clearly? We are pitiful, ridiculous, beautiful, sometimes brave and sometimes cowards, but always—in these stories—illuminated.”