I often wish I was funnier.
I once expressed this to a friend of mine, who looked at me rather oddly and said “But you ARE a funny guy, Dave. Probably the funniest guy I know, now that I think about it.”
When I replied that people didn’t seem to laugh very much at what I said, he thought for a moment and then said “That’s because your humor isn’t really the kind that you laugh at.”
When I would submit humorous stories to my critique group, they would invariably come back with opinions ranging from “brilliant” to “awful”. Beauty may be in the eye of the beholder, but humor is apparently buried deep in a bone in your elbow that only makes its presence known when you hit it on the edge of a table. To say the least, humor is a very individual thing. For example, I have never found slapstick to be funny. I don’t like the Three Stooges and I pretty much loathe America’s Funniest Home Videos. People falling down and getting injured isn’t even remotely near my funny zone. Conversely, I find Kurt Vonnegut to often be side-splittingly hilarious. Most of my friends simply find Vonnegut perplexing.
All of which brings me to Strangely Funny.
A couple of intrepid ladies in Florida decided to enter the treacherous waters of small press publishing and started their own company, Mystery and Horror, LLC.. I admire their courage. I admire their fearlessness in the face of some pretty imposing odds against small publishers. Even more importantly, I admire their good tastes for selecting one of my stories to appear in their premier release. The editor posted a short interview with me on her own blog. You can read it here:
My story is called “If You Can’t Trust a Rhyming Demon, Can You Trust a Demon Not to Rhyme?” Even though it is populated with stereotypes and juvenile situations, it’s humor still relies on mostly on wordplay. I think it fits into the overall theme of “strange humor” nicely (or at least the “strange” part). I’ve read most of the book at this point, and as you would expect of an anthology, the stories within cover a wide range of styles. I found some of them to be quite funny, others I didn’t quite get at all. That is completely okay, and even to be expected. The writers in this book took some risks and found humor in odd places and situations. But as with all things in life, the greater the risk taken, the greater the potential reward.
Print version available from Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Strangely-Funny-Sarah-E-Glenn/dp/098900760X/ref=cm_cr_pr_product_top
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