Southbound

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.

From: Invitation to the Blues

"She's a moving violation

From her conk down to her shoes,

But it's just an invitation to the blues"

Tom Waits  

 

The sky was that super-3-D dark-bright ... looks like the whole fuckin scheme of things is gonna change...or like you're standin on another planet...And the clouds are churnin and curdled like lemon-flavored milk, their guts all twisted and seethin with Frankenstein lightning ... And you really feel like somethin's gonna happen ... dogs'll start talkin, the dead start walkin, and Christ, the least'll happen is some house'll come whippin the fuck outa Kansas and zap some old witch in striped socks.

 But just when you figure the laws of physics are gonna be repealed, all it does is start fuckin rainin ... and you're left standin like a douchebag with nature washin the big ideas clean out your brain.

 

Synopsis
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.
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.

This book is amazing..." (Tattered Remains Review)

Magnificent writing!" Sevda Khatamian (Amazon Review)

"I would not be surprised if this book became a classic." Ashley Nestler, Peachy Keen Book Reviews

"Brilliant - plain and simple...Ferguson's deeply rich language is laugh-out-loud hilarious at times and philosophical at others..." Dylan Callens (Amazon Review)

"...almost Joycean in its direction and presentation." R. C. Larlham (Amazon reviews)

"Holy crap! The writing was phenomenal!" J.Kahele (Goodreads)

Brilliant writing, insightful story - must read!" - Sandy Morgan (Amazon Review)

"Great Book" (Amazon Review)

The storytelling is marvelous...The language is authentic..."Getty Ambau (Amazon Review)