Jerry Bumpus

Jerry Bumpus

Jerry Bumpus is the author of two previous volumes of stories, Things in Place and Special Offer, and a novel, Anaconda. He lives in Southern California and teaches at San Diego State University.

Heroes and Villains

Jerry Bumpus is one of those extraordinary writers whose imagination is never dull … His vision will shock, surprise, and intrigue you.

Diane Wakoski

Heroes and Villains

Jerry Bumpus

Heroes and Villains, by Jerry Bumpus (FC2, 1986)

1986

Hardcover
ISBN 978-0-914590-92-7

Paperback
ISBN 978-0-914590-93-4

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Heroes and Villains is a collection of nine short stories from the shadows cast by such legendary figures as Patty Hearst, Richard Nixon, and Charles Manson, and from the denser obscurity of simpler folks. Some of the stories are comic, some almost as sinister as their subjects.

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Jerry Bumpus has an eye for freaks …His place is American space, mainly the Southwest and Midwest: highways, motels, diners, used car lots, golf courses, cabins in the woods. There he unleashes his monsters, watching them settle the territory.

The New Republic

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Novelist Vance Bourjaily has called Jerry Bumpus the ‘king of underground writers.’ His tightly written, precise, and surrealist stories are definitely not for the squeamish, but the effect is overwhelming.

Library Journal