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Old School Dan OShea

Old School

Dan OShea

Published March 17th 2012
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Old School is a collection of fourteen short stories.Why Old School? Bette Davis famously noted that Old age aint no place for sissies. In these stories the protagonists may not all be old, but aint none of them young anymore. Theyre past theMoreOld School is a collection of fourteen short stories.Why Old School? Bette Davis famously noted that Old age aint no place for sissies. In these stories the protagonists may not all be old, but aint none of them young anymore. Theyre past the solipsism of youth, that grandiose narcissism that lets the young imagine the world as a stage devoted to their glories. Every character in Old School knows that life isnt a stage, its a ring. And youd better learn to take a punch, because life is the undefeated heavyweight champion of the world. You might land a shot here and there, but you are gonna get your ass beat and, in the end, youre going down for the count. Life is however-many-billions and 0, and each of us is just one more digit on the wrong end of that equation.PRAISE FOR OLD SCHOOL:Sometimes OShea writes with this savage and wild masculine abandon - guns and broken fucking bones and toothbrushes jammed into the backs of skulls and a muscular but jaded outlook on the vagaries of mankind and the cruelty of fate. And other times, he writes with such poise, such perfect emotional rapport that you feel a horror of intimacy - he makes monstrous criminals human and understandable and the average everyday schmucks seem like demons in human skin. He can swing from erudite to profane, from the sublime to the perverted, like it aint no thing. Ive read thousands of books, no one writes like Dan OShea. Hes a major fucking talent. The world will know. - John Hornor Jacobs, author of SOUTHERN GODS and THIS DARK EARTHDan OShea is a master of characters filled with grit and fascinating depth. Old School grabs you by the gut with the first story and roars to the end. I couldnt stop turning that pages and Ill never think of Girl Scout cookies in the same way ever again. - Joelle Charbonneau, author of SKATING AROUND THE LAW, SKATING OVER THE LINE and MURDER FOR CHOIRDan OSheas writing hits hard. The characters in OLD SCHOOL are mad, bad, and dangerous to know. But they are also filled with genuine longing, desperation, and sorrow, making them resonate off the page. No matter how far theyve fallen, theres always something more to lose. - Hilary Davidson, author of THE DAMAGE DONE and THE NEXT ONE TO FALLWhip smart and razor sharp - these stories are fast, mean, and true to the very bone. Dan OShea can write. - Lou Berney, author of GUTSHOT STRAIGHTDan OShea infuses his writing with a grounded humanity that gives OLD SCHOOL a serious punch. Tales of men and women from the far side of life, with too many years and too many miles on them. These are powerful stories of doing the right things for the wrong reasons, of sacrifice and desperate measures. From the short, quick jab of ABSALOM to the slow and sad SHACKLETONS HOOCH, these are stories youre not going to forget. - Stephen Blackmoore, author of CITY OF THE LOSTOShea is my kind of writer- hard and honest, fast and funny. Old School is full of elders who demand your respect, at the point of a shotgun. The characters talk like real people, and make decisions like desperate people- meth heads, killers, drug dealers and gigolos, this books got it all. After reading this, Ill always think twice before trying to knock over a Girl Scout. - Jay Stringer, author of OLD GOLD, coming in 2012 from Thomas & MercerThe stories in OLD SCHOOL aint the kind to feature sexy, badass twentysomethings, who -- for all their bitching -- could fit their worries and belongings both into a backpack and still leave room for a sixer of PBR. OLD SCHOOL is full of folks with jobs, with debt, with families, with regret- folks with shit to lose, and heights from which to fall. That makes them real. That makes them desperate. OLD SCHOOL is tough and funny and honest and brutal -- and on occasion, all at once. In short, its not to be missed. - Chris F. Holm, author of DEAD HARVEST and 8 POUNDS