Cumberland ISBN 0-937998-11-7 $7.95
"Sequential, chatty, and strictly twentieth century in subject and era, these stories revolve around the life of the artist in a world of popular culture; Brian Eno, punk rock groups, and the literary Romantic are the deus ex machina of his machine-age prose . . . Although the never-decreasing gap between family members and loved ones remains a strong theme in Peabody's work, his primary topic is of what's lost when zeal and zest come of age in a malevolent world."
- George Myers Jr.
Paraffin Days is Richard Peabody's first U. S. collection of short fiction. The book collects short stories written from 1977 to 1987 into two parts. Part one features twelve stories that deal with everything from sperm tests to Larry McMurtry, and feature universal stuff like radio stations, tree stumps, DC's 9:30 club, recording studios, guitar thrash, sexual atrophy, eels, video murders, Moby Dick, and Amsterdam along the way. Part two features a revised reprinting of Monaural, a small booklet of five stories, originally printed in Cornwall, England in 1980 by Colin David Webb's Kawabata Press,