cigar-tin stories (from top to bottom) 160, 161, 162, 163, 164, 165.
preview for private buyers
ink (Payne’s Grey) on Japanese paper (Kozuke White, natural fibres)
8.5 x 11 inches
inspired by the story of the same name, from the book Dark All Day
part of a series, going into a group show
mixed media on cradled wood board; 6 x 6 inches
for the GRID show at artstream studios
two little widows
watercolour and pencil on paper
cigar-tin story #153
My second book, Dark All Day, is here.
Forty-one stories, each one opening with an illustration.
Darryl Joel Berger’s short stories are dark, subversively funny, and surprising. Dark All Day thrusts us into uncomfortable worlds and scenarios, making us confront characters we’d probably never want to encounter in real life. Berger writes tales where a hand inevitably draws back the curtain to offer moments that are, in his words, “so blackly alive.” –– Gillian Sze, author of The Anatomy of Clay and Fish Bones, shortlisted for the 2009 QWF McAuslan First Book Prize
With his second collection of short fiction, DJ Berger offers 41 discrete tales of indiscreet characters. They will blow your mind one by one. If you crossed Stephen King with Raymond Carver you’d be getting close to what’s going on here. The vision is bleak indeed, but also funny, intimate, and more than painfully real: a true dark triumph. –– Carolyn Smart, author of Hooked and At the End of the Day
Each of the illustrated fictions in Dark All Day is a few minutes of true darkness in a world of humming fluorescence. Taken together, they’re an eclipse that doesn’t require special eyewear, a black eye without the looming fist. To sum: Darryl Joel Berger’s second collection of stories is a bleakly excellent mash-up of image and text. –– Ariel Gordon, author of Hump
The stories and illustrations in DARK ALL DAY are disturbing and delightful in equal measure. Darryl Joel Berger is an exhilarating writer possessed of an apocalyptic (possibly apoplectic?) imagination fuelled by adrenalin, anxiety, and achingly acute observations of our unravelling world. –– Diane Schomperlen, author of Forms of Devotion, winner of the Governor General’s Award
From the first page, you know you’re in the wrong hands. So perfectly, exquisitely wrong. –– Peter Darbyshire, author of Please and The Warhol Gang
Each book (from my shop) comes signed and with an original drawing tucked inside.
A sample review of the book can be found here.
contains the short story “Wounds”
mixed media on masonite
8 x 10 inches