An inept improvisor downplays his fake drug addiction to impress a pretty grad student. A jaded trauma surgeon laments the dearth of comedy in his workplace. A forlorn circus clown tries to convince himself he has not been made a fool by his cheating spouse.
NICKEL PLATED GOLD is populated by characters stumbling–sometimes flailing–through lives fraught with self-doubt, delusion, and absurdity. From the ludicrous pontification of “How I Would Fight Certain Animals” to the tender rumination of “Love Life,” Brian Bieber’s first collection of stories is filled with characters who are desperate to do things right, but tend to fail hilariously.
“Without a lot of fanfare or exposition, [Brian] can connect what you don’t know with what you do. He recognizes there are moments in art that should be beautiful. There are moments that should not. His swift pacing allows him to do humor successfully; his facility with tone allows him to do absurdism; but it’s his rendering of human nature that defines my favorite of his stories.”
author of SPIRAL BOUND
from the foreword
“Funny, smart, and plenty weird. Also the perfect size to read on a single trip from the U.S. to wherever you travel abroad for illegal plastic surgery.”
– Jason Roeder
former senior writer, The Onion
What Advice Would You Give Aspiring Writers?
Don’t ask permission. That goes for subject matter and publication. There are no gatekeepers anymore, and there are no rules.
Brian Bieber is the producer of The Ghosts & Horses Radio Hour podcast, and author of the story collection, Nickel Plated Gold. He recently wrote and starred in “My DJ,” a short film that was featured on the homepage of FunnyOrDie.com. Brian’s work has been published by reputable literary outlets like McSweeney’s Internet Tendency, and he has been the grateful recipient of grants from the SASE/Jerome Foundation and the South Dakota Arts Council. He lives in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, the largest city in Minnehaha County. GhostsAndHorses.com