Queen's Ferry Press

The Life Story of a Chilean Sea Blob

Theodore Carter



Much as Theodore Carter’s title sea blob proves a challenge to classify, the other matters of importance in this, the author’s debut, story collection emerge as equally amorphous and downright slippery when it comes to categorization. Yet, fleshy narrative makes indexing possible by way of a catalogue of characters who aren’t simply arranged, but rarities that act—largely at great personal risk. From the competitive eater working against an internal clock to a disengaged young man beguiled by an animate voodoo doll, from a junior-high water-walker to an eyebrow arsonist, the affable oddities of The Life Story of a Chilean Sea Blob and Other Matters of Importance confront doubt in its multifarious forms, establishing classification—organized into engaging, compelling, and affecting—as tantamount to the anomalous lives we lead.

"Theodore Carter writes like a (seemingly impossible) mix of Christopher Moore and Raymond Carver. Like a crazy love affair that, in the end, becomes something real and lasting, these stories are both wildly original and gently human. With a keen eye and a razor-sharp sense of humor, Carter tells tall tales about sea blobs and boys who walk on water and ‘other matters of importance’ in a way that somehow shines a light on the small moments that make us human."
—Dave Housley, author of Ryan Seacrest is Famous

"Theodore Carter is a silly leaping gnome who dates zombies, practices voodoo, and walks on water, at least when not giggling while making you left–handed, or burning your eyebrows off. Think Roald Dahl as rewired by T.C. Boyle. This first collection of stories is a genre–bending mutant’s bible of gross–out jokes and yucks. You will love it."
—Richard Peabody, editor, Gargoyle Magazine

"Expect the unexpected—and to laugh out loud—when reading Theodore Carter’s delightful and original collection of stories, The Life Story of a Chilean Sea Blob and Other Matters of Importance. Not that it’s all laughs; despite their quirkiness, his characters are entirely human, facing their fears around coming of age, settling down, spending life alone, being unloved, or just plain growing old—in short, matters of importance to us all."
—Susi Wyss, author of The Civilized World

"Carter’s imagination gives us a holy mess of plots that defy the logic of disbelievers. Something grandiose happens in each story, grandiose and peculiar."
—Zachary Benavidez, editor, Potomac Review

Theodore Carter’s fiction has appeared in The North American Review, Potomac Review, and A cappella Zoo. He has also published in genre mags and themed anthologies focused on humor, horror, erotica, super powers, and Jimi Hendrix. He has an M.A. in creative writing from The Johns Hopkins University.

You can find out more at www.theodorecarter.com.