Matthew C. Woodruff

26 Absurdities of Tragic Proportions

An utterly fascinating collection of short tales inspired by Edward Gorey’s alphabetical illustrations in ‘The Gashlycrumb Tinies.’

These tales capture the essence of dark humor and satire with one tale for each child depicted in Gorey’s most famous illustrations. These tales are all about human behavior, characteristics, chance and choice, and life and death.

From Mystery to SciFi, from Drama to Fairy Tale and from Adventure to Gothic, this book has something for everyone.



Hoping for an entry for the happy-ending machine? Herein, there is very little hope one can give you. This is a humorous gumbo of literary influences from Charles Dickens to Charles Addams, from Edgar Allan Poe to Steven King, and from Lemony Snickets to Jean Shepherd, but with a comedic voice unique to Mr. Woodruff as well. This gruesomely hilarious alphabet will delight Edward Gorey fans, for sure, as well as any others who frequent the darker side of comedy. Each vignette exists in its own sarcastic twilight zone, adding up to a treat for axe murderers, pirates, ninjas, and political pundits of all ages.

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Matthew C. Woodruff has been writing his entire life. From the school paper to owning and publishing his own arts and entertainment magazine in NY, Matthew loves to write.

Matthew’s short story collections are unique in the world of writing.  Writing in the dark humor, dark fiction, lite horror and weird fiction genres, his stories are sure to please, surprise and fill you with wonder.

Matthew is now on staff at the University of Florida.