The Armageddon Two-Step

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Redbat Books
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6.0 X 9.0 X 0.75 inches | 1.21 pounds
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About the Author
Michael Loyd Gray's stories have appeared in numerous literary journals, including Alligator Juniper, The Fiction Week Literary Review, Bone Parade, I-70 Review, Westchester Review, and Literary Heist. He is also the author of six novels. Well Deserved won the Sol Books Prose Series Prize (2008) and King Biscuit, his first YA novel, was released in 2012. Both are set in Gray's fictional small town of Argus, Illinois, which is also the setting for The Last Stop. His novel The Armageddon Two-Step (2019), won a Book Excellence Award.Gray earned a MFA in English from Western Michigan University, where he was a Phi Kappa Phi National Honor Society scholar and a fiction editor for Third Coast. He served as a staff writer for newspapers in Arizona and Illinois, and currently lives in Kalamazoo, Michigan, where he collects electric guitars (up to a dozen now) and listens intently to blues and vintage rock. Gray teaches creative writing and literature for several colleges when not grappling with a new guitar lick. He has two lazy cats, Suzie Lucifer and Yoda Lucifer.

"The Armageddon Two-Step is a clever, witty, and frequently biting tale of unlikely fame, carved out by a genuine storyteller."

--Anthony Squiers, author of Madness & Insanity; Co-editor of Philosophizing Brecht: Critical Readings on Art, Consciousness, Social Theory and Performance

"A small confession. I've been reading Michael Loyd Gray's prose for more than 30 years -- since he was a reporter on a business newspaper in Arizona as I was his managing editor. Over this long period of time, Michael's writing has only gotten better. There's a pleasant rhythm to his sentence construction that eases you into his stories like finding relaxation in your favorite comfy chair."

--Steve Bergsman, author of a dozen books; his next book is I Put a Spell on You: The Bizarre Life of Screamin' Jay Hawkins

"Gray is at the top of his game in The Armageddon Two-Step. He leads the reader on a taco-fueled, rollicking good time along with his colorful cast of characters, including the unlikely hero, Shelby Albert Goddard, who saved the entire world from destruction with only thingamajigs, thingamabobs, and doohickeys. Saving the world earns Shelby grateful thanks, lots of money and a government handler who is charged with keeping him anonymous. It also earns nightmares and close encounters with people not of the world he saved. As he moves through his post-armageddon life, Shelby must learn to deal with being a hero, exploiting his heroism, which brings into question the motive for, and price of, heroism."

--Ned Randle, author of Baxter's Friends, Running at Night, and St. Michael Poker & Drinking Club

"Michael Loyd Gray's The Armageddon Two-Step is a satirical novel about celebrity culture, corporate sponsorship, a secret government agency, and the general public's inability to look beyond the hyperbolic spectacles produced by corporate America and government institutions... The Armageddon Two-Step's humor shows the American Dream as the American-Fallacy, through Shelby's melancholic rise to fame."

--Sean Karns, author of Jar of Pennies