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The Blue Suitcase #1: Deconstructing the Writing of an Angry Hermit

by Joe Carlough Author

Have you ever stumbled upon something so angry, offensive, and curious that you became a bit obsessed with it? Joseph Carlough has. And one drunken evening, while helping a friend clean out the apartment of a deceased man, he discovered a suitcase full of newspaper clippings and writings. It's an understandable fascination that Carlough descends into, dissecting the writing and obsessions of a Mr. Antonio Carbayo. There is extended lamenting about how our anti-hero/antagonist does not want to be divorced. There are complex theories of how the illuminati and women conspire to dominate men. There is a clear obsession with secret societies, the U.S. government, and that's before we even get into the perversion of Mr. Carbayo's book collection (spoiler alert: female hypnotism)! Carlough turns to Google for answers but is only rewarded with closed doors. Apparently Carbayo has no next of kin, no loved ones left, and no Google presence. This series will have to suffice as his living legacy, deserved or not.

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In a bygone era, there was no Facebook, no Google, no internet search engines. People’s lives were chronicled in vanishing footsteps and private moments – scrawls left on scraps of paper, battered notebooks, postcards, notations penciled in the margins of books. The life and thoughts of Antonio San Martino Carbayo are a mystery with only a few dusty fragments to sift through for clues. Mr. Carlough has preserved these fragments gleaned from the deceased Mr. Carbayo’s apartment within a blue suitcase which has sat like a beckoning, deranged intruder in his apartment for several years. The Blue Suitcase is a title worthy of an Edward Gorey anomaly, and indeed there are dark meanderings of the mind contained within...fascinating