SCARS OF THE NEW ORDER STORIES BY SCOTT NEUFFER
BOLD. BRUTAL. BEAUTIFUL.
From casual sex to obesity, from extreme sports to high school shootings, nothing is off limits in Scott Neuffer’s debut story collection. Divided into three parts, Scars of the New Order provides the continuity of a novel through recurring characters and themes. Linked together, the stories reveal a startling picture of humanity in the new millennium.
"Scott Neuffer’s finely crafted stories explore all things taboo like the dark allure of a bad accident. With their impossible juxtaposition and haunting realism, these are the kinds of stories that make you want to fall in love (again) with the underappreciated, humble short story. They speak about our responsibility to a lost generation, our collective 'voluptuous stink' that shows itself in many varied scars on many varied characters, and each story highlights the marked difference between what we want to be and what we are. The author has said that he promises his next book will be happier, yet a dark part of me hopes he changes his mind." --Elizabeth Leiknes, author of The Sinful Life of Lucy Burns
"Neuffer deftly plunges us again and again into darkness--a blizzard-bound snow shelter, a Peruvian slum, a senseless act of American violence--but provides us with just enough light to see by, to hold out for." --Ben Rogers, author of The Flamer
"Freelance writer and former reporter Scott Neuffer’s new short story collection, Scars of the New Order, reads like a modern version of Dante’s Inferno: each character abandons hope, some sooner than others. In the book’s final story and the collection’s namesake, an old man confesses: 'I don’t have any forgiveness left ... But God must be merciful. How else could he stand the sight of his own creation?'
Neuffer explores this question as he captures defining events in the lives of ordinary people living in a new century already characterized by what the old man calls 'wickedness,' both private and public. Darkly lyrical in the early stories, Neuffer’s language and imagery forces us to move slowly through nightmarish episodes, such as the decline and death of a morbidly obese twenty-eight-year-old man who cannot be saved, even by love, in 'Death of a Fat Man.' Though we may want to turn away from the grotesque, Neuffer’s unsparing, precisely observed and recorded intimacies snare us; we pity the characters, yet fear we may be like them."
--Marilee Swirczek, professor emeritus and project coordinator of Always Lost: A Meditation on War, a nationally touring collaborative creative writing and art project.
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"The characters of Scott Neuffer's Scars of the New Order disguise themselves with the usual means--makeup, affluence, gluttony, indulgence--but they cannot hide from the plots he imposes on them. In the intentionally dark worlds he creates, what is eating them is from the inside, that which will destroy them, hurt them, or at the very least, change them in ways they cannot control." --The Nevada Review
SCOTT NEUFFER'S BIO
Scott Neuffer is a journalist, writer, and poet who lives in Nevada with his family. His work has appeared, or is forthcoming, in Carson Valley Times, Nevada Magazine, The Nevada Review, Fiction Fix, Underground Voices, Foreword Reviews, Praxis Magazine, Construction Literary Magazine, and other fine publications. In his spare time, he explores mountains with his family and makes music for his SoundCloud and YouTube channels. Follow him on Twitter or read his Goodreads blog.