The Terrifying Realm of the Possible: Nearly True Stories (Hardcover)

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The Terrifying Realm of the Possible: Nearly True Stories (Hardcover)


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A daring, hilariously neurotic literary debut from the acclaimed actor and comedian Brett Gelman (Stranger Things, Fleabag).

Enter the wonderfully weird, always uncomfortable, side-splittingly funny world of The Terrifying Realm of the Possible, where your worst fears of who you are or might become are always just around the corner. In these masterful short stories from the singular mind of the actor and comedian Brett Gelman, you’ll meet five individuals, each navigating a uniquely strange stage of life: 



- JACKIE COHEN (the adult)

- IRIS BELOW (the senior)

- Z (the dead)

Our characters face the big issues; the ones we all face. As they traverse the prickly terrain of morality, family, sex, fame, religion, and death they search for answers to life's unanswerable questions. In the futility of that search comes the absurdity, along with the comedy. The composite portrait is an existential (mis)adventure of Rothian proportions. Gelman's remarkable first book is a bold, unforgettable debut that challenges our assumptions about what it means to be human.

Brett Gelman is an acclaimed actor, writer, and comedian whose signature intensity and fearlessness enable him to navigate both comedy and drama. Brett’s work can be seen on television in Stranger Things, Fleabag, LOVE, Lady in the Lake, Curb Your Enthusiasm, Twin Peaks: The Return, and the Adult Swim special trilogy Dinner with Friends with Brett Gelman, which he co-wrote, and in films including Lemon, The Other Guys, Drib, Without Remorse, and Lyle, Lyle, Crocodile. The Terrifying Realm of the Possible is his first book.

Product Details ISBN: 9780063315976
ISBN-10: 0063315971
Publisher: Dey Street Books
Publication Date: March 19th, 2024
Pages: 272
Language: English

A dazzling collection with easily digestible characters and laugh-out-loud storytelling...hysterical...a zany and entertaining work — Pittsburg Post-Gazette

“A wild, hilarious journey into the mind and neurosis of every creative person who has ever dared to tell their parents they’re probably not going to be a doctor. Brett’s Terrifying Realm is so accurate that at times I swore I was reading my own autobiography. My past, present, and future all in the various characterseach section alternately made me laugh and gave me terrifying chills that this is what my future could be. A must-read for anyone creative. I loved it.” — Eli Roth, director, actor, writer, producer