False Starts Collected!

False Starts is devoted to sharing never before seen introductions to books that may or may not have existed. Have you ever wondered what it would be like to have Richard Simmons introduce Cormac McCarthy’s The Road? Or Hunter S. Thompson introduce Dr. Atkins’ New Diet Revolution? Or a college student who just read Ayn Rand for the first time introducing Fountainhead? Hopefully we’ll be able to answer these questions and more in the coming months.

I originally designed this feature to eventually become a book, but the agents and publishers who read the proposal – though they enjoyed it – said it would never sell. Despite that, this series continues to be one of my most popular here. To make it easy for new readers, here are the first three False Starts with more to come later this year.


False Starts #1: Burt Reynolds introduces The Cannonball Run


False Starts #2: Neil Gaiman Introduces Duran Duran. (Worth mentioning: Neil Gaiman called it “hilarious.”)


False Starts #3:|Sarah Palin Introduces Shirley Jackson’s The Lottery

– FALSE STARTS was created and written by Christian A. Dumais


About Christian A. Dumais

Christian A. Dumais is an American writer, humorist and public speaker living in Wrocław, Poland. He has published fiction, journalism, and academic articles in several magazines and journals such as GUD, Shock Totem and Ha!Art. His first collection of short stories, Empty Rooms Lonely Countries, was published in 2009. He also created, edited, and contributed to Cover Stories, a euphictional anthology of 100 stories inspired by songs, which was published in 2010. His most recent book is SMASHED: The Life and Tweets of Drunk Hulk.

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