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Imagine My Surprise!
(or The Keenan Harris Tapes)
Coming of age story about a reincarnated drug dealer who seeks to confront his own killers. First, he has to survive suburbia.
K.S. Haddock is the author of the Gen-X crime novel The Patricidal Bedside Companion (St. Martin’s Press, 1994). An active member of the San Francisco arts community, K.S. garnered three Best of the San Francisco Fringe Festival Awards for Thanatics, A Rock Opera (2006), Hell, The Musical (2009), and his alternate-universe musical, Hitler in the Green Room (2017). K.S. is married with children near the beach in San Francisco.
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A few years from now, a small digital recorder is found in the back of an attic in a house in Los Gatos, California. On it is a curious story recorded by a seven-year-old boy named Keenan Harris. He narrates a wild tale about his previous life as a drug dealer, and how he was reincarnated fully conscious into the newborn infant of a dysfunctional millennial couple. About how, at age five, he recruited a homeless man to help bring his killers to justice. Imagine My Surprise! (or The Keenan Harris Tapes) is the edited transcription of this electrifying story.
Imagine My Surprise! is a surreal confessional by this kid, Keenan, the reincarnation of a drug dealer from San Francisco. Murdered by his henchmen, he is reborn fully conscious as a little boy in suburbia. Keenan recounts not only the lurid exploits of his former life, but also his journey from birth to age seven, as he plots the eventual confrontation with his killers. Along the way, he learns more about himself than he ever knew in his past life.
Part coming-of-age memoir, part crime novel, Imagine My Surprise! is a darkly comic meditation on childhood in the 21st century and the banal destruction of substance abuse.
Chapter Samples - PDF samples
Don't have time to read? Listen to the first 100 pages! Actor Chris Zegri is excellent as 7-year-old Keenan Harris in this darkly humorous, compelling portrayal.
Previous work: more about The Patricidal Bedside Companion
In 1994, St. Martin's Press published my novel, The Patricidal Bedside Companion, on the wave of Gen-X Literature that was sweeping the nation. It was a fun 15 minutes.