Formaldehyde is a collection of five short stories written by Paul Fredrickson. Each piece represents the nausea of grief or insecurity, the isolating emotions that evolve from life’s turning points. Blending surrealism with the real, the extraordinary with the ordinary, these stories show how alienation can make someone feel dead in life. But they highlight the importance of preservation, that beauty sprouts from the broken things. All five stories portray the significance of life in the face of death.

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​Original cover art and interior illustrations by Faith Maddox.


Paul Fredrickson is a carp in the catfish pond. He will attend Lewis and Clark College, Portland, Oregon in the fall of 2018 as an English major. Paul writes about the malaise of our world, one-eyed humans, and the cyclical hope that can cure the disease. His rock band, Left Without Eve, plays original music in many local venues, ranging from bars to benefit shows that support mental illness awareness.