chris tarry

how to carry bigfoot home

“Painfully funny stories… pitch perfect… Wonderfully conceived and delivered bits of rigorous whimsy.”
Library Journal

The stories in How To Carry Bigfoot Home, Chris Tarry’s debut collection, examine the frailty of the human experience. From an out-of-work dragon-slaying father to a family arguing aboard a rocketship that’s about to be launched into space, Tarry uses distinctive settings and his unique humor to explore universal truths.

Everyone has their own personal monsters, problems carried home and laid bare to the people we love most. There is the public self and the private heart, the way we are and the way we wish to be. How To Carry Bigfoot Home is an examination of that journey, the search to reconcile the inner with the outer. It aims to explore the cracks in our human armor, the difficult process of enacting real change in our lives, and the sometimes insurmountable forces that make who we are (and who we become) feel almost predetermined. Almost.

Chris Tarry is a Canadian writer and musician living in Brooklyn. Tarry holds an MFA in creative writing from the University of British Columbia and his story “Here Be Dragons,” was nominated for a Pushcart Prize.  His fiction has appeared or is forthcoming in The Literary Review, On Spec, The G.W. Review, PANK, Bull, and Monkeybicycle. His nonfiction has appeared in the anthology How To Expect What You’re Not Expecting and Outside In, and he was a finalist in Freefall Magazine’s 2011 annual prose and poetry competition.  Chris is also a four-time Juno Award winner (Canada's Grammy) and one of New York's most sought-after bass players.

Published by Red Hen Press in 2015.

More praise for How to Carry Bigfoot Home
“Chris Tarry’s stories come at what we might call The Problem of Men as Boys from all possible angles, from a hapless medieval stay-at-home Dad who’s running a con game out of his one-room hovel to a Bigfoot who’s a sad failure as a creative writing teacher. These stories hilariously and poignantly evoke the way, when it comes to relationships, all men are living under a leaky thatched roof with winter on the way, always believing they’re on the edge of a turnaround, even though failure keeps returning like an old friend back in town.” — Jim Shepard, Story Prize–winning author of You Think That’s Bad and Project X    

“The stories in How To Carry Bigfoot Home are fruitfully obsessed with maleness: How does one manage to be a father, a son, a brother, a husband? What are men supposed to do, and what mischief and violence might they have up their sleeves? In their gleeful linguistic play and surrealistic vibe, Tarry’s tales remind me of those of George Saunders, but he’s up to his very own wonderful thing in this vivid debut.” — Pamela Erens, author of The Virgins and The Understory  

“Chris Tarry knows from monsters, and from disasters, and from love. He’s now decided to share it all with us. I think I speak for the world when I say: not a moment too soon.” — Roy Kesey, author of Any Deadly Thing and Pacazo  

“What would happen if some mad scientist were able to fuse the otherworldly exuberance of H.P. Lovecraft with the nuanced pathos of John Cheever? The result would be a dazzling, explosive, and inexhaustible new kind of illumination: a writer named Chris Tarry.” — Stefan Merrill Block, author of The Story of Forgetting and The Storm at the Door  

“Chris Tarry’s How To Carry Bigfoot Home will immediately invoke writers like Wells Tower, with its dragons and sea monsters and titular sasquatches colliding with the domestic strife that characterizes so many of the stories. This is an excellent debut, both funny and sad, heartfelt and often surprising.”  — Matt Bell, author of In the House upon the Dirt between the Lake and the Woods
“Otherworldly tales that speak to deeper human truths.”  — Time Out New York  

“Short stories are on the rise again, they never should have been thrown to the wayside in the first place, and this collection shows us the beauty of the story, what happens when you hit the perfect note and make a whole room fall silent.”— Nick Sweeney, Atticus Review  

“Reading the thirteen stories in Chris Tarry’s meticulously absurd debut collection, you may start envisioning one of those evolution posters, featuring the progression of simians that culminates in humanity.”  — Justin Hickey, Open Letters Monthly  

“Everything you want a story to be: fun, sad, original, and inspired.” — Kim Winternheimer, Masters Review  

“Tarry’s witty first story collection portrays characters struggling with various insecurities and skewed perceptions amid the creeping shadows of their impending fates." — Leah Strauss, Booklist

Photo of Chris Tarry © Drew Wiedemann Photography