This brilliant and hilarious collection defies genre, and reminds us that imagination is the original app: ‘I mean something so funny it changes you forever, eyes widened not in cuteness but in horror. Why else would your trick have so carelessly hidden his dollhouse? ... When you leave the door open, there’s no escaping the night.’

Carol Guess, author of Darling Endangered and Doll Studies: Forensics

The Story of How All Animals Are Equal & Other Tales looks nothing like a regular book of comics. It makes no use of frames, gutters, bubbles, or even actual pictures. Deceptively designed to look like a book of short stories, Runkle’s collection is secretly comics—delightful, textured, twisted little graphic beasts unlike anything I’ve read/seen before. 

Anna Joy Springer



In the late empire the stories are better than ever, especially if Matt Runkle is the teller of the tale. Not since Richard Brautigan’s Tokyo Montana Express have I read a collection of stories as wildly unpredictable, stories that itch your ear for a long time after reading them.... The Story of How All Animals Are Equal is an instant American classic!

CAConrad, author of ECODEVIANCE


Did you ever dream of what the perfect collection of short fiction would be like? For me I have sometimes fantasized about a writer who can encompass the quotidian alterity of George Saunders, the cryptic brevity of Lydia Davis, the mythmaking magic of Percival Everett, and something of the calm, pale heartbreak of the late Mavis Gallant.... From children to pensioners, from rich to poor and back again, through the vagaries of the animal kingdom, Runkle’s stories turn on character, and they don’t stop until he’s got the right form in which to showcase an amazing talent.

Kevin Killian