Thank You For Your Sperm" (MadHat Press, 2013) is Marcus Speh's debut collection of short fiction with 80 stories and an interview with the author. — Order the book now via Amazon.com.

The photo shows a copy of “THANK YOU FOR YOUR SPERM" among work materials of the cover artist. The cover by my wife Carlye Birkenkrahe is, for me, an eyestopper. It would be easy to pick out this book because of it even if it didn’t have this confusing title. Yesterday in class I showed the cover to some students (not suggesting they should buy it which wouldn’t have been fair), but proud enough to mention it and one student (from the Philippines) after exclaiming “Sperm!” a number of times, clearly shocked to the core of his existence (did I go too far? It was an advanced MBA class on problem solving techniques, surely they could handle it?) asked what the cover image “meant”. I didn’t have an easy answer for him except that there are parallels between the imagery (mythology, angels, strong colors) and the content which I feel close to, the realm where I feel at home, where all manner of creatures, including men with wings, dwell, where dirty dogs dance, where characters dally and lose story ends dangle. Whatever the meaning, I love this cover. I hope we’ll collaborate on other books in the future. Here’s an article I wrote about her 2012-2013 exhibition in Berlin for Glow Magazine.

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The photo shows a copy of “THANK YOU FOR YOUR SPERM" among work materials of the cover artist. The cover by my wife Carlye Birkenkrahe is, for me, an eyestopper. It would be easy to pick out this book because of it even if it didn’t have this confusing title. Yesterday in class I showed the cover to some students (not suggesting they should buy it which wouldn’t have been fair), but proud enough to mention it and one student (from the Philippines) after exclaiming “Sperm!” a number of times, clearly shocked to the core of his existence (did I go too far? It was an advanced MBA class on problem solving techniques, surely they could handle it?) asked what the cover image “meant”. I didn’t have an easy answer for him except that there are parallels between the imagery (mythology, angels, strong colors) and the content which I feel close to, the realm where I feel at home, where all manner of creatures, including men with wings, dwell, where dirty dogs dance, where characters dally and lose story ends dangle. Whatever the meaning, I love this cover. I hope we’ll collaborate on other books in the future. Here’s an article I wrote about her 2012-2013 exhibition in Berlin for Glow Magazine.
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