He seamlessly weaves a crazy-quilt of characters who – despite being a little lost and befuddled by the world – have moments of chandelier insight into their own human hearts. Reminiscent of Raymond Carver’s Little Things and Kim Chinquee’s Oh Baby, Glass Animals is a work of sparkling vision and compressed and surprising language – all put to work to reveal a world where everything’s at stake.
Lori Jakiela, author of ‘Miss New York Has Everything’
Ramey takes on the richness of his characters’ emotional and physical torment and delivers something morbidly fascinating and keen.
Kristine Ong Muslim, author of ‘We Bury the Landscape’
Stephen V. Ramey captivates and mesmerizes his readers, taking us by the hand into the hidden worlds of people not unknown to us. His instincts are visceral, perceived, radiating a power and compassion that guides us inside each of his characters. Ramey’s collection explores the human condition. Ramey is the real thing.
Meg Tuite, author of 'Domestic Apparition'