No Call Too Small

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By the end of the day, a cop must choose between ethics and social death. A camp counsellor, stuck deep in the woods with a small group of boys, only has a few hours before the DTs kick in. Adult children scramble to get the best of what remains of their mother’s estate, but funeral plans may be premature. Sandwiched between a depressed mother and a careless father, a young girl must help attract customers to the family business, no matter the cost. On this dark, winding road of stories, there’s little choice but to hang on and meet whatever’s over the rise head on.


Oscar Martens has been publishing stories and poems since George Michael carelessly whispered, and believes an entire world can fit inside a fifteen minute story. Many of them have been nominated for notable awards and published in journals such as The Journey Prize Stories, Prairie Fire, Queen’s Quarterly, Quarry, The Malahat Review, Event, and Grain.

Oscar lives with his wife in Burnaby, BC, Canada.

“Martens’s striking, perceptive collection illuminates a range of Canadians in moments of bad luck and dissatisfaction. His haunting, darkly funny situations, captured in crisp, spare prose, will appeal to fans of George Saunders.”—Publishers Weekly

“Oscar Martens’s characters hurtle their way toward potential disaster or redemption in these vivid stories of lives burdened by misunderstandings and disappointment, usually self-inflicted. Martens’s strong prose is a pleasure to read, with dark humour and lively storytelling that brings a quirky humanity to his characters.”—Janie Chang, Globe and Mail bestselling author of Dragon Springs Road

“Oscar Martens is the twitchy love child of Tom Waits, Charles Bukowski and Ricky Gervais. These stories are lean, and loaded, and devastatingly true. In just a few pages, Martens throws his readers into the deep end of a swimming pool swarming with sharks, or piranhas, or hungry polar bears – and you, dear reader, have a flesh wound. These short stories read like brilliant, poignant novels. Highly recommended.”—Thomas Trofimuk, author of Waiting for Columbus