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“A debut full of heart and energy, by an intense, fervent writer whose dedication shows in every line.” —George Saunders, author of Tenth of December
“This is a collection full of lingering stories and lovely lines, and it introduces Vickers as a vital new writer. His stories occupy a unique middle zone between the memorably bizarre and the movingly sweet-hearted, the deeply felt and the dementedly funny. He's also a tireless stylist, capturing his characters’ sad-sack vernacular and tweaking every sentence until it yields some tongue-twisting lyricism.” —Bennett Sims, author of A Questionable Shape

“These playfully-irreverent stories are populated by optimistic underdogs—working stiffs, grievers, the lovelorn—earnestly struggling to keep their heads above water. Vickers, with kindness, humility, and precision of voice, extends a lifeline to these beautiful weirdos and, with a gentle tug, sends us skyward to soar above this busy, busy, busy modern world.”
—Jason Ockert, author of Wasp Box
Congratulations on Your Martyrdom! is full of inventive mischief, strange new worlds, and good old
human longing. human longing. Zachary Tyler Vickers 
 is a true original, with a wild and rambunctious 
imagination, and deadeye for the funnybone.”
—Michelle Huneven, author of Off Course 


Congratulations on Your Martyrdom! is one of the most addictive collections of short fiction I've read in years. Whimsical, wild, and gleefully absurd to the point of wickedness, Vickers' stories revel in the collapse of American culture. Once these stories grab, they do not let go.” — Jessica Anthony,
author of The Convalesecent


“The stories are linked, by place, by time, by characters, by small events and large tragedies that pop up in brief mentions in one story and then disappear for several pieces, only to reappear and be examined from different perspectives more fully. The end effect is a set of connected stories that has the power of a novel and a magnetic, almost hypnotic pull on the reader.”
—Paul Griner, author of Hurry Please I Want To Know
Congratulations on Your Martyrdom! is delightfully metafictive, admirably invested in social critique, and wisely aware of both the benefits and pitfalls of domestic verisimilitude. The interconnected nature of the stories allows Vickers to manage complex and complete world-building. An interesting and original addition to the canon of gonzo fiction!” —Josh Russell,
author of Yellow Jack
Selected for the ABA Winter Institute 2016
“Vickers’ characters, like [George] Saunders’ and [David Foster] Wallace’s, are — despite high concept moments, despite the humor inserted into their lives, despite the clever language their writer encases them in — deeply human, humane, yearning for love or satisfaction or recognition. They want to be seen. There’s a part of me that wants to reach into the pages of each story and stroke their faces while they sleep and tell them: you are seen. You are heard. But they live their lives unaware, which makes them so uniquely tragic.” —Ilana Masad, Electric Literature
“For all their gonzo inventiveness, these stories are character-driven meditations on loss.” —David Busis, Ploughshares Blog 
“And in addition to dazzling stories, Vickers also crafts these gorgeous, stop-your-heart-on-a-dime sentences. I mean, if you have a copy already, just shut your eyes. Crack it open to a random page, place your finger anywhere, and open. Wherever your finger lies, underneath is a sentence armed and capable of lashing your heartstrings into overtime.” —Pat Siebel, Hobart
“In Congratulations on Your Martyrdom!, Zachary Tyler Vickers establishes his premises with confidence and, to use an old-fashioned sounding term, heart. This collection deserves to be read widely.” —Jeff Bursey,
The Literary Review