Michael Wellman brings his distinctive literary voice to fiction for the first time in his novel Versus the Demons. This is the story of Shorty Irslund, a guy who loved playing baseball so much that he sacrificed a good part of his life toiling away in the minor leagues.
This is much more than a baseball story. Shorty is playing a kid's game and avoiding many responsibilities. He is having a hard time growing up. Wellman delivers a riveting tale and tosses readers a few curveballs along the way. In so doing he knocks this story clear outta the old ballpark. Versus the Demons is a ripping good read. In this interview I also had the opportunity to talk to Wellman about our shared memories of growing up in Des Moines, Iowa.