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 "Theodore Carter’s ingenious reinvention of the actual theft of Edvard Munch’s The Scream is a compelling and provocative exploration of the seductive power of art, the arrogance of wealth, the danger of misplaced loyalty, and the relationships between a work of art and its audience."
- Eric Kraft, author of Reservations Recommended

"A stylish, speculative heist thriller riffing off an infamous true caper and steeped in creative craftsmanship, Stealing the Scream is the literary equivalent of a crisp, dry Martini garnished with not one but several tantalizing twists. The result is an intoxicating recipe whose standard genre ingredients—mystery, romance, history, suspense, drama, humor—are uniquely blended into a concoction that is both potent and poetic."
- Will Viharo, author of The Thrillville Pulp Fiction Collection and the Vic Valentine, Private Eye series

"It’s about talent and ambition and self-sabotage. It’s about international crime connections and capers so crazy they just might almost work. Read it yourself. I bet you a box of frozen burritos you’ll be convinced—or at least thoroughly entertained."
- Neil Ellis Orts, author of Cary and John

 "Carter is a witty, savvy writer and he keeps this tale humming right up until its brilliant denouement." 
- Corey Mesler, author Memphis Movie and Camel’s Bastard Son   

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 In 2004, masked thieves stole Edvard Munch's "The Scream" from an Oslo museum. STEALING THE SCREAM is a literary leaning, humor-laced crime novel that re-imagines the event, offering a tantalizing account of what happened through fictional characters and ending with a tense climax and a satisfying if unexpected ending to the art-world mystery.     

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Theodore Carter is the author of The Life Story of a Chilean Sea Blob and Other Matters of Importance (Queens Ferry Press, 2012), Frida Sex Dreams and Other Unnerving Disruptions, and Stealing The Scream (Run Amok Books, 2019). His fiction runs the gamut from humor, to literary fiction, to horror. He’s appeared in several magazines and anthologies including The North American Review, Pank, Necessary Fiction, A capella Zoo, The Potomac Review, and Gargoyle. His street art projects, which began as book promotion stunts, have garnered attention from several local news outlets including NBC4 Washington, Fox5 DC, and the Washington City Paper. Carter lives just outside Washington, DC in Takoma Park, MD.