I use collections pretty much as a shopping list. And there is nothing I love more than the feeling of discovering what a new author (to me anyway) has to offer, and I find that through these collections I’ve found a great many writers that have now become a staples of my reading and bookshelves.
Tag: short fiction
Night falls heavy behind drawn yellow curtains, as the silent face watches me grieve. My father used to keep a small transistor radio in the kitchen, a Zenith from sometime in the 1960’s with brushed silver dials and buttons. As a child it was already an antique, the sound it created hollow and tinny, like
Little Paranoias is a short story collection form horror author Sonora Taylor, a collection that is gripping, original and bang on the money for those that prefer the dark slice of horror. What I loved about the collection is that it is a mixture of short stories and flash fiction and this device that is
Me and Shady Granger playing grownup. Me and he. Just past 12 years old. Me chugging an empty whiskey bottle and him fake-smoking a cigarette. Pretending we are like our own parents. His family came from over there. Forbidden part of town. Part of town where the poor folks live, my daddy always said, and
After departing in a blaze of mediocrity, Graham Vasey returned to St. Joseph’s Junior School only twice in his life. The first time, it was being renamed the Graham Vasey Junior School, in dedication to his Booker Prize-winning success. He had sprung from such humble origins; he thanked his schooldays, in several interviews, as a
You’ve just walked in the door, stripped off your Lycra and turned on the shower when you see it: the toe. Not an ordinary toe; not a toe attached to a foot attached to a leg attached to a body. No. This is a severed toe. Freshly severed. It’s upright and propped against the wall.
The Storm is a debut short story collection from Akeem Balogun, a collection with interlinked characters and sprawling narrative that takes place during a cataclysmic storm, a storm that the world has never seen before and a storm that seems to have no end. So sit back and enjoy this almost apocalyptic nightmare told via
The first time I read Burnt Tongues was back in April 2014 – at the time I had only really started dipping my feet into the world of transgressive fiction and I have to admit that I came away from that encounter a little scarred and a little let down, I found the stories shocking
A writer who has shaped (and is unarguably still shaping) the face of modern American literature, Richard Ford’s latest collection of short stories is another triumph, showcasing his recognisable wit and affinity for analysing the average American, with clever, subtle humour. As is the case with Ford’s writing, there’s lots to unpack in these short
The Respondent routinely makes lewd remarks about the physical attributes of other women, which makes the Petitioner feel disrespected and unattractive. “I heard him on the phone to his brother the other day talking about our 16-year-old dogwalker. He said: ‘it should be illegal for her to saunter into my house with such a perfect