Strange Secrets by Mike Russell

Russell adds a dash of the strange to reality, creating worlds like our own that are fantastical yet plausible. This collection contains seven stories of everyday life with a weird or surreal edge. ‘The Constantly Empty Pool’ Rumours of the purest water in the world draw Mary Lou to a remote town in the United … Continue reading Strange Secrets by Mike Russell

Either Way, It’s Better Than Imaginary Enemies

This short film about growing up seen from the perspective of a girl's imaginary friend rather pleased me: https://youtu.be/n8OKxZtJX5M Not utterly sure whether abandoning the imaginary is a necessary part of adulthood - but then I suspect most authors would be silent without their imaginary companions - but the aesthetics are most apposite to my … Continue reading Either Way, It’s Better Than Imaginary Enemies

Kasper Mützenmacher’s Cursed Hat by Keith Fentonmiller

Weaving a thread of the fantastical through the very real history of prejudice in mid-twentieth century Europe and America, Fentonmiller provides a compelling insight into some of the ways facing cruelty can turn a person cruel without allowing hope to be overwhelmed by the bleakness of concentration camps and race riots. Kasper Mützenmacher owns a … Continue reading Kasper Mützenmacher’s Cursed Hat by Keith Fentonmiller

You’re in for a Ride: A Collection of Science Fiction Short Stories

Combining thought-provoking ideas and sudden reframing with pared down prose, Rossis provides a collection that is faced-paced without being shallow. As with many of Rossis’ other collections, this book contains several short stories interspersed between sections of another. ‘You're in for a Ride’: an ancient creature seeks the last few victims it needs to complete … Continue reading You’re in for a Ride: A Collection of Science Fiction Short Stories

Storm Damage by John A.A. Logan

This collection contains ten stories which span genres from psychological horror to fantasy, from thriller to mundane realism, but all are united by their strong characterisation and engaging style. Unicorn One: When Scotland sends their first rocket out to explore the Solar system, they send not a scientist or a technician but a hairdresser. Late … Continue reading Storm Damage by John A.A. Logan