Posts tagged ‘short stories’

The Rental Heart and Other Fairytales

Review by Max Scratchmann

The Rental Heart, by Kirsty Logan, is more than just a short story collection. It is a Pandora’s box, a literary confection, a doorway to a place of magical enchantment.

These stories are flights of pure fantasy, sometimes Magical Realism, sometimes Steampunk, sometimes Fairy Tales. Most defy categorisation (more…)

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January 8, 2015 at 10:59 am Leave a comment

When the Magic is Real…

Much as I’d like to say that it was Aimee Bender‘s fantastic literary reputation that led me to her work, I have to come clean and declare that it was the fantastic cover art on The Girl in the Flammable Skirt that first caught my eye.

However, having been thus ensnared, I have to confess that I have been glued to the above collection and her other anthology, Willful Creatures, over the last week-and-a-half (more…)

April 29, 2014 at 3:09 pm Leave a comment

Shena Mackay: Searching for the Perfect Short Story

Review by Max Scratchmann

Okay, so call it a thirst for perfection or just sheer goddamned cussedness on my part, but is the short story not the most neglected and abused literary form in the English language?

On the one hand there is the genre story, plodding stolidly away within its set parameters and casting desperately about itself for a twist ending or clever one-liner to close; while on the other there’s the pretentious literary piece that rambles on forever, usually dripping in exotic metaphors and erudite turns of phrase, though often devoid of characters or plot. Honestly, it’s enough to make this Blogger yearn for that brief window in history when, in the immediate postwar publishing boom, magazines on both sides of the Atlantic commissioned intelligent short fiction in the mould of Scott Fitzgerald to grace their pages, and forgotten masters of this concise art entertained and enthralled a hungry readership for a brief decade.

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February 14, 2013 at 3:56 pm Leave a comment


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