Debut collection of short stories by indie Australian author Morgan Bell. A cross-section between dreams and reality. An examination of the horrors of life, with plenty of peering, in the form of vignettes, micro fiction, flash fiction, and short stories.
Themes include fear, time, aging, anxiety, and jealousy.
This collection of fifteen stories contains bizarre medical conditions, industrious creatures, conniving cops, killers, dead bodies, a rescue mission, homoeroticism, nonchalant students, a secret garden, and the road to hell.
" ... there is the authorial refusal to gratify the reader's expectations, a constant urge to transcend banality at the same time as studying it and the pathos of comedy and poignancy finding expression in identical and excruciating moments. Unaffected, without warning, Bell's narratives produce a discomforting aesthetic, taking hold of the awkward and suspending that tender unease for as long as the prose can cope ... "
(R. B. Fortune-Wood)
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For Fans Of
- Haruki Murakami
- Raymond Carver
- Margo Lanagan
About the Author
Bell lives in Sydney Australia. Her short story “It Had To Be Done” was first published in the Newcastle Writers Anthology 2012. “Midnight Daisy” was published by YWCA Newcastle as part of the She: True Stories project, with live readings on ABC 1233 and Newcastle Writers Festival in 2014. “Don’t Pay The Ferryman” was shortlisted for the Hunter Writer’s Centre Travel Writing Prize 2014. Bell’s short story “The Switch”, is featured in Novascapes, the 2014 Hunter Speculative Fiction Anthology.