by Anna MacDonald Samanta Schweblin,Mouthful of Birds.Translated by Megan McDowell.Oneworld Books. £12.99.Buy direct from the publisher. In the title story of Samanta Schweblin’s ferociously good collection, Mouthful of Birds (trans. Megan McDowell), a man buys a small bird for his daughter, Sara, who at the age of thirteen has begun to…
Although David Hayden’s Darker With the Lights On includes twenty stories, featuring a variety of character types and settings (albeit certainly associatively linked through recurring images, motifs, and tone), the book’s title seems especially well-chosen in suggesting to the reader that this trope might work to integrate a collection of stories that otherwise almost defies thematic coherence and formal stability.
Adam Scovell is a writer and filmmaker from The Wirral. To date, he is the author of two books: the monograph Folk Horror: Hours Dreadful and Things Strange (2017) and, most recently, Mothlight, his début novel, published by Influx Press.
It has been said that moths are drawn to burning candles because they confuse flames with the light of the moon. Moths, after all, use moonlight to navigate a path through darkness, but light from elsewhere reliably drags them off-course. The result is a split in perceptions.
One of the main characters in Alan Trotter’s Muscle is called ______. Quirky? Cute? Clever — or too clever by half? Your knee-jerk response to that name will tell you a lot about whether or not you’re ready for Muscle.
On January 17, 2019, the novelist Sam Savage passed away after a long battle with a respiratory illness. He was seventy-eight years old.
If you’re an artist aiming for nothing less than capturing the zeitgeist, you’d do best not to try writing a novel. When it comes to putting your finger on the pulse of our times and creating something that encapsulates the present, the novel is an anachronistic artform.