I made a book list for Shepherd of genre-bending books that inspired me & are similar to my short story collection, ‘Mammals, I Think We Are Called’, published by Salt Publishing.
It’s a fantastic up-and-coming site where authors create a ‘Best of’ booklist featuring their book and five related books.
My list is called: The best genre-bending, literary short stories to fire your imagination
Read the List on Shepherd
Here’s a teaser:
Who am I?
I had no expectations about what the first short stories I wrote would end up being like. Although I’d read mostly realistic literary fiction before starting to write, most of my stories included fantastical elements. This set me off reading and writing stories categorised as weird, cross-genre, slipstream, magical realist, fantastic, fabulist, horror, soft sci-fi, and surreal. The thing that struck me was how slippery these categories are. But what unites them is their openness to unbounded imagination. Like a lens concentrating a fire, their strange and fantastical techniques amplify feelings and reality in unique ways, while always paying attention to language. It’s been a thrilling, exciting ride!