Robotic insects, a restaurant for zombies, a woman pregnant with 37 babies…welcome to the surreal, misshapen universe of Adam Marek’s first collection, where the body is fluid, the spirit mechanised and beasts often tell us more about our humanity than anything we can teach ourselves.
“Adam Marek writes tales of the fantastic, the grotesque, and the impossible – all set in familiar, even mundane worlds. The effect may be unnerving or moving or hilarious, but always there is the gripping sense of an idea gestating to a point just short of revelation. Underpinning Marek’s fantasies there is a nagging psychological realism. In this debut collection, the English short story receives an injection of something new and compelling and spooky.”
Alex Linklater, founder of the National Short Story Prize
“Marek’s fabulously meaty, funny writing makes the short story look really exciting again, pulling you, frame by frame, into a bright, strange future.”
“There’s a transgressive thrill to Adam Marek’s debut collection of short stories that’s not simply a result of the potency of the subject matter… tales as playful and emotionally resonant as they are disturbing… delightful.”
“Genuine, unsettling talent”
“Marek is terrific at setting an off-kilter mood”
The National Post