Here’s a little advanced glimpse of the jacket of UNTHOLOGY 4, edited by Robin Jones and myself. UNTHOLOGY 4 continues Unthank Books’ celebrated series, drawing its energy from the wanderlust and shape-shifting tendencies of the contemporary short story. Its thirteen stories involve cats, crows and angels; moments of realization and moments of doubt; bad moves, wrong turns and trips across the border. A fire-scarred war veteran enters the domain of a coked-up yuppie. A blind girl wakes up to find that the birdsong has ended. A lad on the slide dates a cosseted schoolgirl and ends up teetering on a church roof. Safe-cracking stories by bold and stealthy writers.
Joshua Allen Sarah Bower Carys Bray Ruby Cowling Michael Crossan Sarah Evans Rodge Glass Marc Owen Jones Rowena Macdonald Aiden O’Reilly Adrian Slatcher Barnaby Walsh Melanie Whipman
This year’s compendium of all that’s great about contemporary British short story writing will appear on the first of November.