“I love the ‘shot of vodka’ effect (Chekhov’s phrase) when you read a short story, that after-burn that you feel in the back of your throat long after you’ve swallowed. I often think of short stories as checkpoints – an obstacle reached after a long journey – or flashpoints: something long-smouldering is going to explode. It’s an infinitely variable form, really, and you can achieve things with short fiction that few other art forms can achieve.”
You can read the whole interview on the Negative Press blog.
Reolof Bakker’s short story Red appears in Unthology 5 and two subsequent ‘colour’ stories will appear in Unthology 6 and Unthology 7. Here’s Roelof with his copy of Unthology 5.