Unthology 4

There’s a new review of Unthology 4 by Elaine Chiew in the Short Review.

 

Unthology 4

Unthology 4

 

“Many of the protagonists in these stories are jagged, ill-fitting in the roles or self-projections they believe they’ve been cast in, most viscerally encapsulated in Rowena MacDonald’s Burning Man — a soldier deformed from a stint of duty out in Iraq, but secretly a Buddhist and eats vegetarian and practices meditation and ends up richer in spirit than a rich boy with a penthouse. And what about Simon, in Aiden O’Reilly’s The Laundry Key Complex — no definition really fits him, this global itinerant multi-lingual self-righteous know-it-all, other than ‘loser’ with a capital L, and even that is just a facade — a judgement imposed by others? “

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Unthology 5 Arrives!

Here’s your first sighting of, which has come in cute as a daisy from the printers today.

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UNTHANK BOOKS 

PRESS RELEASE 

UNTHOLOGY 5

UNTHANK BOOKS are very proud to announce the publication of UNTHOLOGY 5, the latest in our series showcasing the finest short fiction from new and established writers.

In the latest of our celebrated series, you find yourself surfacing, dazed in the waiting room. You read snatches of lines over the shoulders of raincoats. In the carriage you have glimpses and visions. At your destination you can hear space, see thunder, taste realization. You are running towards something, someone in the trees who holds out to you an understanding hand. Welcome to the wonderful and sometimes frightening world of UNTHOLOGY 5.

‘A short story is like a kiss in the dark from a stranger’. Stephen King

 

Contributors

Elizabeth Baines Roelof Bakker Sarah Bower Garrie Fletcher Victoria Heath Maggie Ling Mark Mayes CS Mee Andrew Oldham Angela Readman John D Rutter   KS Silkwood Jose Varghese Charles Wilkinson

Edited by Ashley Stokes and Robin Jones.

 

PRAISE FOR UNTHOLOGY 4:

“The news is that short stories are enjoying a resurgence, and Unthology 4 backs this up. If you’re a fan of the form, or you’re starting to get interested, I’d recommend it.”

(THE WORKSHY FOP)

“Each story is a change – a change of voice, a change of mood, a change of topic and completely different rules – and this makes this kind of anthology a real treat, but the real credit has to go to the editors for trawling through so many submissions to find such a fabulous collection!” (OUR BOOK REVIEWS)

“Unthology 4 is a wonderful collection, packed with distinct author voices and well considered, skillfully composed prose. Hugely entertaining, never dull and always intriguing, Unthology 4 makes for a stunningly original read.” (THE SIREN)

“A very strong anthology with an enormous variety of top name authors and newcomers alike. These Unthologies are beginning to creep up my list of most anticipating releases of the year. Highly recommended. “ (CADAVERINE)

“These guys know their s**t.” (ROB AROUND BOOKS)

 

UNTHOLOGY 5

Edited by Ashley Stokes & Robin Jones

ISBN 978-1-910061-00-8

Publication Date: 27th June 2014

Price: £9.99

Available from all good bookshops, Apple iTunes and http://www.unthankbooks.com

For further information about this title or to discuss readings and promotional opportunities please contact the editor, Ashley Stokes: ashley.stokes@unthankbooks.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

Unthology 4

There’s a new review of UNTHOLOGY 4 from Workshy Fop.

Unthology 4

Unthology 4

“Overall, Unthology 4 is a good read. Its varied focus makes it hard to draw conclusions, although in terms of the modern short story, there are some common threads. The contributions are largely third person narratives, and generally eschew verbal pyrotechnics or unusual occurrences in favour of understatement and the slow reveal. However, there’s enough diversity in terms of theme and style to keep the reader interested – my own preference would be for more stories along the lines of The Laundry Key Complex, but I enjoyed sampling stories like The Angel too. The authors themselves are a mixture of the established professional, the up-and-coming, and the hobbyist, but the editors maintain a good standard of writing throughout; some stories interested me more than others, but there were none I would call badly written. The news is thatshort stories are enjoying a resurgence, and Unthology 4 backs this up – there are clearly lots of good ones being written. If you’re a fan of the form, or you’re starting to get interested, I’d recommend it. “

UNTHOLOGY 4

There’s a new review of UNTHOLOGY 4 by Andre van Loon in LITRO magazine.

“All the world loves a lover. Untroubled responses to the world, born aloft by the knowledge the significant other will understand and encourage; well yes, what’s not to like? This, however, is not what you’ll find in Unthology 4. Unthank Books’ new short story collection, edited by Ashley Stokes and Robin Jones, is bereft of successful lovers. Instead we get a couple who can’t stand each other, even on holiday; a young thief who tries but fails to keep his better romantic self in check; a middle class woman whose biggest adventure starts when her marriage ends and other young-ish people like them. With a few notable exceptions, Unthology 4 mainly focuses on what it means to lose the other.”

Unthology 4 is also available for Kindle.

Unthology 4

Unthology 4

There’s a second very affirmative review of UNTHOLOGY 4 on the Petals and Pages blog.

“This collection feels incredibly relevant to the contemporary: our experience of the world, emotional and physical, is being fractured, remoulded, restructured through almost every medium and as such our understanding of ourselves and how we connect to the world is becoming increasing unstable.”

Unthology 4

Unthology 4

 

 

Unthology 4

The first review of Unthology 4 is out from Our Book Reviews  and it’s a good one.

“Each story is a change – a change of voice, a change of mood, a change of topic and completely different rules – and this makes this kind of anthology a real treat, but the real credit has to go to the editors for trawling through so many submissions to find such a fabulous collection!”

Unthology 4

Unthology 4