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Parables, Fables, Nightmares…The Emma Press Signs Malachi McIntosh’s debut short story collection

The Emma Press has signed fiction writer and academic Malachi McIntosh’s first short story collection.

Emma Dai’an Wright, founding editor of The Emma Press, acquired world rights in the English language to Parables, Fables, Nightmares. It is set to be published in November 2023.

McIntosh has been published in Under the Radar, The Caribbean Review of Books, The Guardian, The Independent, and Comma Press’ Book of Birmingham. His stories have been shortlisted for a number of prizes including the Book Edit Writer’s Prize in 2021 and Penguin Books’ WriteNow in 2020. Parables, Fables, Nightmares will be his debut collection.

Filled with tales of tragedy, love, hope, and frustration, McIntosh’s collection does exactly what it says on the tin, weaving together allegories, parables, fables, and nightmares.

Unfiltered, surreal and satirical, stories such as ‘White Wedding’, ‘Mirrors’, and ‘Drones’ depict unexpected encounters in which McIntosh untangles complicated mother-father-son-wife-friend-sibling relationships in a dark, comedic and candid collection that explores and exposes the realities of love, family, community – and the many perils of contemporary life.

Wright said: ‘I am so pleased to be publishing Malachi’s collection. His writing is so crisp and his stories and characters full of unexpected details and gut-punches. This is a fabulous showcase of short-form fiction and I’m very proud that it’s joining our small but growing list of prose.’

McIntosh added: ‘I’m a long-time admirer of the Emma Press, and I knew as soon as this book came together that they’d be the perfect publishers for it. I can’t wait to get the collection out into the world.’


About Malachi McIntosh

Malachi McIntosh was born in Birmingham, England, but grew up in the United States. His fiction and non-fiction have been published in Under the Radar, The Caribbean Review of Books, The Guardian, The Independent, and Comma Press’s Book of Birmingham. His stories have been shortlisted for the Galley Beggar short story competition (2016), Penguin Books’ WriteNow (2020), and the Book Edit Writer’s Prize (2021); longlisted for the Guardian/4th Estate BAME prize (2019); and commissioned by the National Trust and Lincoln University. He is an Associate Professor of World Literature at Oxford. Parables, Fables, Nightmares is his first collection. 

About The Emma Press

The Emma Press is an award-winning independent publishing house based in the Jewellery Quarter, Birmingham. It was founded in 2012 by Emma Dai’an Wright and is dedicated to producing beautiful, thought-provoking books for adults and children, and to making poetry accessible to everyone. The Emma Press publishes themed anthologies, illustrated chapbooks and children’s poetry and fiction, with a growing list of translations which includes titles from Latvia, Estonia, Indonesia, Spain and the Netherlands.

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