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Parables, Fables, Nightmares

Parables, Fables, Nightmares

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A man jumps, the platform empties, then the stories begin. Filled with tales of tragedy, love, hope and frustration, Malachi McIntosh’s debut collection of short stories offers surreal and satirical accounts of the many perils of contemporary life.

 

‘But she didn’t see. She stands out in the street as it was, in the city as it was.

She was right next to him, standing there right next to him, but she didn’t see.

Matthew texts her as she walks nowhere, rings her when the time for them to meet comes and goes and she’s done three laps of an anonymous block and she answers finally and tells him A man He jumped And I saw it, even though she didn’t see.

She didn’t see.’

 

 

Page count: 122

Publication date: 14 Sep 2023

Paperback ISBN: 9781915628190

Cover designed by Mark Andrew Webber

This book will be packaged by staff in the Emma Press office in Birmingham, and taken to the post office on Tuesday or Friday. 
Stock allowing, your package will include our latest risoprint zine, ‘The Emma Press Post’, which features poems and illustrations from the titles in our catalogue, plus original drawings.

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Malachi McIntosh

Malachi McIntosh's fiction and non-fiction have been published in 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, Penguin Books WriteNow, and the Book Edit Writer’s Prize. His work has been longlisted for the Guardian/4th Estate BAME Prize and commissioned by the National Trust and Lincoln University. Malachi was Editor & Publishing Director of Wasafiri from 2019-2022 and is an Associate Professor of World Literature at Oxford.

Description

A man jumps, the platform empties, then the stories begin.

Filled with tales of tragedy, love, hope and frustration, Malachi McIntosh’s debut collection of short stories offers surreal and satirical accounts of the many perils of contemporary life. From resistant mothers and unexpected corporate climbers, to doomed weddings and unwelcome visitors, these dark, comedic and uncanny stories contend with timeless concerns of parenthood, family, race and identity in the here and now.

Whether characters are absorbed in social media or burying their grief, raising themselves up or taking others down, Parables, Fables, Nightmares brings a light to our interactions in an ailing world and heralds the arrival of a unique new voice in fiction.

 

Praise for Parables, Fables, Nightmares

“Malachi McIntosh conjures worlds that lie at the extremes of our imagination and at the center of our experience. The parables are visceral and unsettling, beautiful and charming, all at once. Every character stands out as much as they are a stand-in for a stereotype; their chatty bonhomie is captured with absolute finesse. This book is a delightful read.” – Meena Kandasamy
‘[An] amazing collection’ – Morgan Omotoye, The Bookseller
‘McIntosh has created a fantastic debut collection of short stories. Covering the  fascinating and weird subjects of our everyday lives in high-quality writing, Parables, Fables, Nightmares is a thought-provoking and emotional read.’ – Ilina Jha, Redbrick
‘I was astonished at the insightful, clearsighted prose and the depth he reaches in his writing. A surreal, honest and energising read. Highly recommend!’ – Gemma Seltzer, author of Ways of Living
Outlandish, funny, moving and ingeniously fresh.‘ – Rufus Jones, Cherwell

Additional information

Dimensions 19.8 × 12.9 cm
Format

Paperback, eBook

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