Robotic insects, in-growing cutlery, flesh-serving waiters in a zombie cafe... Welcome to the surreal, misshapen universe of Adam Marek's first collection; a bestiary of hybrids from the techno-crazed future and mythical past; a users guide to the seemingly obvious (and the world of illogic implicit within it). Whether fantastical or everyday in setting, Marek's stories lead us down to the engine room just beneath modern consciousness, a place of both atavism and familiarity, where the body is fluid, the spirit mechanised, and beasts often tell us more about our humanity than anything we can teach ourselves.
Adam Marek is the award winning author of two short story collections: Instruction Manual For Swallowing and The Stone Thrower - both published by Comma Press in the UK and ECW Press in North America.
He won the 2011 Arts Foundation Short Story Fellowship, and was shortlisted for the inaugural Sunday Times EFG Short Story Award and the Edge Hill Short Story Prize.
His stories have appeared in many magazines and anthologies, including Prospect and The Sunday Times Magazine, and The Best British Short Stories 2011 and 2013. He also teaches creative writing for the Arvon Foundation.
Visit Adam online at www.adammarek.co.uk
'Tales as playful and emotionally resonant as they are disturbing...delightful.'
'Adam Marek is one of the best things to have happened to the short story this century. His stories might be strange, delicious or haunting - but they're always compelling. Any day now the word "Marekian" is going to enter the language. Get in on the act early. Read him now.'
'...this bold young writer is refreshing the form.'