Three naked men sit on a rock. Before them, laid out on the ground, swaddled in bandages, two babies.
A nightmarish story, apparently inspired by the painting of the same name. Steve Finbow was one of the contributors to Willesden Herald: New Short Stories 1 (plug plug). He has gone on to publish several books of outstanding fiction and non-fiction. Follow the link for more details.
Read: Steve Finbow’s “The Murder of Andreas Baader” | MIR Online
ABOUT THE O. HENRY PRIZE STORIES 2018
The O. Henry Prize Stories 2018 contains twenty prize-winning stories chosen from thousands published in literary magazines over the previous year. The winning stories come from a mix of established writers and emerging voices, and are uniformly breathtaking.
via The O. Henry Prize Stories 2018 | PenguinRandomHouse.com
Looks like the O. Henry Prize anthology includes a new short story by Jo Lloyd, whose story “Work” took the Willesden Herald short story competition first prize in 2009, as judged by Rana Dasgupta. You can read it in New Short Stories 3. The mesmerising opening line from “Work” is also featured on the back cover of the book (see image).
“The first novel from Kent-based American author, Peggy Riley, Amity and Sorrow is a mesmerising exploration of the tension between the familiar and the unknown, of extremes of faith and the lengths to which people can be caught up in the fantasies of others.”
via The Red Dirt Road as a dark Wizard of Oz: Amity and Sorrow by Peggy Riley – Pandora’s Looking-Glass
Peggy Riley’s poetic short story “Pearl” was included in Willesden Herald: New Short Stories 4.
A wagonload of ace short stories in the Irish Times online, including from Kevin Barry, Colm Tóibín, Danielle MacLoughlin*, Thomas Morris*, William Wall, Nuala O’Connor*, Sally Rooney, Paul McVeigh and many more.
Link: The Irish Times – Short Stories
* Past contributors to Willesden Herald | New Short Stories
“Penguin is publishing a new anthology, The Penguin Book of the Contemporary British Short Story, “a literary treasure trove” of “30 great short stories published in the last 20 years”, featuring contributors such as Zadie Smith, Irvine Welsh and Neil Gaiman.” (The Bookseller)
We have one past contributor in it, none other than Thomas Morris, whose story “Bolt” featured in Willesden Herald: New Short Stories 7 (2013).
Trial and error – I don’t know of any other way to write. I try something this way and I try it that way, over and over and over.
Which brings me back to the notion of tentativeness – to doubt and uncertainty and to the exhilarating openness which comes with that, to whatever might come along.
Another twice contributor to Willesden Herald New Short Stories is Carys Davies, whose short stories are wonderfully imaginative, funny and engrossing. Two of the stories in her Frank O’Connor Prize-winning collection The Redemption of Galen Pike are also found in our New Short Stories 3 and New Short Stories 4. Her latest book is West, a novel, published by Granta Books, April 2018.
via Notes on Craft | Carys Davies | Granta