‘In the pages of horror magazine Black Static, Stephen Hargadon loomed into view on two occasions, exploring the boozers, tower blocks and transport routes of Manchester as well as recording its voices; he has a good eye and a good ear.’
The editor of the collection, Nicholas Royle, roamed the dark corridors, musty libraries and fragrant gardens of the literary world, uncovering gems in some unexpected places. From innumerable little magazines, academic periodicals, anthologies, collections, journals, newspapers, pamphlets, chapbooks and web sites, he plucked what he considered the year’s finest stories and brought them together in one volume. His introductory survey, engaging and shrewd, is well worth a read if you’re interested in the short story and it’s place within the current literary scene.
Authors in the anthology include Hilary Mantel, Jenn Ashworth, Helen Simpson, Charles Wilkinson, Rebecca Swirsky, Matthew Sperling, Julianne Pachico, Katherine Orr, Bee Lewis, Uschi Gatward, Emma Cleary and Neil Campbell. Check it out.