Contains 49 short yet fully realised tales drawing on the Gothic, the surreal, the erotic, the blackly humorous: a dog who can talk, a woman whose skin becomes transparent, the discovery of a dead Martian in a wood, the purchase of a doll who comes alive.
These are tiny, jewel-like pieces, evocative of a world of outsiders who change everything, of unbidden guests who challenge the status quo, of bodies that become unruly, and of landscapes that develop minds of their own.
Sue Harper is Emeritus Professor of Film History (University of Portsmouth), and has written a number of books on British cinema, but this is her first book of fiction. In her academic work, she was preoccupied by the repressed or forgotten aspects of cultural history, true also of her fiction. Ovid has been the inspiration for her ideas about transformation and change. The influence of Angela Carter and Margaret Atwood is also clearly present, as well as the artists Leonora Carrington and Dorothea Tanning.
A sample story from the pages of The Dark Nest can be found HERE.
The book is a lithographically printed, 192 page pocket sized hardback (105mm x 165mm); limited to 300 copies. It is part of the Egaeus Press Keynote Editions. ISBN 978-1-916465763.
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