In this collection of 19 surreal stories Andrew Hook rides the slipstream through a series of fantastic yet familiar scenarios which, despite their peculiarities, are often only one step removed from reality. Weaving life into death and death into life he skates the twilight zone of our imaginations.
His skewed images are both disturbing and vibrant: a daffodil is inserted into an open wound, a giant beaver rampages through a small town, a boy's coming of age is reflected through schlock horror vignettes, and the planet's Eco-system is downloaded on computer disk.
Here are some sample reviews:
"The best stories here are among the finest that the independent press has to offer." - Pete Tennant, The Third Alternative
"A collection that is enigmatic, dark, occasionally amusing, occasionally sad, quite often infuriating, but always classy." - Dave Price
"A strong collection." - Time Out
The contents were as follows:
Andrew was born in 1967 in Norwich and began writing in 1987, with the assistance of the Government's Enterprise Allowance Scheme. After a period of travelling he continued writing in his spare time and his first published story was "Pussycat" in 1994. Since then he has had over 90 separate short story sales, one novel and two novellas published, and four short story collections. These were in a variety of genres, although slipstream is his default style.