Call to Readers and Writers
The fishermen know that the sea is dangerous and the storm terrible, but they have never found these dangers sufficient reason for remaining ashore.— Vincent Van Gogh
I want to use these pages to celebrate dangerous writing in any genre: writing that challenges, that goes to dark or unexpected places, that doesn’t repeat the familiar platitudes. I’m interested in dark fiction but also popular science, politics, polemic…
I won’t be reviewing stories about wistful heroines with wide grey eyes or handsome heroes with finely chiselled features. I probably won’t be reviewing children’s books (though children’s interests are often darker than we think, so you could always try me…) and I almost certainly won’t be reviewing anything with an uncomplicated Happily Ever After.
But I also won’t be reviewing books which offer only horror for its own sake, or books about torture or sado-masochism, and if the most original thing you can offer is another female victim, then I won’t be reviewing your book either.
I hope you’ll startle me. I’d like to review writing that makes me think, that forces me to pick up my moral compass and give it a little tap just to check it’s still working. If such writing can also make me laugh or if it sends me out for my run with a quicker step than usual, I’ll be particularly delighted.
If you would like to risk a review on these pages of something you’ve written or found, please email me with a brief description or a passage to tease me, and I’ll get back to you.
If you would like to do an interview, please give me a couple of facts about yourself and a couple of questions that you’d like to answer – just the questions, not the answers – and if I think an interview with you would fit these pages, I’ll send you some questions of my own.
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