This month, a lovely review of my book Snapshots of the Apocalypse was published in the literary magazine Mslexia. A part of it is below:
My interview with Amanda Earl, Canadian experimentalist, editor, publisher and lover of whimsy, is up at 3am Magazine. My interview with writer Sarah Schofield, author of the excellent short story collection Safely Gathered In (Comma Press) was also published at 3am Magazine.
A couple more reviews of my book are out. Sharon Eckman for Everybody’s Reviewing described it as ‘fabulously inventive’ and ‘full of darkly funny one-liners’ here. The Macuniun online magazine reviewed it too, saying, ‘Wimhurst’s immense creativity is revealed in her ability to imagine multiple different detailed worlds’ and praising certain stories for being ‘funny and whimsical, fluidly weaving magical moments in a recognisable reality.’. It is comforting to get such great feedback. Each of these reviewers, despite predominantly positive comments, had a couple of criticisms of the book too. I think one has to take them on the chin and learn from it. One criticism was that one story was ‘too bizarre’, which I am secretly reassured by. I sometimes feel I curtail my Surrealist proclivities in order to get published.
This week my book of fiction, Snapshots of the Apocalypse, had its first independent media review up at The Indiependent in which it was described as ‘piercing, dark and wry’ and a ‘sublime blending of wit and critique’. I had a piece published on Why Magical Realism Rocks at Leslie Tate’s writer blog. My book is also now available as an ebook at Fly on the Wall Press.
A lot happening last week. The zoom launch of my book of dark, quirky short fiction, Snapshots of the Apocalypse by Fly on the Wall Press. The Leicester University Creative Writing blog kindly featured the book here. My essay ‘Fabulous Fiction in an Era of Falsehoods’, which mentioned the book in a broader discussion of the importance of speculative fiction, was published at Nothing in the Rulebook here.