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Adam Marek is a writer who won the 2010 Arts Foundation Short Story Fellowship and was shortlisted for the inaugural Sunday Times EFG Private Bank Short Story Award.

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."..genuine, unsettling talent." --"The Independent" ."..a transgressive thrill...delightful." --"The Guardian" "Adam Marek writes tales of the fantastic, the grotesque, and the impossible - all set in familiar, even mundane worlds. The effect may be unnerving or moving or hilarious, but always there is the gripping sense of an idea gestating to a point just short of revelation. Underpinning Marek's fantasies there is a nagging psychological realism. In this debut collection, the English short story receives an injection of something new and compelling and spooky." --Alex Linklater, founder of the National Short Story Prize "Marek's fabulously meaty, funny writing makes the short story look really exciting again, pulling you, frame by frame, into a bright, strange future." --Maggie Gee ."..genuine, unsettling talent." --t"he Independent" ."..a transgressive thrill...delightful." --t"he Guardian" "Acclaimed British author Marek's collection of short stories is something to shout about. . . . These stories are powerful, and although the situations are unreal, the portrayals of the emotions and humanity are very real." --"Booklist" (March 15, 2012) "Marek writes in a deceptively simple style that enhances the reader's ability to accept his wild imaginings as if they are ordinary events faithfully reported by a reliable narrator. In other words, Marek makes the extraordinary seem ordinary, perhaps because his characters are ordinary people who view zombies (for instance) in the same way we might view bad drivers: irritating but commonplace." --www.TzerIsland.com "Marek's talent for an almost sweet grotesqueness is on full display." --"National Post" (April 6, 2012) "Each tale builds with mysterious suspense, bringing to mind Neil Gaiman with his fantastical imagination or Bret Easton Ellis with his frenetic intrigue. . . . This is a book that may hold a broad appeal for lovebirds, philosophers and zombie-lovers alike, and that's part of the fun." --"Scene Magazine "(January 2013)

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