Welcome to Day 3 of Small Press Week II! I don’t have a great deal of knowledge about British small presses, anabolics so when Elastic Press offered me a review copy of a book, about it I asked Andrew to provide a short bio of his press. He gave me this:
Elastic Press was founded in 2002 by Andrew Hook, specifically to plug the gap in the short story collection market. It has regularly published at least one book every three months since that date, and has most recently released its twenty-ninth title – The Turing Test by Chris Beckett. They publish a mix of genres and have won four British Fantasy Society awards (Best Small Press 2005, and Best Anthology for the years 2005, 2006 and 2007). They can be found at www.elasticpress.com.
I’m impressed. The book I chose was written by a woman named Jai Claire; she looks extremely young, but based on the amount of things she’s accomplished in her life, she must be somewhat older than she looks. She teaches creative writing to adults and has what appears to be the British equivalent of an MFA in creative writing. Her website (here) is interesting although not exactly full of the normal information I put in these little blurbs.
Anyway, The Cusp of Something is a collection of twenty-five short stories; many have been published in other places such as literary magazines. The earliest piece in the collection was published in 1998; a few are original to the collection. The stories all have in common a similar dark, lush tone; some are in first person, others in second or third. They are mostly set during the current time, but they do range into misty times in the future and intimations of the past, as well. The author describes them as literary fiction; most are such, but a few involve magic, mysticism, and the unknown in various forms. Continue reading The Cusp of Something, by Jai Claire