Revolutions – an anthology of short stories by Manchester Speculative Fiction

Posted by Jake Causier, over 3 years ago

Manchester Speculative Fiction, who meet twice a month at MadLab, have recently published an anthology of short stories called Revolutions. The book features science-fiction, horror, dystopian and just plain weird short stories with one thing in common – they’re all set in Manchester, England.

The group invited writers to participate in an open-submission selection for stories to be featured in the book. Over sixty stories were submitted, with seventeen of the best making it into the final copy.

Who’s in it?

The Revolutions anthology has a good mixture of stories from published authors, emerging writers who have had short stories in anthologies before, and up and up-and-coming new authors gaining their first publication. The authors are:

What are the Stories about?

There are seventeen stories, falling into five categories:

  1. Comedy: Once Upon A Time in the Northwest ’s pie-gladiators, and Gasoline Alley ’s Manc-Scouse war are surreal and fun.
  2. Future Dystopia: there are no zombies, but down on the streets the future is grim in Sarah Jasmon’s excellent The Uncertainty Principle , eco-dystopias, No. 5 Passage , and Bridgewater , and future-noirs Cold Metropolis and Wrath and Duty .
  3. Horror: Die Booth’s brutal Maketh the Man , Eric Steele’s thrilling Earthsong , and the chilling The Attic of Memories all push the right horror buttons.
  4. Sci-fi: Craig Pay’s Traveller and Katya Fawl’s Waterways are classic sci-fi ideas with great Manchester twists.
  5. General Weirdness: Please, Please Let Me Get What I Want, The Last Drag Show On Earth, When the Sun is Dead, Toil and Trouble, and Until Further Notice all defy classification and show prodigious imagination and storytelling skills.

Want to read Revolutions?

You can read the first story in Revolutions, Sarah Jasmon’s The Uncertainty Principle for free on Amazon.

Revolutions is available to purchase for Kindle or in paperback on Amazon US and Amazon UK.