THE DARK NEST

 

This website is intended to open up my short stories to as many readers as possible. The whole collection is called The Dark Nest, and the stories are about hidden or repressed phenomena. Many of them have elements of transformation in them: a student who changes into a bluebottle, a dog who learns to talk, a woman whose skin becomes transparent, a doll who comes alive. And others are preoccupied by surprise: finding a Martian in a wood, buying a collection of tin soldiers that reinterprets the past, finding prehistoric paintings that revolutionise our sense of who we are.

 

Many of the stories deal with a material world which rebels against common sense: hats, coats and frocks that turns against their owner, often with devastating results. 

The stories can be characterised as Body Gothic. I have read some of the stories aloud on the website, and two of them ("The Connoisseur" and "The Shining Furrow") have films made by artist Alan Everatt. Each story has an accompanying image and a strap-line. 

Some of the stories were published  by Egaeus Press in 2020 as "The Dark Nest". This sold out quickly, but reviews of it are included on this website, as is a Biography. 

I have FIVE BRAND NEW STORIES
Read them HERE
One of them, "Emotional Crepitus",
has an accompanying video only
viewable HERE!
Sue Harper, 22nd February 2021
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Sue reads from The Dark Nest for
The Spring Arts & Heritage Centre
To view CLICK HERE
"The Dark Nest" hardback
book DETAILS HERE
PLUS - the book has a great new review HERE

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