I absolutely love short stories. Short stories, and the notion of Superpowers. Short stories, the notion of Superpowers, and Free Things. Among the things I love are Short stories, the notion of Superpowers, and pretending I’m as funny as the Monty Python team just because I’m pastiching one of their most iconic sketches…
Ahem. What I’m trying to say is: there’s a fab new book out, called “Freaks!”. It’s a collection of short stories by Caroline Smailes and Nick Perring, with illustrations by Darren Craske. And, in support of its official launch, I have a free sample to share with you all.
This story wasn’t at all what I was expecting, but it’s brilliant – in that way that makes you wince in recognition, and want to hug the narrator. I’m looking forward to reviewing the entire collection very soon. In the meantime, here’s your Free Sample.
I’m warning you, though. After reading this you’re almost certainly going to want to read the whole thing.
[Super Power: The ability to make oneself unseen to the naked eye]
If I stay totally still,
if I stand right tall,
with me back against the school wall,
close to the science room’s window,
with me feet together,
if I make me hands into tight fists,
make me arms dead straight,
if I push me arms into me sides,
if I squeeze me thighs,
stop me wee,
if me belly doesn’t shake,
if me boobs don’t wobble,
if I close me eyes tight,
so tight that it makes me whole face scrunch,
if I push me lips into me mouth,
if I make me teeth bite me lips together,
if I hardly breathe,
if I don’t say a word.
I’ll magic meself invisible,
and them lasses will leave me alone.