Short, intense and mesmerizing. Read these very short stories on a train, a tram, a bus, or waiting in the check out line. Captives by Angela Meyer will fit into your pocket, your handbag or tucked into the cover of your ipad.
Captives opens with a husband pointing his gun at his wife. There’s a woman who hears ‘the hiss of Beelzebub behind people’s voices’, a photographer who captures the desire to suicide, a man locked in a toilet who may never get out, a couple who grow young, and a prisoner who learns to swallow like a python. Movie stars appear throughout reminding us that people live on through images: Paul Newman, Anthony Perkins, Divine, and a girl who died in a car crash are all caught eternally on film.
There’s a touch of Annie Proulx in these stories, the way a lonely death can creep up on you and the way our sexuality will not be denied, though we may try to cover it up. There are many glimpses of ordinary people struggling with everyday madness in extraordinary ways.
About the Author
Angela Meyer is a Melbourne-based writer and reviewer. Her short stories, articles and reviews have been published widely. She's currently working on a novel through a Doctor of Creative Arts in the Writing and Society Research Group at the University of Western Sydney.
Interests in life and writing include: death, spectacle, consumerism, identity, sexuality, drinking, David Bowie, meta-fiction, post-modernism, mixed genres, everything vintage, travel, hearts, galaxies, obsession, sensitivity, the absurd and sensation.
She is publishing some of her (published) short stories to the Kindle in 2011 to give them a longer life.
'Angela Meyer's Captives is a collection of shimmering story-wafers, each of which hovers at exactly the sweet spot of just enough. Individually piercing, Meyer's fiction-slices fit together like the best poetry does, amplifying what came before and chiming with what comes after.' - Tania Hershman, author of My Mother Was An Upright Piano: Fictions, and The White Road and Other Stories.