Angel Caging and other stories

| November 23, 2017


An astonishing debut collection. Twenty-nine short and very short stories – by turns haunting, evocative, absurd and human.

“Angel Caging is funny, startling and sometimes profound” – Jo Cannon, author of Insignificant Gestures.

“Original, occasionally nuts, sometimes poignant … beneath the surface narratives lurk some surprising truths” – Vanessa Gebbie, author of The Coward’s Tale & Words from a Glass Bubble.

“From satire to macabre, from science fiction to contemporary … a debut well worth your time” – an Amazon reviewer.

A comedian searches for the funny side of depression.

A poet in space learns the hard way about time dilation.

A father and son bond through pig abuse.

Fruit flies get organised.

Turkeys celebrate the fall of humankind.

Somewhere in England a woman loses her words while her husband watches X Factor.

Martin Reed’s short fiction has been published widely in print and online. Angel Caging is his first collection.


From the cover (paperback and hardback):

“‘It rapes carpets. Nice pedal,’ said Mags. It wasn’t what she was trying to say. Not nearly. Not again, she thought.”

How do we get out when the world traps us inside? There is no single escape for the characters in these twenty-nine short and very short stories. Some of them break, some unwind, some rewind, some leave the planet, some scream at the wind, others lock themselves away and forget they were ever here. One or two simply ascend. It’s often the only practical way out of the cage.

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