This is my new collection of short stories. Comments welcome!
I'm a published Irish author (Short Story collection "Big Mouth" - Phoenix, and Novel "The Ledge" - also Phoenix), who is steadily beginning to despair of the future of the Short Story genre. We seem to be mired in a nostalgic, retrospective, bucolic swamp at the moment (priests, farmers, the 1970s, etc - Christ, it's like the bloody literary equivalent of "Ballykissangel"...), which is ruinous for Irish writers in general,and the short story genre in particular.
The 14 stories in my new collection " The Enniskillen Taxi Driver & Other Stories" are politically engaged, culturally a bit bit shouty, occasionally, authentically melancholy, exquisitely annoyed and (continuing my tiny, subterranean, linguistic battle against laziness, cliche and mediocrity), endeavouring to quietly use the English language/vocab in an entirely different way.
It would be tremendously gratifying to hear from other (particularly Short Story ) writers, to gauge the health off this genre.
All the best