Recently I read Jim Crace’s collection of short, short stories, ‘The Devil’s Larder’. The cover is sensuos, a pair of red lips pouting, overflowing with blueish black berries, a smudge of purply red on the chin, is it the juice of the berries or blood, a stray berry falling from the mouth.
The stories are quirky, philosophical, dark, funny, sweetly sombre, unpredictable as short stories should be. They all revolve around food, and the characters who live in them are as different and strange as the varieties of food available in our world. Utterly, utterly delicious.
One blog I love reading for a collection of similarly enticing stories is http://indeterminacy.blogspot.com/.
The stories take off from a photo, and it’s interesting to see how different people weave their tales around one photo.