We're back in the Off/Kilter kitchen, cooking up a batch of recommendations for those with discerning tastes that lean towards the slightly strange. But first, an amuse bouche! Today's ingredients include death goddess rituals, dystopian cities, water walking, people who give birth to cocoons, radium-induced superpowers and more. Hungry yet? Dig in!
This collection of stories from Barbara Black is the perfect mix of vividly strange and philosophical, taking readers to the softest and darkest places of the human heart to expose our tender vulnerabilities. Like a rich mole sauce with a depth of earthy flavours that are at once smokey and sweet.
Kristyn Dunnion masters the speculative, illuminating elements of the strange to create something that's somehow all the more gritty and real. Stoop City is a total reimagining of community, showing us that despite how very different we are, it is the delicate human threads within each of our own unique stories that binds us together. Reminiscent of that one street hot dog vendor who looks kind of sketchy but that the locals know is the best on the block.
In this dark and wonderful collection from Sofi Papamarko we are gifted with a cast of unforgettable characters through 12 stories that highlight the ways in which we confront life's precarious boundaries—coping with and evolving through the most difficult of circumstances. Like nervously trying sushi for the first time and then realizing that all you've ever wanted in life is to order that sushi boat meant for 60 people, just for yourself.
-Teenage conjoined twins
-Marie Curie's subconscious mind
-Superhuman resistance to toxic levels of radiation
Told through the voices of several different female protagonists, this collection finds its own balance in a world that is perpetually off kilter. These voices show us what it's really like to grow up and live as a woman in a skewed society. Like experimenting with a new recipe by adding a touch of bright acidity to balance the flavour.
-The prodigy of neglectful superheroes
-Deadly viruses that threaten to wipe out North America
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