Review: Interfictions 2

For the uninitiated, Interstitial fiction is a literary movement that developed over the last few years in which authors attempt to break down genre boundaries and divisions.  These are stories in which all tropes and all formats are fair game, and the stories produced are generally excellent.  But the idea isn’t as novel as many of those involved with the movement make it out to be on occasion.  Currently there are also the slip stream and new weird writers doing the same thing, and previously there was the new wave, and as much as I hate to bring them into this some of the post-modernists (looking at you Pynchon).

Okay, mini-rant over, on to Interfictions 2, the second anthology of interstitial writing.  As a cohesive anthology it has a pretty major flaw.  This is a collection of stories that share the common trait of not fitting in with any established sort of writing, which of course includes their companion stories in this book, and to me that’s a huge problem.

Fortunately though, the parts of the collection are uniformly excellent.  I particularly loved Amelia Beamer’s Morton Goes to the Hospital, a sort of Alzheimer’s romance, and Will Ludwigsen’s Remembrance Is Something Like a House, in which a house goes in search of its former owners.  

With all the variety and skill displayed here I doubt that there’s any reader out there who won’t find something in this collection that will appeal to them.  I just found that it took me forever to complete this book as I was unable to sit down and read the collection for any extended periods as I constantly had to reset my brain between stories in order to be able to follow the stylistic shifts.

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