Entry updated 11 August 2018. Tagged: Author.
(?1991- ) Irish author whose first book, The Hierophants (2016 chap), a self-reflexive fable conspicuously evocative of the work of Flann O'Brien. His first full-length title, Hostages (coll of linked stories 2016), exuberantly mixes Irish Mythology, spoofed Myth of Origin tropes [see The Encyclopedia of Fantasy under links below], Dystopia, and (again spoofed) Young Adult settings – in this case a semi-rural secondary (or high) school in the village of Moynalvey – into a Magic Realist Equipoisal assault on our failure to recognize the ground beneath our feet (see Fantastika; Horror in SF). The five tales are variously couched and paced, running in length from a sketch told almost telegraphically to a full-length novella, and variously spoof/honour formularies of telling from saga to sf; "The Sky Over our Houses" Horror in SF is a Parody of Fortean comic paranoia (see Charles Fort). Though told with a natural comic voice, the ensemble of tales assembled as Hostages in the end convey a sense of vastation: a sense of recognition of the end times (see End of the World). [JC]
born Ireland: ?1991
- The Hierophants (Dublin, Ireland: The Penny Dreadful Press, 2016) [novella: chap: pb/]
- Hostages (Stillorgan, County Dublin, Ireland: New Island Books, 2016) [coll of linked stories: pb/]
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