I found The Cupboard Press at a writer’s and writing conference in Los Angeles last year, two young people sitting at a table in the vast exhibition hall. I liked their little books, each small enough to fit into the palm of my hand, just about, the length of a novella whether it really is a novella or a small collection of stories or a slightly experimental long form poem.
My subscription gets me four books a year, one per quarter. Duncan Barlow’s novella Of Flesh and Fur is the third one I’ve received.
I liked it quite a bit.
What happens after a pack of coyotes has been spotted near a Southern California suburb? A man, recently divorced decides he wants to have a child. There are women who want his sperm, but none who want him to be involved with the resulting baby. He turns to cloning. Soon he has a baby boy.
Though he loves his son, clones frequently do not turn out the way their “parents” had hoped for. This child is fine for a while, kind of wonderful really, until the coyotes appear. Then the boy begins incessantly crying. Day and night, non-stop. Finally his “father” is forced to take drastic action.
I thought it was terrific. An entertaining story that had me thinking.
I look forward to the arrival of the next edition.
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