I’m still surprised at how little I’ve heard around the web about Our Island of Epidemics by Matt Salesses. But, I am glad to see the stories up around the web in various places, including one of my favorites, “The Man In the Hills,” up at Necessary Fiction.
We woke up and could do magic. It was the latest epidemic on our Island of Epidemics. We disappeared into boxes and reappeared at friends’ houses, springing out of their closets. We hovered for seconds in the air before our feet touched down again. We shot sparks from fingers and they zigzagged across the sky like banners. We made ourselves bigger or smaller.
But then we discovered we weren’t magicians: we didn’t know how our tricks were done or how we did them. We disappeared and reappeared in closets, waiting for someone to change clothes. Our feet left the ground to our surprise. Our fingers burned with sparks and we couldn’t hide where we were. We made ourselves bigger or smaller.
Salesses has also recently collected all of the stories from the collection published online into a map of the island.
But, I’d highly suggest snagging a copy of the chapbook from PANK, too.
Win a Free Copy of Our Island of Epidemics
Comment with a few lines or a story about a disease you would like to spread on our island of epidemics. It can be anything–boils, bastards, breathlessness!
Next Wednesday, author Matt Salesses will select his favorite epidemic to win a free copy of Our Island of Epidemics!