Darker With the Lights On by David Hayden

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Darker With the Lights On by David Hayden

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“It’s an open secret that David Hayden is one of the most interesting short story writers around … I, along with anyone with even the vaguest interest in looking at modernism anew, will be queuing up for a copy.” – EIMEAR MCBRIDE

“In his hands writing is a magical operation. Mere literary tricks are dismembered, thrown a charred bone, decomposed. Make no mistake however, there is craft here and lots of it; the atavistic craft of a patient and fearless necromancer. Handle this book with care, goodness knows where its visions end.” – CLAIRE-LOUISE BENNETT

“Hayden's hypnotic combination of oneiric situations with pinpoint language conjures Calvino or Barthleme. His stories are airborne elephants: their lightness of touch belies their emotional weight.” – JOANNA WALSH

 “Once in a blue moon, a book comes along that really is like nothing you’ve ever read before. The 20 stories in this debut collection from David Hayden are strange, uncomfortable fables of memory, metamorphosis, time, disassociation and death: hard to fathom, but impossible to ignore; twisty and riddling, yet with a blunt impact that reverberates long after the final page.” – JUSTINE JORDAN, The Guardian

Shortlisted for the Republic of Consciousness Prize

Paperback edition – 11th May 2018

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ABOUT THE BOOK

Driven ceaselessly, hypnotically forward by a powerful, deeply felt narrative force, the stories in this debut collection pull off that rare trick of captivating the reader, while twisting the form into truly new shapes. Comprising compelling stories made memorable by an imagist’s flair for photographic observation and unsettling, often startling, emotional landscapes, Darker With the Lights On introduces a mesmeric new literary talent with seismic potential.

ABOUT DAVID HAYDEN

David Hayden's writing has appeared in gorse, The Yellow Nib, The Moth, The Stinging FlySpolia and The Warwick Review, and poetry in PN Review. He was shortlisted for the 25th RTÉ Francis MacManus Short Story prize. Born in Dublin, he has lived in the US and Australia and is now based in Norwich, UK, where he is currently working on a novel.