A shadow government sets sail to discover the whale of Penlan Tork. Clara is desperate to capture all life in her version of Ada Lovelace’s Analytic Engine. The ugliest man in a cave must rescue captives from the Emperor’s mind. Time and again we see the twentieth century through the waspish eyes of Johannes Boanerges’ adoring biographer: modernism, 1968, the house guillotine, Anatolian goats, genocide. A couple enjoy (then regret) kidnapping their gas man. What price a hair cut costing nothing? The beauty of an office scar. Prim-passionate Charlotte exchanges letters with an infatuated Franz. Americans in a Portuguese pool make up some rules with Europe on the brink. The view from a ladder when ivy threatens our street . . . all this, then some more, in Steven Earnshaw’s debut short story collection, Memory Clinic.
Steven Earnshaw’s fiction has previously appeared in The Warwick Review, The Wrong Quarterly, Lackington’s Magazine and Tears in the Fence. Other publications include The Pub in Literature, Existentialism: A Guide for the Perplexed, Beginning Realism, The Direction of Literary Theory, and The Handbook of Creative Writing (editor). He is Professor of English Literature at Sheffield Hallam University, is currently researching a book entitled The Existential Drinker, and lives in Sheffield.