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  • Fauna

***Longlisted for the 2022 Edge Hill Short Story Prize***

Some we love, some we hate, some we eat.

Some can time-travel through a telepathic equine network. Some can collaborate in avian theft. Some are trained to build canine cyborgs, while others are nothing but a figment of a bloodthirsty imagination; an fake elephant in a virtual room.

Tales of animals in all the wrong places. Stories that seek the minds of our fellow-feeling beasts. Yarns as old as Dragon herself, and just as angry.

Vegan noir.

“Brilliant imagination and sharp storytelling aside, Dr. David Hartley shows us a delightfully fresh way of looking at who should, really, be our closest friends.”

- Nik Perring (Author of Not So Perfect, Freaks!)

“Fiercely original, these are stories that are at times disturbing, absurd, and darkly comedic, and which refuse to conform to the constraints of time and space. A startling collection, that begs to be read aloud. Hartley is a brilliant storyteller, with the kind of
imagination that leaves you feeling a bit fearful for your own safety.”

- Lucie McKnight Hardy (Author of Water Shall Refuse Them)

"I haven’t read anything quite like these brilliant, dark and often fairy-taleish short stories. The tension is found here on the edges and boundaries: human/animal, natural/man-made, happiness/horror. With humour and an incredible versatility in voice and style - not to mention technology-hacking rabbits and horses who time travel - Hartley asks us to look hard at our own world and never, ever, underestimate the animals. "

- Tania Hershman, author of Some Of Us Glow More Than Others and My Mother Was An Upright Piano

"This collection contains some of the best stories I've read in a long time"
- Schicketanz Books

"Dystopian? Weird? Genre categories don't do it. Read it. It will crack your head and re-make you"
- Eliza Mood, Goodreads

"I wasn’t expecting this to be anywhere near as epic as it was, and I think any one of these stories would be a credit to any writer’s portfolio."
- Dane Cobain, Goodreads