NOT SO PERFECT (Roast Books)
22 short short stories; 22 not so perfect lives, where bird watchers come out at night, couples perform love surgery, and a woman is throwing up animals.
The extraordinary is everywhere, but an unsettling familiarity pervades.
Nik Perring’s brilliant debut collection demonstrates the underestimated powers of brevity. Intricately crafted and filled with dark humour, his 22 stories examine the conundrums and contradictions of human relationships, and ask us what it is to be human at all.
PRAISE FOR NOT SO PERFECT
“Playful, subversive, poetic and smart, Nik Perring’s stories are gems. Every one of them.”
- 3:AM Magazine
“Nik Perring’s moving and imaginative flash fictions capture whole lives in just a glimpse, a character, a snatch of dialogue, and a few perfectly chosen details. These short, short stories are so full of life.”
- Michael Kimball, author of Dear Everybody and Us.
“In Not So Perfect, Nik Perring pinpoints those moments in his characters’ lives that everyone experiences, the points at which we all spit fire, we fade into nothingness, that instance we’ve all found ourselves lobbing grenades at defenseless farmers. While these notions are ridiculously fantastic, Perring’s smooth style makes them all seem real, as much a part of us as sitting in the garden and having tea. Perring is a writer whose talent expands beyond his word count in this intriguing debut.”
- Michael Czyzniejewski, author of Elephants in Our Bedroom.
“In Nik Perring’s wistful universe, tinged equally with regret and hope, fabulous beings rub shoulders with the meek and ordinary; infinite possibilities are glimpsed in mundane settings. In short, anything can happen and often does.”
- R. N. Morris, author of A Razor Wrapped in Silk.
Combining brevity with an overarching narrative, Nik Perring’s unusual storytelling is touching and captivating. His Beautiful series follows the lives of Lucy, Lily, and Alexander through their words, trees and shapes. In the first of the series, Beautiful Words, fact and fiction interplay within the context of their three lives. Accompanied by rich, playful illustrations from Miranda Sofroniou, these 26 story-gems invite us into Alexander’s world, telling us of his love, his loss and some of his favourite words too. Beautiful Trees and Beautiful Shapes, the second and third books in the series, are due to be released later in 2014.
““Smart, funny, and very very beautiful, Nik Perring shows us twenty-six new ways to fall in love.” — Robert Shearman
FREAKS! (The Friday Project – HarperCollins)
(April, 2012) A bizarre collection of short stories, each featuring a character with an unusual superpower.Meet The Photocopier, a woman who can reproduce herself at will and who attempts to teach her daughter to do the same.Or the zombie hairdresser who is able to reanimate every time she dies.And the man who can break his way into his lover’s dream. Over fifty freaks and misfits feature in this unforgettable book, and each is illustrated by comic book artist Darren Craske.
Jack doesn’t like going to bed, nothing exciting could possibly happen once you’re in bed could it? Maybe it could, because whenever Jack goes to sleep something extraordinary happens, he travels back in time! He meets Vikings and Anglo Saxons, helps to write the Doomsday book and much more.