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Out There

On sale

18th April 2023

Price: £9.99

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Selected: Paperback / ISBN-13: 9781529372663

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‘Extraordinary . . . Folk is a dazzling talent’ Karen Joy Fowler

‘Wonderfully weird’ Daily Mail

A woman uses dating apps to find a partner, despite the threat posed by ‘blots’, artificial men more interested in stealing data than dating. A sculptor, trapped in a skyscraper restaurant when a violent coup erupts below, creates a perfect model of the town as it is destroyed. A curtain of void obliterates the world at a steady pace, leaving one woman to decide with whom she wants to spend eternity.

Haunting and darkly inventive, the stories in Out There deftly combine science fiction and horror to uncover an unforgettable vision of the absurdity of life in the digital age.

‘The literary love child of Kafka and Camus and Bradbury penning episodes of Black Mirror‘ Chang-Rae Lee, author of Native Speaker


Booklist (starred review)
Tightly constructed and spectacularly mind-bending stories that ingeniously pair everyday challenges and outlandish predicaments, ranging from hilarious to terrifying. Folk writes with unnerving matter-of-factness as she veers into Poe- and Shirley Jackson-like horror or turns to the poignantly fantastic in the mode of George Saunders or Kelly Link.
Publishers Weekly (starred review)
A wonderful absurdist collection that explores the vagaries of human connections
Sarah Davis-Goff, author of <i>Last Ones Left Alive</i>
Kate Folk will be compared to Carmen Maria Machado and Julia Armfield - there are wonderful similarities in the sheer force of her creations, but she's very much her own writer. These stories are funny, scalding and, sometimes, breathtakingly beautiful.
New York Times Book Review
Out There is for readers who consider body horror to be a love language. True romantics will swoon either despite or because of the gore that accompanies these sharp, affable stories . . . Folk's stories have been compared to Shirley Jackson's, and this is most apparent in the way Folk balances her horror with humour.
Chang-Rae Lee, award-winning author of <i>The Surrendered</i>
Wondrously perverse, often creepy and hilarious, and always sneakily heart-breaking, from the moment you read these tales you'll know you're in the presence of a singularly brilliant vision, one that burns off the scrim of our normal-seeming human customs and operations to reveal the utter bizarreness of this existence. Out There, it turns out, lies very much within.
Claire North, bestselling author of <i>The First Fifteen Lives of Harry August</i>
Disturbing, alluring, dazzling and creepy, Out There is a riveting collection that keeps you enthralled with every page.
Adam Johnson, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of <i>The Orphan Master’s Son</i>
Kate Folk's stories inhabit otherworldly realms where exquisite language and beguiling characters excavate the very nature of love and existence.
Lisa Locascio, author of <i>Open Me</i>
Kate Folk is a formidable writer, a literary swordsmith of feline dexterity, very dark and very funny, equally at home in the magisterial dark and the relentless glare of truth.
Isle McElroy, author of <i>The Atmospherians</i>
The stories in this stunning debut are funny, fearless, and moving portraits of life shaped by the ever-widening shadow of technological progress. Folk's imagination is uncanny and arresting. Out There expertly captures the all-too-human experience of longing for lives we may never inhabit, and the final story is a chilling and tender portrait of love that will stick with you long after you finish the book.
Aysegül Savas, author of <i>White on White</i>
The lucid, unsettling landscapes in Out There bring our own world into chilly focus through an exquisitely distorted lens. Each one of these amazing stories is a masterclass in eeriness and perception. Kate Folk's imagination is on fire.
Kelly Link, author of <i>Get In Trouble</i>
An assortment of stories so sharp and ingenious you may cut yourself on them while reading, like a drawer full of the most beautiful knives. Kate Folk's Out There goes onto my shelf of favorite collections.
Kimberly King Parsons, author of <i>Black Light</i>
Wry, riveting, and ambitious, Out There is one of those rare collections that manages to be both brilliantly inventive and emotionally resonant. Folk's tilted worlds are hilarious and unsettling-they sit squarely in the spaces where anxiety and exhilaration collide. Full of unforgettable voices and gleeful, exacting prose, this is a sharp and stylish debut from a wildly gifted writer
Karen Joy Fowler, bestselling author of <i>We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves</i>
Fifteen extraordinary, through-the-looking-glass tales, containing locked rooms, demanding houses, embodied Russian bots, revolution, and relationships -- all delivered with a side of menace. Wonderfully weird and weirdly wonderful, Folk is a dazzling talent
Daily Mail
Kate Folk's short stories are wonderfully weird; playfully pushing the possibilities of plotlines towards the uncanny, creepy and off-kilter, they have a seam of dark humour that illuminates the grotesquery with an unnerving beauty