Angela Meyer is editor of the popular blog LiteraryMinded, the editor of the short story
collection, The Great Unknown and former acting editor of Books+Publishing. Her book reviews, stories and articles have appeared in The Big Issue, Award-winning Australian Writing, Crikey, The Australian and internationally in The Queens Head literary magazine. Angela is a regular guest at many Australian and International writers festivals. Captives is her first book of fiction. To find out more about Angela click here.
Short, intense and mesmerising…
Captives opens with a husband pointing his gun at his wife. There’s a woman who hears ‘the hiss of Beelzebub behind people’s voices, a photographer who captures the desire to suicide, a man locked in a toilet who may never get out, a couple who grow young, and a prisoner who learns to swallow like a python.
Listed as one of Readings most anticipated books of 2014 by
book-buyer Martin Shaw.
Angela Meyer’s Captives is a collection of shimmering story wafers, each of which hovers at exactly the sweet spot of just enough. Individually piercing, Meyer’s fiction slices fit together like the best poetry does, amplifying what came before and chiming with what comes after. —Tania Hershman.
Angela Meyer’s microfictions introduce a new and welcome voice. At her best she is very good. Everything is alive, nothing is explained.
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Praise for Captives
How has this author done this with such chilling economy of words?? —Lisa Hill, ANZ LitLovers LitBlog
It startles. It prompts the reader to reflect, to cross-examine existence. Meyer captures the everyday with conflict and tension, with a subtle interrogation of life and death.—Eugen Bacon, Mascara Literary Review
Captives, then, imagines the end of time, not as a distant prospect, but as an inevitability that we carry with us in the present. Its mystery is the source of the hope, despair, frustration, and even acceptance that runs throughout the collection. —Anna Saikin, NANO Fiction
Meyer’s language here is tight and spare, and uncompromising. I loved it, and knew I’d made the right decision to buy this book. —Sue Terry, Whispering Gums
It is the sort of book that you will remember long after you have left the train station.
—’Mallarme Got it Wrong: Mark Roberts Reviews Captives by Angela Meyer’, Rochford Street Review
This tiny book covers a vast landscape of the literary mind at work, spanning through historical fiction, speculative fiction, crime and relationship dramas and many more. —Emily Paull
Captives, by Angela Meyer is darkly compelling from the first of its tiny pages to the last. Packed with poignant word-morsels, these micro-fictions are unsettling, hauntingly beautiful and curiously calming.
—Tara Moss @taramossauthor
In her first book of fiction, writer and literary journalist Angela Meyer demonstrates her gift for painting vivid pictures with a few adroit, restrained brush strokes. —Jennifer Peterson-Ward, Books+Publishing
Meyer’s language is subtle and skilful, giving us flashes of unsettling truths, peppered with dark humour. —Brigid Mullane, Readings Monthly
Meyer’s ability to float the rubber duck of fun in the bath of foreboding is pitch-perfect. —William Yeoman, The West Australian
…her best stories are like the perfect skeletons of small animals, from which a warm and living body may be easily imagined. —Kerryn Goldsworthy, Sydney Morning Herald
The material smallness of this book and its fictions is deceptive. These tiny stories have a pressing, bruising quality of their own, and attest to the possibilities of language – whatever the form – as a space of potentiality able to capture and create the world anew. —Jo Langdon, Cordite Magazine
William Yeoman interviews Angela Meyer for The West Australian.