By Laury A. Egan
The author of The Outcast Oracle delivers 23 stories dealing with the metaphorical concept of fog as a state produced by grief, mental illness, love, anger, religious fanaticism, dementia, pain, prejudice, or dreams and how the human being refracts reality through these diffused prisms. Protagonists struggle with physical and psychological distortions that lead them down problematic paths, whether due to jealousy or desire in the case of lovers or hypothermia experienced by a fallen mountain climber.
Shortlisted for the prestigious UK Saboteur prize.
Laury A. Egan’s fiction and poetry has appeared in over 35 literary journals and anthologies and has been twice nominated for a Pushcart Prize, Best of the Web, and Best of the Net. A story was a finalist for the Glass Woman Prize and another was a finalist in their Ghost Story contest. She lives on the coast of New Jersey.
“This is an uncommon collection and it is uncommonly good. Ms. Egan is a writer for whom words don’t explode, they sparkle. She has a way of ‘wearing’ the characters she writes. She is a wandering man, a set-upon boy, a woman for whom a pair of shoes are as magical as Dorothy’s ruby slippers, and a jilted lesbian lover. She is black, she is white, and I believe she could be Martian if she chose. The plots of these stories are not convoluted tricks. They are as simple and basic as a quiet feud between neighbors, but as deep as feelings of hate and love can ever be.”
—Jon Zech, author of Buck & Tangee
“A mixed-genre collection of rich, provocative tales. From ruminations on the repercussions of time to mind-bending excursions into the supernatural, examinations of cruelty and kindness to incisive relationship studies, Egan’s stories are a satisfying blend of style, plot, and characterization and exhibit a deep understanding of human nature.”
—Greg Miller, author of The Uncanny Valley: Tales from a Lost Town
Laury A. Egan is the author of Jenny Kidd, a psychological suspense novel set in Venice (Vagabondage Press) and The Outcast Oracle (Humanist Press). In addition to writing fiction, two full-length poetry collections, Snow, Shadow, a Stranger and Beneath the Lion’s Paw, were issued by FootHills Publishing as well as a chapbook, The Sea & Beyond. For purchase information, see the author’s website: www.lauryaegan.com
Visit Laury's blog at www.lauryaeganblog.wordpress.com