Just when I finished my book on British crime paperbackers, I was notified that another book was ready to be picked from the printers. It’s Patricia Abbott’s Merenneidot (meaning “Mermaids”) short story collection I edited and published with a small print run. The book collects six of Abbott’s insightful, clever, cruel and empathetic crime stories, most of them are in the flash fiction length, but the longest story in the book is about ten pages long.
The stories are: “Mermaids”, “My Hero”, “How to Launder a Shirt”, “Johnny Jinx”, “Hole in the Wall” and “Initiation”. Most of these were originally published in the web, but some were print publications. Most of the stories came out in Finnish in my magazines Isku and Ässä, but “Mermaids” and “How to Launder a Shirt” were translated for this book and were never before published in Finnish. “Johnny Jinx” and “Hole in the Wall” were translated by my friend Lotta Sonninen and I’m sure their translations are better than my attempts!
The cover is by Aapo Kukko as are my usual mini books. See the Ray Banks book here and the Ed Gorman book here. (Seems like I haven’t blogged about the Gorman book, but it’s a translation of his “Scream Queen”.)
Most of the copies I’m selling are going to the libraries here in Finland, but this is also available through me for a measly three euros!