edited by Ashley Stokes & Robin Jones
Short stories are the way we live. The world is atomized, desperate, dangerous and confusing at the minute, full of pain, passion, rage, yearning, injustice and too little joy. But not everyone experiences or expresses this in the same way. There is no homogenous form, only moments to collect and arrange. And that’s what Unthology intend to do.
— from the introduction
Unthology 9 is out already and 10 will be with us in June I think. The Stokes & Jones duo at Unthank have been swimming in an ocean of submissions, filter-feeding through them like a pair of blue whales since December 2010, creating 9 anthologies over the course of 7 years = an average of 1.29 books a year.
I initially thought the “Unthank” in the publisher name is a clever Joycean neologism expressing the thankless nature of the labour, with a nod to Sartre’s Nothingness and a sideways glance at Beckett’s Unnamable.
But no. It’s the name of the road in Norwich the editor walks down on his way into town.