We're living in Kafka's world. Everybody from George Saunders to Terry Bisson has been mining a Kafkaesque seam of alarming strangeness. But what happens when you mix some especially odd story ideas with an almost supernatural sense of dissociation? You get something like The Miniature Wife by Manuel Gonzales, a book which feels as though Kafka fell into a K-hole.
Top image: Emily Raw, via The Miniature Wife on Tumblr.
The 18 stories in Gonzales' book run the gamut of surrealism and oddness. Besides the unicorn story we excerpted recently, there are stories about a zombie, a werewolf, a shrink ray that reduces a man's wife to the size of a doll, and a paralyzed composer who speaks through his ears. There's even a story about a world where the sound of people's voices is harmful to adults, in the vein of Ben Marcus' The Flame Alphabet.