Genre-Bending Short Stories

By Malvern Books

By Malvern Books

The Complete Stories of Leonora Carrington

Leonora Carrington


Recommended by Celia, and one of our bestselling titles of 2019.

Wild Milk

Sabrina Orah Mark


Recommended by Celia, and one of our bestselling titles of 2019.

The Lonesome Bodybuilder: Stories

Yukiko Motoya

$16.95 $15.59

Celia says, "How does one describe the peculiar incisive gentleness of Yukiko Motoya’s 'The Lonesome Bodybuilder'? It might happen, for instance, that you’re a shop girl in a fancy boutique, and you have a customer who’s having trouble deciding what dress to buy. It might happen that she refuses to come out of her dressing room, that you bring everything in the store for her to try on, that the hour gets late, the store closes, you stay all night with her, never seeing what she looks like. It might happen that, while this is obviously a rather shitty job you have, staying late to help a customer who doesn’t realize that the store is closing and she needs to leave, what you mostly feel is a deep sympathy for this woman whose body is not made for the kind of clothes you carry, who is too humiliated to come out of the changing cubicle. It might happen that this woman is not a woman, but a kind of giant slug. There is clothing for her, the kind that would make her look beautiful, but it’s not the kind of clothing you sell. You tried your best, and nothing worked, but nothing is irremediably broken."

Alien Virus Love Disaster: Stories

Abbey Mei Otis

$16.00 $14.72

Recommended by Celia.

Memories of the Future

Sigizmund Krzhizhanovsky


Recommended by Celia.

Ninety-Nine Stories of God

Joy Williams

$15.95 $14.67

Recommended by Celia.

Belly Up

Rita Bullwinkel

$14.95 $13.75

Recommended by Celia.

The Musical Brain: And Other Stories

César Aira

$29.95 $26.96

F says, "To say that nobody writes a story like Aira is an understatement—in a publishing world with a dearth of prolific writers of anarchic, surrealist, fearless fiction, his work comes as a relief for readers thirsty for the healthy unknown."

Magic for Beginners

Kelly Link and Shelley Jackson

$17.00 $15.64

Recommended by Tracey.

The Teeth of the Comb & Other Stories

Osama Alomar


Recommended by Tracey.

Swallowed by the Cold: Stories

Jensen Beach


Recommended by Tracey.

The Storyteller: Tales Out of Loneliness

Walter Benjamin and Paul Klee


Recommended by Tracey.

Are You Here for What I'm Here For?

Brian Booker

$16.95 $15.59

"In seven ‘phantasmagorical’ stories from debut author Booker, ‘altered perceptions are the cornerstone.’ The stories are ‘carefully curated and slightly delicate tales of pedestrian terror.'" —Kirkus Reviews


Amina Cain


"I felt very calm after reading this collection. Zen. Boil some water this afternoon. Find a dependable chair. Put on Eno’s Ambient 4. Enjoy this book. You’ll feel lighter." —Anonymous Malvernite

The Doll's Alphabet

Camilla Grudova

$15.95 $14.67

F says, "This collection of short stories is more like a smell. The smell of an alley or an old apartment house. Or maybe the smell of an old stove, or a laundry hamper filled with two weeks of dirty clothes. In other words, this book is one of a kind. Get it if you’re ready to visit a mythical, yet familiar, place."

At the Blue Monkey: 33 Outlandish Stories

Walter Serner

$15.95 $14.67

"'At the Blue Monkey' offers pieces of a life that don't fit together, its mystery never solved. There's no closure to speak of, but if it raises any questions about the nature of fiction and life, its job is done." —Pat Padua, Spectrum Culture


Dima Alzayat

$15.99 $14.71

"Alzayat's slim, powerful debut collection showcases the author's deep empathy and imagination in stories about grief, assimilation, and trauma . . . This intelligent collection is a force to be reckoned with." —Publishers Weekly, starred review

Lake Like a Mirror

Sok Fong Ho

$16.95 $15.59

"Ho Sok Fong's vivid imagination and keen eye for women's pain, gracefully translated, are hallmarks of a deeply talented writer." —Publishers Weekly, starred review

Why I Write?: The Early Prose from 1945 to 1952 (Edition, First English Translation.)

Bohumil Hrabal

$20.00 $18.00

Recommended by Tracey. "A collection of formative fiction from a writer whose work has earned comparison with Joyce and Beckett ... Early work from a writer who merits a larger readership." —Kirkus Reviews