The Wow Signal by Patrick Chapman

The Wow Signal is a collection of twelve short stories, which have been described as ‘beautifully written vignettes that have a filmic quality’. They are certainly difficult to categorise, and each is very different to the last.

The opening story, Burning The Bed was actually made into a prizewinning short film, and it is a touching description of a breakup. Return Of  The Empress is rather disturbing, and Wake is incredibly so! Others, such as Happy Hour show a lighter, humorous side of the author.

My own personal favourites are Venus d’Arc and No Place Like Home, a tale of mother and daughter, and lost love, which would make a good novel if expanded.

This is a varied collection, which you will want to read, reflect on, then read again. For those who like to explore the art of the short story, this is not to be missed.

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