Following on from Perring’s short story collection, Not So Perfect, it’s becoming clear being abnormal is the new normal. If you’ve ever felt like a freak or weirdo or that you weren’t quite right – this is the book for you.
FREAKS, an assortment of mishaped stories (in content and form) centering around everyday people who have out-of-the-ordinary super powers (as if having a super power wasn’t quite unsual enough), is a captivating and compelling journey of escapism and affirmation. Essentially shouting right in our ears (and eyes), we’re all feeling like we don’t quite belong, and this is okay. Playing on a willed naivety while dealing with adult themes, FREAKS hits the perfect balance.
As a special treat they have been lovely enough to let us have a sneak peak before you (really must!) buy.
Check out Invisible below. Who’s written it is up to you to decide, with Perring and Smailes each writing seperately and together.
[Super Power: The ability to make oneself unseen to the naked eye]
If I stay totally still,
if I stand right tall,
with me back against the school wall,
close to the science room’s window,
with me feet together,
if I make me hands into tight fists,
make me arms dead straight,
if I push me arms into me sides,
if I squeeze me thighs,
stop me wee,
if me belly doesn’t shake,
if me boobs don’t wobble,
if I close me eyes tight,
so tight that it makes me whole face scrunch,
if I push me lips into me mouth,
if I make me teeth bite me lips together,
if I hardly breathe,
if I don’t say a word.
I’ll magic meself invisible,
and them lasses will leave me alone.