Title Fortune Box
Author Madeleine Swann
Genre Short Stories, Bizarro Fiction, Urban Fantasy
Format Kindle Edition
Page Length 101
Publication Date 18 Jul 2018
Publisher Eraserhead Press
Read Date Nov/Dec 2018
No one knows where or what Tower Ltd Surprise Packages is or why it’s sending gifts to complete strangers across The City. All they know is that each package is the best thing that’s ever happened to them…or the worst.
In one box is a packet of seeds that allows you to grow your perfect date. In another there’s a cupcake that causes anyone who eats it to grow eyeballs all over their skin. There’s also a parcel with a mousetrap that turns all your enemies tiny. Or you could receive your autobiography, which when signed, makes your every thought famous. Or maybe even a key to a secret door that leads to another dimension where all your unfinished and abandoned projects exist. But with each package received comes both fortune and misfortune that will surely result in unexpected consequences.
Like a season of episodes from The Twilight Zone or Friday the 13th The Series, comes a collection of dark and humorous stories from the premier British female author of bizarro fiction.
I am new to the bizarro fiction world. After listening to Madeleine on the Losing the Plot podcast, I decided to give this a shot, with fingers crossed that I would enjoy it. And enjoy it, I did. I really enjoyed the concept of having interconnecting short stories that also work on their own. Each story is funny, witty, at times disturbing and well written. Swann takes a satirical sneer at social issues such as relationships, celebrity culture, materialism, and social class.
I did feel like a couple of the stories ended a little abruptly, and a little more world building would have been nice. I love how the Tower Ltd company remains mysterious throughout. I’ve seen some comments from reviewers comparing this to TV shows such as Black Mirror and The Twilight Zone and it’s very much in that realm. Surreal, highly enjoyable bitesize snacks.
Anyway, I’m off to open this random box that just got delivered. Until next time, Peace and Love!