Impugned By A Peasant & Other Stories

By Frank Key

Rating: 4 stars

This is a collection of very short vignettes by Frank Key, culled from his website Hooting Yard. I first encountered Mr Key as a reader on the Drabblecast podcast and when his new volume was published, a few of the stories were read on that podcast which I enjoyed so looked up the complete collection.

The vignettes are very short, no more than 2-3 pages each, surreal and not really about anything. You can’t read many in one go or they completely blur, but they are enjoyable in a wry way. There are recurring characters who you start to look out for, such as the bestselling paperbackist Pebblehead, the vertically-challenged adventurer Tiny Enid, and, of course, the perpetually out of print pamphleteer, Dobson.

Having heard Key as a reader, I hear these stories in his voice, a rather dry, somewhat sarcastic English tone which completely suits the stories.

Book details

Publisher: Lulu
Year of publication: 2010

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