Boiler House acquires Pester's 'unsettling' short stories

Boiler House acquires Pester's 'unsettling' short stories

University of East Anglia publisher Boiler House Press is to publish Ben Pester’s debut short story collection Am I in the Right Place? 

Press co-founder Dr Philip Langeskov acquired UK rights from Cathryn Summerhayes at Curtis Brown.

Am I in the Right Place? is described as "a book of stories in which the everyday – work, parents, friends – is not quite what it should be... Unsettling, original and occasionally monstrous, these are stories that light the contours of the ordinary world with a shimmering unreality."

Chris Power, author of Mothers (Faber, 2018), endorsed the collection, saying: "Ben Pester’s vertiginous and stunningly weird stories are acts of inversion: office life is rendered terrifying and strange, while elements of cosmic horror – alien lifeforms, menacing and hungry holes – possess an eerie banality. Engaging with these enigmatic variations is less like reading and more like plunging; a funny and disturbing experience that I won’t soon forget."

Am I in the Right Place? will be published on 6th May 2021.