All Comma Titles by Genre

Single Author Collections

Amuse-Bouche

Arnon Grunberg

Bizarre, garrulous, self-confident, often desperately lonely; such is the variety of characters Grunberg meets...

The Silence Room

Sean O'Brien

Chain-smoking alcoholics, warring academics, gothic stalkers and aspiring writers are just some of the visitors that browse the mysterious library at the heart of Sean O’Brien’s fiction debut.

Hitting Trees With Sticks

Jane Rogers

A young textile designer quits Britain to work for a Nigerian women’s refuge, confident that this is her one chance to make a difference…

Tea at the Midland

David Constantine

The characters in David Constantine’s fourth collection are often delicately caught in moments of defiance. Constantine’s bewitching, finely-wrought stories give us permission to escape.

Moss Witch

Sara Maitland

Each story in Sara Maitland’s new collection enacts a daring kind of alchemy, fusing together raw elements of scientific theory with ancient myth.

Cold Sea Stories

Pawel Huelle

The characters in Pawel Huelle’s mesmerising stories find themselves, willingly or not, at the heart of epic narratives; legends and histories that stretch far beyond the limits of their own lives.

I Love You When I'm Drunk

Empar Moliner

So delicate and fleet-footed are these stories, even the most single-minded protagonists win us over with a raucous charm that makes us love them and hate them in equal measure.

Instruction Manual for Swallowing

Adam Marek

Welcome to the surreal, misshapen universe of Adam Marek’s first collection; a bestiary of hybrids from the techno-crazed future and mythical past.

It Was Just, Yesterday

Mirja Unge

The characters in Mirja Unge’s debut collection are all, in their own way, evading something; whether failing to confront the true nature of an encounter, or avoiding responsibilities as a parent, sibling or friend.

Long Days

Maike Wetzel

With pared down but insistent language, Wetzel achieves a poise and clarity and presents lives that are as arresting as they are arrested.

The Madman of Freedom Square

Hassan Blasim

Blasim’s stories present an uncompromising view of the West's relationship with Iraq, spanning over twenty years and taking in everything from the Iran-Iraq War through to the Occupation...

On Flying Objects

Emil Hakl

Whether evading the expectations of adult life, or finding themselves drawn to characters they’re simultaneously repulsed by, each one of Hakl's characters holds a mirror up to the peculiar failings of masculinity.

The Last Tram

Nedim Gursel

In these stories Gürsel crisscrosses modern Europe, settling in some cities — like Paris — for many years, visiting others several times, decades apart.

The Iraqi Christ

Hassan Blasim

From legends of the desert to horrors of the forest, Blasim’s stories blend the fantastic with the everyday, the surreal with the all-too-real.

The Shieling

David Constantine

The characters in David Constantine’s remarkable new collection are united by an urge to absent themselves, to abscond from the intolerable pressures of normal life and withdraw into strange ideas, political causes, even private languages.

The Stone Thrower

Adam Marek

Pulsing at the core of Adam Marek’s much-anticipated second collection is a single, unifying theme: a parent’s instinct to protect a particularly vulnerable child.

Stone Tree

Gyrðir Elíasson

In almost every one of Eliasson's stories we find people taking leave of their normal lives in order to take their dreams more seriously.

Tiny Deaths

Robert Shearman

Robert Shearman’s debut collection offers a gravity-defying spectacle: a procession of perfectly weighted what-ifs floating just above the real world, self-contained hypotheticals all buoyed up by a single, infinitely variable theme: mortality.

Twice in a Lifetime

Ágúst Borgþór Sverrisson

Each of Sverrisson’s stories offers an intricate study in the precariousness of life, the frailty of every fleeting opportunity.

Under the Dam

David Constantine

Entering Constantine’s stories is like stepping out into a wind of words, a swarm of language. His prose is as fluid as the water that surges and swells through all his landscapes.

The War Tour

Zoe Lambert

Zoe Lambert’s stories weave a dark and disturbing web, interlacing documentary accounts with imagined testimonies to give voice to the many silenced casualties of war.

You Have 24 Hours to Love Us

Guy Ware

Whether living under a totalitarian regime or simply getting through the day in a grindingly predictable metropolis, Ware’s characters struggle with the urge to redefine themselves, to start again, to reboot.

Jebel Marra

Michelle Green

Interlinked collection of short stories set in and around a humanitarian aid centre in Darfur in 2004-2005.

The Well of Trapped Words

Sema Kaygusuz

Blending mysticism and modernity, Kaygusuz’s stories demonstrate why she is regarded as one of the most promising writers in Turkey today

In Another Country: Selected Stories

David Constantine

Featuring the story that inspired the motion picture, 45 Years.

Points of Origin

Diao Dou

Short stories from one of China's leading satirists

Swallow Summer

Larissa Boehning

The latest collection from German author Larissa Boehning

The Ghost Who Bled

Gregory Norminton

Achingly sad and boundlessly inventive, Norminton’s short story collection is as witty and lyrical as it is moving.

You Should Come With Me Now

M. John Harrison

M. John Harrison is a cartographer of the liminal; his work sits at the boundaries between genres – horror and science fiction, fantasy and travel writing – just as his stories traverse the no man’s land between the spatial and the spiritual.

Quartier Perdu

Sean O'Brien

Second collection of short stories by the multi-award-winning poet, playwright and journalist Sean O’Brien.

Letters Home

Martyn Bedford

The first collection of short stories from award-winning thriller writer and YA author.

Triple Word Score

Frank Cottrell Boyce

The debut collection of short stories, and the first piece of adult fiction from the award-winning children’s writer and seminal film-writer.

Booklets

Leeds Stories 1

ed. Isaac Shaffer

This is the first in a series of specially commissioned, original short stories celebrating the strength and richness of the city's literary alumni.

Leeds Stories 2

ed. Isaac Shaffer

Part 2 of a series of mini short story anthologies celebrating Leeds writing.

Liverpool Stories 1

ed. Tane Vayu

This, the first in a series of short story mini-anthologies, celebrates Liverpool’s on-going literary output through accessible, magazine-style collections – distributed to as many readers as possible.

Manchester Stories 1

ed. Ra Page

Launched Oct, 1998, with readings by Karline Smith, Nicholas Blincoe and Tibor Fischer at Deansgate Waterstone's.

Manchester Stories 2

ed. Ra Page

A collection of stories documenting the modern Mancunian experience. The second in the series.

Manchester Stories 3

ed. Ra Page

Launched March 11, 2002, on the 25th Floor of the CIS Building, Manchester, in conjunction with Co-Op Insurance Services.

Manchester Stories 3

ed. Ra Page

Launched March 11, 2002, on the 25th Floor of the CIS Building, Manchester, in conjunction with Co-Op Insurance Services.

Manchester Stories 4

ed. Ra Page

Launched June 21, 2002, Geoffrey Manton Building, MMU, Manchester as part of a series of 'Manchester Writing' events within the Literatures of the Commonwealth Festival.

Manchester Stories 5: Caesura

ed. Ra Page

Both featured in City Life and sold separately, this issue was the first of the booklets to be distributed FREE to public transport users in the Greater Manchester area.

Manchester Stories 6: Europride Special

ed. Jon Atkin

This was the first in the Manchester series to look beyond Greater Manchester for its authors, bringing together an international cast of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender writers from Britain and abroad, as well as home grown talent, to celebrate Manchester hosting Europride, the largest celebration of Gay and Lesbian culture in Europe.

Manchester Stories 7: Gothic Tales

ed. Emma Unsworth

The theme for this special edition is ‘gothic’ and modern, urban responses to what gothic means, or can mean, in modern Britain.

Newcastle Stories

ed. Angela Readman

Published in September 04, issue 1 Newcastle Stories 1, six established and award-winning Newcastle authors kick-started a unique new magazine series that featured anthologies of new work twice a year and free to readers of The Crack.

Breaking the Genre

The New Uncanny

ed. Ra Page, Sarah Eyre

14 leading authors have here been challenged to write fresh fictional interpretations of what the uncanny might mean in the 21st century, to update Freud’s famous checklist of what gives us the creeps, and to give the hulking canon of uncanny fiction a shot in the arm, a shock to the neck-bolts...

Phobic: Modern Horror Stories

ed. Andy Murray

Phobic shines a torch into the unlit areas of the modern subconscious and suggests the more we know, the more we realise how worried we really should be.

I.D.: Crimes of Identity

ed. Martin Edwards

The latest showcase of shorts from the CWA celebrates the ‘who’ in the whodunnit, the psyche behind the psychological profile.

M.O.: Crimes of Practice

ed. Martin Edwards

These stories demonstrate that, even with the most despicable of crimes, there’s methodology in the madness.

non-fiction

Speculative Fiction

Iraq + 100

ed. Hassan Blasim

Iraq + 100 poses a question to ten Iraqi writers: what might your country look like in the year 2103 – a century after the disastrous American- and British-led invasion, and 87 years down the line from its current, nightmarish battle for survival?

New Author Anthologies

Brace

ed. Jim Hinks

Organ-playing wunderkinds, poets on government re-employment schemes, unlikely celebrity party guests…

Bracket: A New Generation in Fiction

ed. Ra Page

The latest in Comma’s acclaimed series of short story anthologies, Bracket brings together 20 of the country’s most promising, previously unpublished writers.

Comma

ed. Ra Page

Real or surreal, despairing or defiant, these stories prove that far from being a genre of offcuts and unfinished ideas, the short story, if only we give it a moment, is very much alive and well.

Ellipsis 1: Comma Modern Shorts

ed. Ra Page

Ellipsis is a new set of books celebrating the 'short story sequence' - that interlocking daisy-chain of narrative produced when stories knit together to form a continuum of character or theme.

Ellipsis 2: Comma Modern Shorts

ed. Ra Page

The stories in Ellipsis 2 demonstrate the transforming, often alienating affect a relationship can have on the individuals in it, and remind us that being next of kin isn’t always kind.

Hyphen: an anthology of short stories by poets

ed. Ra Page

Established and award winning poets from around Britian and the UK have been asked to 'interlope' into the unknown territory of the short - most of them for the first time and each bringing with them a new, poetic perspective as well as an intuitive feel for the snapshot's hidden narratives.

Parenthesis: a New Generation in Short Fiction

ed. Ra Page

Comma's second anthology of new writers showcases 20 of the most imaginative and daring voices taking up the form; writers dedicated to charting the far reaches of this terrain right at the outset of their careers; writers who prove it's best to stay short.

science fiction

Iraq + 100

ed. Hassan Blasim

Iraq + 100 poses a question to ten Iraqi writers: what might your country look like in the year 2103 – a century after the disastrous American- and British-led invasion, and 87 years down the line from its current, nightmarish battle for survival?

You Should Come With Me Now

M. John Harrison

M. John Harrison is a cartographer of the liminal; his work sits at the boundaries between genres – horror and science fiction, fantasy and travel writing – just as his stories traverse the no man’s land between the spatial and the spiritual.

Poetry

Dangerous Driving

Chris Woods

The poems in Chris Woods' second collection remind us to take time out from our lives, from ourselves, and share with us both the pleasures and surprises that come with even the smallest skive…

Dr James Graham's Celestial Bed

Gaia Holmes

Dr James Graham's Celestial Bed marks the arrival of yet another great Yorkshire poet.

Mollusc

Helen Clare

Helen Clare's relationship poems are coloured with the intricacy of a cross-section, the emotional strata of a dissector’s imagination.

Pray For Us Sinners

Joolz Denby

The whirlwind of words that is Denby’s fifth collection builds legends within legends, retells myths and casts new ones where you least expect them.

Planet Box

Diana Syder

Planet Box is a collaboration that re-configures our idea of the poetry book.

From Professor Murasaki’s Notebooks on the Effects of Lightning on the Human Body

John Latham

Having trained as a physicist – specialising in the science of cloud formation – and then later emerged as one of the more curious voices in British poetry, John Latham is not a writer you’re ever likely to forget.

Translated Anthologies

ReBerth: Stories from Cities on the Edge

ed. Jim Hinks, Franco Bianchini

Featuring short stories by twelve acclaimed writers from the Cities on the Edge, ReBerth explores these landscapes of change - the social tensions, the scars of war and economic decline, the attempts at regeneration, and the startling and sometimes unsavoury secrets of how these cities’ inhabitants thrive and survive.

Elsewhere: Stories from Small Town Europe

ed. Maria Crossan

Pressed to describe what the phrase ‘small town’ conjures up, we’d be hard pushed to say anything positive: closed-minded; petty; provincial; parochial. On a broad European canvas, however, the rich traditions of short story writing challenge these preconceptions.

The Book of Istanbul

ed. Jim Hinks, Gul Turner

This book brings together ten short stories from some of Turkey’s leading writers, taking us on a literary tour of the city, from its famous landmarks to its darkened back streets.

Decapolis: Tales from Ten Cities

ed. Maria Crossan

Decapolis is a book which imagines the city otherwise. Bringing together ten writers from across Europe, it offers snapshots of their native cities, freezing for a moment the characters and complexities that define them.

Madinah: City Stories from the Middle East

ed. Joumana Haddad

For all we think we know of the conflict and exoticism of the region, nothing opens more doors to what we don’t than its writing. Here, ten short stories by new and established writers have been selected and translated in English for the first time, to open just such a door…

Shi Cheng: Short Stories from Urban China

ed. Ra Page, Carol Yinghua

The challenges depicted in these stories are uniquely Chinese, but the energy and ingenuity with which their authors approach them is something readers everywhere can marvel at.

The Book of Gaza

ed. Atef Abu Saif

This anthology brings together some of the pioneers of the Gazan short story from that era, as well as younger exponents of the form, with ten stories that offer glimpses of life in the Strip that go beyond the global media headlines.

The Book of Rio

ed. Toni Marques, Katie Slade

The ten stories in this anthology bring to life the complex and ever-changing face of Rio de Janeiro behind the tourist-tailored images of the city.

The Book of Tokyo

ed. Jim Hinks, Masashi Matsuie

A City in Short Fiction.

The Book of Khartoum

ed. Raph Cormack, Max Shmookler

Short Stories from Khartoum

The Book of Dhaka

ed. Arunava Sinha, Pushpita Alam

A City in Short Fiction.

Iraq + 100

ed. Hassan Blasim

Iraq + 100 poses a question to ten Iraqi writers: what might your country look like in the year 2103 – a century after the disastrous American- and British-led invasion, and 87 years down the line from its current, nightmarish battle for survival?

Banthology

ed. Sarah Cleave

New stories specially written in response to President Trump’s divisive immigration ban, featuring established and emerging writers from Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen.

The Book of Tbilisi

ed. Gvantsa Jobava, Becca Parkinson

The latest in our Reading the City series, The Book of Tbilisi will bring together ten short stories written about and from the Georgian capital, showcasing the work of some of the country’s most loved writers.

Conradology

ed. Magda Raczynska, Becky Harrison

Polish and British writers journey into the heart of darkness that is Europe to write responses and meditations on Conrad’s writing.

Science into Fiction

Moss Witch

Sara Maitland

Each story in Sara Maitland’s new collection enacts a daring kind of alchemy, fusing together raw elements of scientific theory with ancient myth.

Litmus: Short Stories from Modern Science

ed. Ra Page

This anthology draws out and distills science’s love of narrative from a wide range of scientific disciplines, weaving theory into very human stories, and delving into the humanity of theorists and experimenters as they stood on the brink of momentous discoveries.

Bio-Punk

ed. Ra Page

14 leading authors have here been challenged to write fresh fictional interpretations of what the uncanny might mean in the 21st century.

Lemistry

ed. Ra Page, Magda Raczynska

British and Polish novelists join screenwriters, poets, computer engineers, and artists, to celebrate and explore Lem’s legacy through short stories and essays.

When It Changed

ed. Geoff Ryman

When It Changed is an attempt to put authors and scientists back in touch with each other, to re-introduce research ideas with literary concerns, and to re-forge the alloy that once made SF great.

Beta-Life

ed. Ra Page, Martyn Amos

Short Stories from an A-Life Future

Spindles: Stories from the Science of Sleep

ed. Ra Page, Penny Lewis

Short stories informed by explorations of the science of sleep

Thought X: Fictions and Hypotheticals

ed. Ra Page, Dr Rob Appleby

An anthology of specially-commissioned stories exploring thought experiments and their use in science to crack fundamental problems.

Reading the City

ReBerth: Stories from Cities on the Edge

ed. Jim Hinks, Franco Bianchini

Featuring short stories by twelve acclaimed writers from the Cities on the Edge, ReBerth explores these landscapes of change - the social tensions, the scars of war and economic decline, the attempts at regeneration, and the startling and sometimes unsavoury secrets of how these cities’ inhabitants thrive and survive.

Elsewhere: Stories from Small Town Europe

ed. Maria Crossan

Pressed to describe what the phrase ‘small town’ conjures up, we’d be hard pushed to say anything positive: closed-minded; petty; provincial; parochial. On a broad European canvas, however, the rich traditions of short story writing challenge these preconceptions.

The Book of Istanbul

ed. Jim Hinks, Gul Turner

This book brings together ten short stories from some of Turkey’s leading writers, taking us on a literary tour of the city, from its famous landmarks to its darkened back streets.

The Book of Leeds

ed. Tom Palmer, Maria Crossan

Bringing together fiction from some of the city's most celebrated writers, The Book of Leeds traces the unique contours that fifty years of social and economic change can impress on a city.

The Book of Liverpool

ed. Maria Crossan

Bringing together fiction from some of the city’s most celebrated writers, The Book of Liverpool traces the unique contours that decades of social and economic change can impress on a city.

Decapolis: Tales from Ten Cities

ed. Maria Crossan

Decapolis is a book which imagines the city otherwise. Bringing together ten writers from across Europe, it offers snapshots of their native cities, freezing for a moment the characters and complexities that define them.

Madinah: City Stories from the Middle East

ed. Joumana Haddad

For all we think we know of the conflict and exoticism of the region, nothing opens more doors to what we don’t than its writing. Here, ten short stories by new and established writers have been selected and translated in English for the first time, to open just such a door…

Shi Cheng: Short Stories from Urban China

ed. Ra Page, Carol Yinghua

The challenges depicted in these stories are uniquely Chinese, but the energy and ingenuity with which their authors approach them is something readers everywhere can marvel at.

The Book of Gaza

ed. Atef Abu Saif

This anthology brings together some of the pioneers of the Gazan short story from that era, as well as younger exponents of the form, with ten stories that offer glimpses of life in the Strip that go beyond the global media headlines.

The Book of Rio

ed. Toni Marques, Katie Slade

The ten stories in this anthology bring to life the complex and ever-changing face of Rio de Janeiro behind the tourist-tailored images of the city.

The Book of Tokyo

ed. Jim Hinks, Masashi Matsuie

A City in Short Fiction.

The Book of Khartoum

ed. Raph Cormack, Max Shmookler

Short Stories from Khartoum

The Book of Dhaka

ed. Arunava Sinha, Pushpita Alam

A City in Short Fiction.

The Book of Tbilisi

ed. Gvantsa Jobava, Becca Parkinson

The latest in our Reading the City series, The Book of Tbilisi will bring together ten short stories written about and from the Georgian capital, showcasing the work of some of the country’s most loved writers.

Studying the Short Story

Morphologies

ed. Ra Page

Covering a century of writing that arguably saw all the major short forms emerge, from Hawthorne's 'Twice Told Tales' to Kafka's modernist nightmares, these essays offer new and unique inroads into classic texts, both for the literature student and aspiring writer.

The Daughters of the Late Colonel and other stories

ed. Alison MacLeod

Ten of the best Mansfield stories specially selected by the acclaimed author and critic Alison MacLeod who also provides a critical essay.

Gusev and other stories

ed. Frank Cottrell Boyce

Ten of the best Chekhov stories specially selected by the acclaimed author and critic Frank Cottrell Boyce who also provides a critical essay.

Young Goodman Brown and Other Stories

ed. Sara Maitland

Sara Maitland selects and introduces a collection Hawthorne's best stories.

The Man of the Crowd

ed. Sean O'Brien

In this new edition, Sean O'Brien introduces a selection of stories from the master of the American Gothic short story, as well as providing a specially written critical analysis on the form and style of Poe's writing.

Lot No. 249

ed. Martin Edwards

Respected crime writer, critic and editor Martin Edwards introduces a selection of Conan Doyle's most influential and innovative stories.

They and other stories

ed. Adam Roberts

Ten of the best Kipling stories specially selected by the acclaimed author and critic Adam Roberts, who also provides an introductory essay.

The Rats in the Walls and other stories

ed. Ramsey Campbell

Ten of the best Lovecraft stories, specially selected by the acclaimed author and critic Ramsey Campbell, who also provides a introductory essay.

The BBC National Short Story Award

The BBC National Short Story Award 2013

ed. Mariella Frostrup

The stories shortlisted for the BBC National Short Story Award 2013 all use brevity with striking results.

The BBC National Short Story Award 2010

ed. James Naughtie

This year's shortlist brings together a high calibre group of new and established authors exploring human relationships at their most dysfunctional and yet sustaining.

The BBC National Short Story Award 2011

ed. Sue MacGregor

The 2011 edition of the celebrated BBC National Short Story Award, featuring the authors D.W. Wilson, Jon McGregor, M.J. Hyland and more.

The BBC International Short Story Award 2012

ed. Clive Anderson

In honour of the 2012 Olympics, this edition opened its doors to international short story submissions from all over the world, thus becoming the first BBC International Short Story Award.

The BBC National Short Story Award 2014

ed. Alan Yentob

The five shortlisted stories in the UK's most prestiguous award for short fiction - now in its ninth year.

The BBC National Short Story Award 2015

ed. Allan Little

The BBC National Short Story Award with BookTrust celebrates its tenth year with a stellar line-up of authors.

The BBC National Short Story Award 2016

ed. Jenni Murray

Now in its eleventh year, this highly anticipated collection celebrates the very best in contemporary British fiction with an all-female shortlist of renowned authors, who explore the short story form in spectacular fashion.

Novels

Home is Where

Heather Beck

A ground-breaking literary vision, swerving in and out of the isolated monologue of an isolated elderly woman

Ditch-Crawl

John Latham

Ditch-crawling has no rules, just aesthetic principles…

While There is Light

Tariq Mehmood

While There Is Light is a fictionalised account of the events leading up to the arrest of one of the so called 'Bradford 12'.

The Life-Writer

David Constantine

A new novel, written by critically acclaimed short story writer, David Constantine.