The Inner City
Karen Heuler’s stories have appeared in over sixty literary and speculative journals and anthologies, including several “Best of” collections. She’s published a short-story collection and three novels, and won an O. Henry award in 1998. She lives in New York with her dog, Philip K. Dick, and her cats, Jane Austen and Charlotte Bronte.
“. . . Heuler’s vivid imagination, strong prose and remarkable visions make The Inner City a collection worth reading.”
“Heuler continues to delight with her thoughtful brand of modern surrealism/magic realism—a criminally underrated writer.”
“Heuler (The Made-Up Man) presents an engrossing collection of 15 tales of the ways individuals and society influence one another. Movements such as environmentalism and fundamentalism are presented without bias in “The Large People” and “The Great Spin,” pointing out both the sensible and the ridiculous. The only unredeemable concept is bureaucracy, costing one woman her job and identity in “The Hair” and another her sanity in “The Inner City.” Other stories focus more on the individual than on a particular issue, both in personal relationships (“Ordinary”) and professional ones (“Thick Water”). The tone shifts easily from fairy tale storytelling (“FishWish”) to internal monologue (“The Escape Artist”). Though the universally strong stories have no explicit connection, they blend to suggest a world that is at once recognizable and distorted, providing a new, clear perspective on the forces shaping contemporary Western culture.”
—Publishers Weekly (starred review)
“. . . Heuler blurs the line between genres. Science fiction, horror, fantasy—it’s all here. And so it’s exactly the sort of book that ChiZine Publications in Toronto has become known for producing, not only because of its genre blending—and bending—prose, but because of the excellence of the stories contained within.”
—The Winnipeg Review