Urban Creatures - UK Edition

“I admire Alodie's current illustrations for the forthcoming collaboration, Urban Creatures. They are both shadowy and playful, full of fairy-tale mystery and urban grit – surrealistic whimsical London scenes, I’m tempted to say Dickens meets Blade Runner – there’s an integrity there that yields to the reader’s imagination, fulfilling our ancient appetite for both aural story telling and simplistic imagery. "

Urban Creatures by Sarah Gray

Urban survival makes creatures of us all. Clamouring for love, terrified of boredom and anxious for success, we fight a futile battle.

Primal urges feed the city, stalking its inhabitants. From a psychotherapist gorging on tragedy to a grief-stricken father searching for his daughter's lost soul, humanity's subterranean secrets and shames are unearthed.

In her third collection of short stories, Sarah Gray occupies the edge of reality, dexterously inhabiting and defying form and genre. Gray's stories shift from the unsettling to the surreal to the frightening, all cut with her characteristic black humour.

*This edition is currently out of print, but stories from this collection are included in the new  US Edition of Urban Creatures published by Mercuria Press.

If you would like more information about Sarah, please visit Sarah's website - Racontesse

“Sarah Gray's hypnotic, unnerving, and sharp Urban Creatures manages to perfectly capture the unease and odd textures of the city while exploring themes of how people connect and collide, change and reshape and react in the urban environment and helped along by Alodie Fielding's illustrations."

Sam Reader for NightFire rated Urban Creatures as one of 2020's six standout horror short story collections.