Helen McClory – Mayhem & Death
- Katharine Gemmell
- 28 March 2018
McClory's collection of short stories is the latest from publishers de jour 404 Ink
Mayhem & Death is the latest from Helen McClory and publishers 404 ink. McClory is the publishing house's self-confessed dream author and her new collection provides a follow-up to On the Edges of Vision which won the 2015 Saltire First Book of the Year.
McClory's second publication is a set of dark and forlorn short stories and a novella, dedicated to 'the lonely' and 'the lost' respectively. 'Southerrain' tells the story of a grieving mother who escapes her grief on a day trip to Mallaig, which contrasts entirely to the poem about actor Jeff Goldblum having various existential crises.
One particular stand-out is 'A Voice Spoke to Me at Night' which features a millennial who lives above a Tesco and is visited through the mirror by a lonely man from the past. This bizarre visitor speaks a mixture of Scots and Latin to tell the story of a plague from yesteryear.
The seemingly separate universes of the stories are sewed together with a vivid sense of nature and animal imagery that connects the emotions in each story. It leaves a feeling that the dark emotions experienced by the fragmented voices are eerily similar and perhaps universal.
Out now, published by 404 Ink.