The Forms of Things Unknown: Short Stories by Maggie McNeill

The Forms of Things Unknown: Short Stories by Maggie McNeill

by Maggie McNeill


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This collection of short-short stories visits many different places and times and the stories fall into many different genres; the unifying factor, as the title indicates, is things, situations or characters that aren't quite what they seem. Sometimes that's relatively benign, though more often it isn't. And in some cases, it's the story itself which isn't quite what it seems. There are several tales in which I and/or friends of mine appear in disguised, fictionalized forms, and two in which I overtly appear as a character; there are even a few places in which the boundaries between fiction and nonfiction, between story and introduction, and even between the confines of the book and the world outside of its pages are deliberately blurred. And when form and substance, fantasy and reality, creator and created are so fluid, anything can happen; I can't even guarantee that you, my readers, will remain firmly outside of the magic I've woven. After all, when real people can become characters and characters can emerge from the page to interact with their creator, how can the reader be sure to remain unaffected? I hope that effect is limited to provoking your imagination and perhaps giving you a nightmare or two, but I'm not promising anything. Don't say you weren't warned.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781541065185
Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date: 04/27/2017
Pages: 244
Product dimensions: 5.98(w) x 9.02(h) x 0.51(d)

About the Author

Maggie McNeill was a librarian in suburban New Orleans, but after an acrimonious divorce economic necessity inspired her to take up sex work; from 1997 to 2006 she worked first as a stripper, then as a call girl and madam. She eventually married her favorite client and retired to a ranch in Oklahoma, but began escorting part-time again in 2010 and full-time again early in 2015 after another divorce (this time amicable). She has been a sex worker rights activist since 2004, and since 2010 has written a daily blog called "The Honest Courtesan" ( which examines the realities, myths, history, lore, science, philosophy, art, and every other aspect of prostitution; she also reports sex work news, critiques the way her profession is treated in the media and by governments, and is frequently consulted by academics and journalists as an expert on the subject.

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