Out There: Stories

By (author)Kate Folk


Introducing “Out There” by Kate Folk, a collection of sharp and ingenious stories that inject the absurd into everyday life, reminiscent of Kafka and Camus penning episodes of Black Mirror. With settings like a medical ward for a bone-melting disorder and a world threatened by handsome artificial men, this debut collection offers a wild and prescient journey into the weird and eerie forces lurking beneath the surface of ordinary experience. Get ready for an exciting new arrival in speculative literary fiction.


A thrilling new voice in fiction injects the absurd into the everyday to present a startling vision of modern life, “[as] if Kafka and Camus and Bradbury were penning episodes of Black Mirror” (Chang-Rae Lee, author of My Year Abroad).“Stories so sharp and ingenious you may cut yourself on them while reading.”—Kelly Link, author of Get In TroubleFINALIST FOR THE CALIFORNIA BOOK AWARD • ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR: Chicago Review of Books, Kirkus Reviews. With a focus on the weird and eerie forces that lurk beneath the surface of ordinary experience, Kate Folk’s debut collection is perfectly pitched to the madness of our current moment. A medical ward for a mysterious bone-melting disorder is the setting of a perilous love triangle. A curtain of void obliterates the globe at a steady pace, forcing Earth’s remaining inhabitants to decide with whom they want to spend eternity. A man fleeing personal scandal enters a codependent relationship with a house that requires a particularly demanding level of care. And in the title story, originally published in The New Yorker, a woman in San Francisco uses dating apps to find a partner despite the threat posed by “blots,” preternaturally handsome artificial men dispatched by Russian hackers to steal data. Meanwhile, in a poignant companion piece, a woman and a blot forge a genuine, albeit doomed, connection. . Prescient and wildly imaginative, Out There depicts an uncanny landscape that holds a mirror to our subconscious fears and desires. Each story beats with its own fierce heart, and together they herald an exciting new arrival in the tradition of speculative literary fiction.