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Dark, heartbreaking, funny, twisted, bleak and hopeful in unequal measure.

Salt Water is Sef Hughes’s debut collection of short fiction.

Eleven furiously imaginative and off-centre stories by one of the most original writers around today blend dark magical realism with gripping domestic drama to create tales that range from the hauntingly peculiar to the downright bizarre. 

An aggressively good-natured community activist will stop at nothing to achieve immortality. An invisible chef meets his biggest and most deadly fan. A cleaner’s life of drudgery and misfortune takes a frightening detour. A weekend break to Barcelona dissolves into a journey to the edges of sanity. Step-by-step instructions on how to steal your visibility back. And much, much more. 

Influenced by JG Ballard, Flannery O’Connor, Will Self, Margaret Atwood and Kurt Vonnegut to name a few, Sef Hughes writes stories that are dark, heartbreaking, funny, twisted, bleak and hopeful in unequal measure, that take his readers to the curious extremities of human relationships.