Book Excerpt: Invisible

Today marks the publication of Freaks,  a co-written collection of short stories by Caroline Smailes and Nik Perring, illustrated by Darren Craske.
We are delighted to showcase a short story from the collection, Invisible.

Darkly humorous these stories explore the more disturbing consequences of ordinary, flawed human beings obtaining superpowers.
A bizarre collection of short stories, each featuring a character with an unusual superpower.
FREAKS taps into the current growth in popularity of short stories and fascination with imperfect super heroes, as seen in recent film Chronicles and Channels 4’s cult series Misfits.
Meet The Photocopier, a woman who can reproduce herself at will and attempts to teach her daughter to do the same. The man who can break his way into his lovers dream and the woman in My Little Pony pants who likes to be ridden like a Pony.
FREAKS will appeal to contemporary fiction, short story and graphic novel fans alike.

[Super Power: The ability to make oneself unseen to the naked eye]

If I stay totally still,
if I stand right tall,
with me back against the school wall,
close to the science room’s window,
with me feet together,
pointing straight,
aiming forward,
if I make me hands into tight fists,
make me arms dead straight,
 if I push me arms into me sides,
if I squeeze me thighs,
stop me wee,
if me belly doesn’t shake,
if me boobs don’t wobble,
if I close me eyes tight,
so tight that it makes me whole face scrunch,
if I push me lips into me mouth,
if I make me teeth bite me lips together,
if I hardly breathe,
if I don’t say a word.
I’ll magic meself invisible,
and them lasses will leave me alone.

Freaks is available to buy in paperback (here) and ebook (here) formats.

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