Praise for Gale’s short fiction
“Gale masterfully spins that strangeness into a tale that is both heartbreaking and heartwarming at the same time. Audacious and brilliant.” – Maria Haskins
“…beautiful and lifting and very much worth your time and attention.” – Charles Payseur
“[S]uch a strange and wonderful story. … Poignant and filled with love.” – Vanessa Fogg
An otherworldly banquet of contemporary fantasy, dark fairy tales and soft science fiction, Next Curious Thing collects some of Gale’s best short fiction from 2013 to 2018, including ‘In the Beginning, All Our Hands Are Cold’ (Syntax & Salt Editor’s Award winner) and ‘Wrecked’ (Tangent Online Recommended Reading List). Known for her ability to mix the extraordinary with the relatable, darkness with splendour, and heartache with hope, Gale showcases a wide cast of fascinating female and queer characters in the most curious of situations. In addition to its previously published stories, Next Curious Thing features six brand new tales original to this collection.