The Hour That Stretches Year One, edited by Edward Morris, will have a twofold review: one, for the readers on the lookout for new voices in fiction and one for its merit as an author’s how-to guide.
The Hour That Stretches Year One is a collection of the best short stories and poetry of the Hour That Stretches, a Portland-based event where authors and poets showcase their work to a live audience. It is organized chiefly by Edward Morris, editor of this anthology, who is known for having an eye out for every new voice that comes his way. He is also brave enough to attempt new, experimental narratives or stories that might be classified as ‘different’ to most readers.
As an author’s how-to manual, The Hour That Stretches is an excellent example of fiction and poetry by accomplished writers, for writers. I personally enjoyed the work included, from flash fiction to poetry, even if I found that they styles of presentation would not suit any reader who is on the lookout for a quick read-through during their daily commute.
If you are a reader, looking for strange new quality voices in fiction and have a taste for the experimental, then this anthology is more than worth a look. If, however, you are a starting (or published) author on the lookout to expand your style into different kinds of narrative, then this anthology is more than heartily recommended.
The Hour That Stretches, Year one is published by Gamin Publications