A Time for Violence- An Anthology

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A Time for Violence explores violence in its many forms, as well as what drives people to use it.

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So why violence then? Well,  A Time for Violence was a cool title, which was where it began. But beyond that, it’s a simple theme that inspires edgy, transgressive material. And at the end of the day, that was the real theme  — edginess and transgression.  

Anthology. A Time For Violence 6 x 9 v6.5 Caliber Mobi Creation (Kindle Locations 23-25). Close To The Bone. Kindle Edition.
Book Cover A Time for Violence

Short story anthologies became popular in the eighties and were sold in supermarkets. It was riding the wave of the paperback horror boom. The starting point for this trend was the increasingly popular books of Stephen King. 

You might remember Night Visions and Shadows from that period. The A Time for Violence anthology aims to honour the many exceptional short story collections from times past. 

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Why Are You Here? by Radhika Iyer

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Why Are You Here? is a collection of short stories featuring women and their ability to survive despite difficult circumstances.

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She could not return home, not like this. Abandoned. Useless. She could envisage the reaction of her family, who would not reject her, although deep in their hearts they would want to. She would be a burden for the rest of her life.

Radhika Iyer. Why are you here? (Kindle Locations 750-751). Castles in the Air Press.

Book Cover: Why Are You Here? by Radhika Iyer

Why Are You Here? By Radhika Iyer is the first book published by Castles In The Air Press. 

Radhika was born in Malaysia, a daughter to immigrant parents. They were Indian first and Malaysian second, and this is how they raised her. The Indian community represents only 10% of the total population. Radhika felt like a minority within a minority, being part of a smaller group within the Indian community. It leads to an identity struggle, made worse when she moved to England and later Dubai. 

Many of the stories in Why Are You Here? are based on this struggle. It represents Indian women in a battle for identity and acceptance. As well as complex topics like obesity, rejection, abuse, racism, and stereotyping.

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