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The Uncanny Gastronomic
The Uncanny Gastronomic

The Uncanny Gastronomic

Strange Tales of the Edible Weird


Tales of the Weird


288 Pages, 5 x 7.5

Formats: Trade Paper

Trade Paper, $16.99 (US $16.99) (CA $22.99)

Publication Date: March 2024

ISBN 9780712354288

Rights: US & CA

British Library Publishing (Mar 2024)

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‘Well,’ he said, looking at the waiter and giving him a sly wink, ‘all I can tell you is that I think it was pig’s meat.’
‘You mean you’re not sure?’
‘One can never be sure.’

A brush with the mushroom devil whets the appetite. The meat at the werewolf’s table is a dish to relish. Dessert with London’s cannibal club may be the cherry on top.

From fairy tales and folklore focused on magical foods and strange eating came an enduring tradition of writers playing with food and the uncanny. In the fiction of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries this tradition thrived, with themes of supernatural consumption, weird transformation and sensual euphoria as key ingredients.

Raiding this dark pantry of writing, this new collection presents a feast of sixteen classic tales, two poems and one essay, with choice morsels by masters of the macabre including Shirley Jackson, Franz Kafka, Angela Carter and Roald Dahl.

Author Biography

Zara-Louise Stubbs is a freelance writer and PhD researcher in literature. Zara’s current research explores food studies, mysticism, and gendered embodiment in contemporary writing. Zara is interested in all things surreal, subversive, and strange.