The Stone Thrower by Adam  Marek
(Comma Press, 2012)

The Stone Thrower

by Adam Marek

Intelligent clothing, superhero dictators, contagion-carrying computer games, cross-species reproduction… Welcome to the strange and startling world of Adam Marek; a menagerie of futuristic technology, sinister traditions and scientifically-grounded superpowers – a place where the absurd and the mundane are not merely bedfellows, but interbreed.

Pulsing at the core of Adam Marek’s much-anticipated second collection is a single, unifying theme: a parent’s instinct to protect a particularly vulnerable child. Whether set amid unnerving visions of the near-future, or grounded in the domestic here-and-now, these stories demonstrate that, sometimes, only outright surrealism can do justice to the merciless strangeness of reality, only the fantastically illogical can steel us against what ‘ordinary’ life threatens.


Adam Marek is one of the best things to have happened to the short story this century. His stories might be strange, delicious or haunting – but they’re always compelling. Any day now the word ‘Marekian’ is going to enter the language. Get in on the act early. Read him now. ”
- Alison MacLeod
The fragility of children is overwhelming in this collection. In stories beautiful and strange, Marek tries to build a kind of fortress against what would truly break us. This is writing as exorcism and prayer, words to dispel brutality and fate. ”
- David Vann
Such curious and inventive writing will not be restricted to any one theme, and The Stone Thrower is best viewed as a window on Marek’s distinctive imagination, in which the mundane waltzes with the macabre”
- The Financial Times
With his uncompromising economy of style, Marek's angle of approach may occasionally seem oblique, yet, like the elusive chicken-assassin, he hits the target every time”
- The Guardian