Kelly reads “The Hortlak”

Tue 31 Oct 2006 - Filed under: Not a Journal., , | 1 Comment | Posted by: Gavin

KQED just posted a downloadable mp3 of Kelly reading one of her favorite stories to read, “The Hortlak“, on The Writers’ Block:

Kelly Link reads “The Hortlak,” from her short story collection Magic for Beginners. “The Hortlak” is a Turkish word, meaning revenant, or ghost. Eric and Batu work at the All Night Convenience store across the road from the Ausible Chasm, at the bottom of which lies a vast zombie city. Zombies stop in at the All Night on their way to the chasm. Are Eric and Batu part of some kind of “new retail” experiment designed to study the shopping habits of zombies? Will Eric ever get the nerve to talk to Charley, the woman who works at the local SPCA putting dogs to sleep?

“The Hortlak” was first published in Ellen Datlow’s ghost story anthology The Dark. Most recently it’s been translated into Japanese by Motoyuki Shibata for an anthology of recent fiction by American writers.

That city, still burning.


One Response to “Kelly reads “The Hortlak””

  1. Kelly Link Reads “The Hortlak” – TeenAngster on December 20th, 2010 8:05 am

    […] I hope you enjoy Kelly’s work. She’s on of my favorite¬†writers. Feel free to download the podcast here. […]

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