The Stone Thrower - ECW Press

The Stone Thrower

Marek, Adam

  • 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.

    At the core of Adam Marek’s much-anticipated second short story 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, that only the fantastically illogical can steel us against what ordinary life threatens.

    Bonus BackLit materials will include an interview and a list of Marek’s recommended books.

  • Adam Marekis an award-winning short story writer. He won the 2011 Arts Foundation Short Story Fellowship and was shortlisted for the inaugural Sunday Times EFG Short Story Award. His first story collection, Instruction Manual for Swallowing, was nominated for the Frank O’Connor Prize. Visit him online at
  • Published: April 2013

    ISBN: 9781770411425

    Dimensions: 5.5 x 8.5 in.

    Pages: 216


"Marek sinks his hooks into you within seconds . . . The stories are not just wild and engaging, but also a necessary way for the author to make sense of the world." — The Georgia Straight

"Throw away your preconceptions of the short story, because Adam Marek is single-handedly reviving the genre." — Scene Magazine