“If you’re into books as artifacts, you really can’t go past this one. Small and pink, it’s like a treasure washed up by the ocean, tangled amidst shells, seaweed and driftwood, carried onto land by a moonlit tide. The size of the book was what encouraged me to select it for last week’s train travel reading. I go to the gym before work so am always lugging a bag of clothing with me, meaning I tend to choose physically smaller books if I can help it. I’d read two of the stories before — I published one of them in Agog! Terrific Tales. All but one of Marianne’s Glitter Rose stories are set on the fantastical Carmine Island, a place infected by mysterious spores which alter people in sinister ways.
My one criticism of the book is that I’d have liked it to be a novel. I wanted to spend more time with these people.”