One the lookout for a good read? A quick read? A short dive into another imaginary world? The first volume of our 52 Serial Shorts collection of weird and wonderful short stories is now available.

Tatiana de Rosnay, Didier Van Cauwelaert, Yann Queffélec, Daniel Picouly, Christine Orban, Irène Frain, and Harold Cobert got together to play a collaborative writing game called “cadavres exquis” (“delicious corpses”). One started a story and passed it on until all the authors had contributed. The resulting seven-author stories are sometimes strange, always very clever, and a real study in writing skill.

Tatiana de Rosnay said this writing experience left her a “marvelous memory.” Didier Van Cauwelaert described it as a “sweet nightmare.” Harold Cobert used the word “jubilation.” Christine Orban compared it “playful dancing.”

Each volume contains four stories. You can get the first volume by clicking below. It will take you to a cool showcase, where you can buy them directly from us. You can also link to other platforms if you prefer.

While I was translating these stories, I enjoyed these writers’ imaginations, how they so effectively create situations with astute choices of detail and potent dialogue. At the same time, you clearly see a meta-conversation going on among them.

Tatiana de Rosnay, who writes in English as well as French, also says that she is “very impressed” by the translation, which “is really excellent and completely sticks to our texts.”