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Short Story Collection

Ships to arrive on publication date: 2nd December 2024


‘The hairs are always buried much deeper than you think.’

Where the natural collides with the supernatural, these vivid stories situate us at the permeable border between fantastical and mundane.

A teenage swimmer tries to remove an ingrown hair that takes on a life of its own. A town grapples with an uncontrollable growth of moss. A horror soundtrack haunts its composer.

Testing the boundary between fantasy and reality, Oliver stretches the imagination to its limits in a collection which places the physical body, human connection and the truth at its centre.

These tales navigate guilt, grief and explore the nature of victimhood. Oliver’s honest voice penetrates human truths while ghosting narratives with the uncanny.

Journey to the outer limits of bodily awareness as characters dive deep to confront their truth.


  • A much-anticipated second collection following the best-seller 'I Wanted to be Close to You,' which challenges the boundary between the natural and supernatural.
  • Comparable to the works of 'Life Ceremony' by Sakaya Murata and 'The Dangers of Smoking in Bed' by Mariana Enriquez
  • With stories that explore themes of death and suicide, the nature of victimhood after sexual assault, and individuals seeking to uncover profound truths about themselves, this expansive collection addresses issues both timely and timeless.
  • This is a book for those who know their bodies as both familiar landscapes and uncharted territories, at once grounded in physicality and drifting into dream, as they navigate the complexities of self-discovery.

Ingrown by Katie Oliver

Will ship in publication month December 2024

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