Jess is a Wulfrunian in London. She likes her words and
worlds a little weird.
Her writing has evoked comments such
as 'fierce and compassionate' from editors and 'I just don't get it' from loved
New to creative fiction in Autumn 2019, Jess's work has been nominated for the Pushcart Prize '19, the Sundress Press 'Best of the Net' 2020, and selected for the BIFFY50 19-20.
Her short and very short stories often centre a queering of gender and sexuality, intertextuality, and a nod to speculative fiction/magic realism. Because damn, that's all great fun.
As a reader and reviewer she shows her love with margin-scrawl, folded corners, cracked spines, and coffee-rings.
With thanks to the editors of these wonderful magazines for their support:
The Ninth Run - short story in Storgy Annihilation Radiation anthology (selected from the AR short story competition)
Few things bring as much joy as an ARC. Currently reviewing new fiction for Lunate, with a preference for independent presses, new
voices, and/or literature in translation. If tempted to purchase any of the following, support your local indie.
Terminal Boredom by Isumi Szuki (Verso) Forthcoming | Dryland by Sarah Jaffe (Cipher Press) | The Prophets by Robert Jones Jr (Riverrun) | There's No Such Thing as an Easy Job by Kikuko Tsumura, Translated by Polly Barton (Bloomsbury) | Boy Parts
by Eliza Clark (Influx Press) with
Author Interview | The Night of the Flood by Zoë
Somerville (Head of Zeus) | Love Orange by Natasha
Randall (Riverrun) | Piranesi by Susanna Clarke (Bloomsbury)
With thanks to all in the literary community who have provided a platform, publicity, encouragement, and inspiration.
"I was immediately taken with [Space Raiders] when I read it for the first time, but I wanted to make sure that I wasn’t falling for an unusual structure…. I read it and re-read it and it still pinged something inside me each time. And it is the words as much as the structure…. It’s bitter while also nostalgic and it just spoke to me."
Gaynor Jones, Author and Judge, Retreat West Quarterly 'Abandoned' 2020 on 'Space Raiders' (nominated for Best of the Net 2020)
“… the key signatures of Jess’s writing: precision character creation; impossibly efficient storytelling .....the most elegant prose. …. Every sentence brims with sensory examination. The language is effortlessly advanced. But it is how it pulls the rug to engage with — it seems — another world entirely, that offers the reader the most satisfying jolt. Like the best work of Alan Garner, there is a thick seam of folk magic shining through the apparently humdrum setting. A genuine tour-de-force."- Lunate on 'First of the Mad Notions' (Lunate500 Shortlist)
© Jess Moody 2020