Short stories

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Welcome to M.H. Vesseur’s short story world. For you, he’ll speculate about the near future in the strangest stories, such as “In Snuff Park” and “Sketches of a Worldwide Christo And Jeanne-Claude”. After their initial publication in literary magazines, many of his stories are now available as books, such as “Allusions” (ebook and paperback) and “Burning Neil Armstrong” (ebook).

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You can find all links to the stores at the bottom of this page.

M.H. Vesseur writes short stories that can be categorized as speculative fiction. In this genre it is of course J.G. Ballard who has set the tone with his now famous works, such as “Crash” and “The Atrocity Exhibition”. His influence can be seen in M.H. Vesseur’s short stories, many of which have been published by literary magazines in The Netherlands, Belgium, Canada and the USA.

So what’s speculative fiction about? You decide. It’s not mainstream, not SF, not fantasy, it’s a genre all in its own right. J.G. Ballard called it “myths of the near future” and that sums it up. M.H. Vesseur’s stories are mainly about a future that is already beginning but remains to be completed. That can lead to the strangest results. Below are some examples.

“In Snuff Park”

The ultimate amusement park, Snuff Park, offers visitors an unforgettable vacation amidst executioners, guillotines and air disasters, and a night on death row. But in Snuff Park there’s more to the picture than meets the eye…

In Snuff Park is 2169 words of pure speculative fiction.

ORIGINAL REVIEW: “Take the story In Snuff Park by M.H. Vesseur. In a cinematographic structure the reader is offered a satirical view of the voyeuristic society of today. The approach is somewhat reminicent of Tarantino’s Pulp Fiction en could with a willing eye be compared to Vernon God Little. But it particularly excels because it is original and contemporary.” Matthijs Schiffers, Literary Magazine Lava, The Netherlands

“In the desert life and death are inexorable. So those who conceived Snuff Park could have found no better setting for their ideas than the desolation of this desert. Some eight million customers have already made the trip to this region, to visit the only amusement park in the world that has never needed to advertise. Through this gate young and old from all over the world enter fraternally for the experience of a lifetime. Those waiting in line wave their admission tickets, designed in the style of summonses from the federal court. Just a short wait and the gate of what has been called the world’s most exciting amusement park will swing open for everyone aged eighteen and over.” (From “In Snuff Park”.)

“Sketches of a Worldwide Christo And Jeanne-Claude”

This tribute to the artists Christo and Jeanne-Claude brings to life a work of art that appears to be changing the world in the most literal sense. When an imaginary work of art, the Sahara Tent, is erected in the Sahara Desert, nature quickly grabs the chance to change the landscape.

“Burning Neil Armstrong”

Nothing will stop the coming of the super economy. Not wars. Not poverty. Nothing and no one will stand in its way. Man’s own invention has long gone out of control and became an entity all on its own. In Burning Neil Armstrong, M.H. Vesseur describes the realization of the super economy and its extreme consequences in a way that can truly be called Ballardian—as in J.G. Ballard, the inventor of speculative fiction. Through the eyes of M.H. Vesseur you will witness the coming of an economy for the elite, and an economy that never sleeps. What this could ultimately mean, becomes clear at the very end, when even our memory of the first man on the moon lies under attack and history is about to be changed forever.

“Narcissist Guru”

We all remember fondly the Narcissist Guru, one of our century’s most controversial men, who claimed to have found a way to realize a perfect world and who is, in a way, still with us. This short story by M.H. Vesseur has been published before in a literary magazine for obvious reasons: his surreal style, reminiscent of the world of master speculative fiction author J.G. Ballard, takes the reader beyond the limits of the language. If the Narcissist Guru defies any description of his unique life, M.H. Vesseur’s description is possibly the closest you will ever get to understanding this phenomenon.

You can read some of M.H. Vesseur’s short stories as Kindle ebooks — check out M.H. Vesseur’s Amazon Author Page — or in the collection “Allusions”. It contains the short stories “In Snuff Park”, “Babyface Junkie”, “Narcissist Guru”, “Territory Games”, “Sketches of a Worldwide Christo And Jeanne-Claude” and “Beloved Stalker”.

“Burning Neil Armstrong” in the stores:

Apple iBooks ISBN 978-94-91908-20-0
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Amazon Kindle ebook ISBN 978-94-91908-21-7
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Ebook on Kobo and affiliates ISBN 978-94-91908-20-0
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Also available in all other Kobo regions worldwide! You may be automatically redirected to your local Kobo (affiliated) store.

“Allusions” in the stores:

Apple iBooks ISBN 978-94-91908-11-8
iBook (English)
iBook (Dutch)

Amazon Kindle ebook ISBN 978-94-91908-10-1
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Paperback on Amazon ISBN 978-94-91908-09-5
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Ebook on Kobo and affiliates ISBN 978-94-91908-15-6
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Also available in all other Kobo regions worldwide! You may be automatically redirected to your local Kobo (affiliated) store.

Read an excerpt from “Babyface Junkie” or an excerpt from “Sketches of a Worldwide Christo and Jeanne-Claude”, or read the preface.

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