This anthology collects for the first time Rhys
Hughes’ fantastical love stories.
What is a fantastical love story? It isn’t quite the
same as an ordinary love story. The events that take place are stranger, more
extreme, full of the passion of originality, invention and magic, as well as an
intensification of emotional love. Also, the voice that tells them has rather a
different tone to a conventional romantic narrator.
The stories in Salty
Kiss Island are set in this world and others, spanning the spectrum of
possible and impossible experiences, the uncharted territories of yearning, the
depths and shoals of the heart, mind and soul. They are adventure yarns,
whimsies and comedies, tragedies and paradoxes. They are melancholy, gleeful,
philosophic or mystical. A love of language runs through them, parallel to the
love that motivates their characters to feats of preposterous heroism, luminous
lunacy and grandiose gesture. They include tales of minstrels and their catastrophic
serenades, dreamers sinking into sequences of ever-deeper dreams, goddesses and
mermaids, sailors and devils, messages in bottles that can think and speak but
never be read, shadows with an independent life and voyagers of distant
galaxies who are already at their destinations before they arrive.