Queen's Ferry Press

The route is the same, but this narrative journey feels very different. As an imprint of Queen's Ferry Press, firthFORTH Books specializes in publishing fiction that immerses the reader at the narrowest, deepest point of passage.

Cover art by Siobhan McCusker:
(2006) path and prescience
$10.95
Beneath the Liquid Skin
Berit Ellingsen


Immerse yourself in what has long enraptured both the sensualist and the scientist—the natural world. Seismic in its permeable temporal and geographic states, Beneath the Liquid Skin examines humankind’s response to the environment: our pursuit of milder emotional, political, social, and cultural climes; our flight from ecological catastrophe; and our refuge in safer mythical domains. Although her habitat is exotic, Berit Ellingsen saturates—with humanistic and preternatural harmony—a remarkably vulnerable yet enduring surface.

The collection is reviewed in The Lit Pub, Metazen, Necessary Fiction, circles under streetlights, InDigest Magazine, PANK, and HTMLGIANT.

Video review by Peter Tieryas Liu

Berit Ellingsen is a Korean-Norwegian writer whose stories have appeared or will appear in SmokeLong Quarterly, elimae, Metazen, decomP, Unstuck, and other literary journals. Her novel, The Empty City, is a story about silence. Berit’s short story collection, Beneath the Liquid Skin, was published by firthFORTH Books in November 2012. That year one of her stories was nominated for the Pushcart Prize and another for the British Science Fiction Award. Find out more at beritellingsen.com.