Curio Fiction: Showcasing the Fantastic in Our World

Diane Callahan
25 min readMay 15
The phrase Curio Fiction overlapped on a background of books

There’s a particular subgenre of speculative fiction that scratches an itch for me like no other. It’s where you find yourself in a world very much like our own, except one thing is slightly…off. Perhaps there’s a movie theater that plays only memories, or the story centers on a child who learns the language of cats. Or in this familiar-yet-unfamiliar world, everyone wears electronic bracelets that…