Urban Volcano is an independent (indie) publisher and an online collection—a magazine, if you like—of short stories, flash fiction and poetry by Börkur Sigurbjörnsson. Most of the content can be accessed for free online but in order to support the publication it is also available for sale as electronic books (eBooks) and paperbacks on major sites such as Amazon (including Kindle), Apple’s iBooks store and Kobo. Börkur’s writing is simultaneously available in English, Icelandic and Spanish.
Börkur is an avid storyteller with a keen eye for quirky characters, funny dialogs and vivid scenario descriptions. Much of his writing falls within the genre of realistic fiction and his stories are more often than not based on real events in the author’s life. Although the tales contain grains of truth, they are melded with fiction, making the reader curious to know the line between reality and fantasy.
Börkur was born in Reykjavík, Iceland in 1976, but for the past two decades his education and career has brought him all over the world with prolonged stays in Amsterdam, Barcelona, Düsseldorf and London. Börkur is a computer scientist by training and works in that trade, along with writing fiction.
Börkur’s debut literary publication was the short story collection 999 Abroad, published in 2012, where most stories tell a tail of an Icelander living abroad. In 2017, he published the flash fiction collection Flash 52, the result of a yearlong project of publishing an illustrated flash fiction every week. The short story collection Talk to Strangers is expected in early 2019. You can follow the author on Goodreads to stay up to date with the latest release