Short Story: “The Rental Heart” by Kirsty Logan

Short Story: “The Rental Heart” by Kirsty Logan

The day after I met Grace – her pierced little mouth, her shitkicker boots, her hands as small as goosebumps writing numbers on my palm. The day after I met her, I went to the heart rental place.

Kirsty Logan

Litro Lab this week features an unsettling fantasy tale of clockwork love by the talented short story writer Kirsty Logan. I’ve been a fan of Kirsty’s weird, funny, sharp writing since I came across this story, called ‘The Rental Heart‘, in Salt Publishing’s Best British Short Stories 2011, so it’s a pleasure to feature her work on the podcast.

Kirsty is 28 and lives in Glasgow. As a fiction writer, her work has been widely published in print and online, recorded for radio and podcasts, and exhibited in galleries. Her short stories have been published in over 80 journals and literary magazines, and broadcast on BBC Radio 4.

As a journalist, Kirsty is the literary editor of The List, and also co-edits flash fiction magazine Fractured West.

She is currently working on her first novel, Rust and Stardust, and a short story collection, The Rental Heart and Other Fairytales, which she says can be summed up in the three words: “dark sex magic”, very much in keeping with Litro’s magical theme this month.

Lizzie Roper

You can find out more about Kirsty and her writing at ‘The Rental Heart’ is read by actor Lizzie Roper.

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Emily Cleaver

About Emily Cleaver

Emily Cleaver is Litro's Online Editor. She is passionate about short stories and writes, reads and reviews them. Her own stories have been published in the London Lies anthology from Arachne Press, Paraxis, .Cent, The Mechanics’ Institute Review, One Eye Grey, and Smoke magazines, performed to audiences at Liars League, Stand Up Tragedy, WritLOUD, Tales of the Decongested and Spark London and broadcasted on Resonance FM and Pagan Radio. As a former manager of one of London’s oldest second-hand bookshops, she also blogs about old and obscure books. You can read her tiny true dramas about working in a secondhand bookshop at and see more of her writing at

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