As a writer, my focus is on the absurd, the grotesque, etc. within the short story format. In doing so, it is essential to create a surreal and otherworldly atmosphere. One method is the "less is more" approach, to create an impression through the elements you're excluding. I do the following: When it comes to setting, I don't name the location the story occurs in, instead referring to it simply as the "town" "city" "village" etc. as the case may be. I don't name the time of its' occurrence either (no years, decades, centuries etc.) and describe the technology obliquely, so it is unclear when the story takes place. As for characters, I never give them proper names but instead refer to them by their familial and occupational titles (i.e. "father" "toll-keeper" "shop-keep" "sister" etc.) I always write in the first person and never name the narrator, identifying him simply as "I". I never write dialogue but instead describe it secondhand. Instead of writing out an argument between two characters, I write something like "We exchanged words, harshly and bitterly, before storming in opposite directions." When it comes to staging and action, I present space and time obliquely. Instead of stating exact measurements of either, I keep my language vague and imprecise ("The tower was a great distance away, and so a great distance I drove.") When describing the appearance of things, I often don't state their names but instead break them down to their constituent parts and describe those so the reader knows what it is. For instance, instead of writing a "skyscraper" I write "a tall form, rectangular and metallic, penetrated the sky." Although this is purely a matter of style (substance is another story, no pun intended) I feel it effective in giving stories a disconnected, dream-like quality, one that is "denser" and more alienating than normal reality. Does anyone on here use the same techniques, or know of any well known writer who does?