Category: Arts & Culture

KICKSTARTER: SHALLOW CREEK

Well hello, my little pineapple frittata – allow me to introduce myself…my name is Mallum Colt, proprietor of Colt’s Curiosity Corner, located smack bang in the middle of Shallow Creek. With Halloween still lingering in people’s minds, STORGY Books wants to celebrate all things eerie by publishing an anthology of dark fantasy and horror fiction

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GAMING: Dark Age of Camelot: My Conversation with a Knight

Honor your enemies because they bring the very best out of you. An old philosopher said something along those lines and it holds true today in the virtual world of Dark Age of Camelot where the three faction conflict between the realms of Hibernia, Midgard and Albion entered its 17th year this October. But the

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NON-FICTION: The Maria Hertogh Case; A Cautionary Episode from Colonial Singapore by James Aitchison

To paraphrase W. S. Gilbert, the Muslim’s lot is not a happy one.  Nothing is guaranteed to quicken the pulse more than a negative Muslim headline.  But before we rush to condemn or condone the Muslims, the news media, or Western culture at large, an historical perspective exists to give cause for reflection.  If nothing

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FICTION: Anatomy of a Musician by A.L. Kersel

The Institute is prestigious and stretches skywards accordingly, white walls and grey slate against pebbles and shorn grass, on one side a bramble twist of bracken, on the other, the sea. I have a whistle, humming low and sweet under my breath, and I have a bodhran, skin stretched taught to be pattered by hand

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Shallow Creek: The Shortlist

We are pleased to announce the short list for the SHALLOW CREEK Short Story competition Arguments were plentiful…much beer was consumed. In the end, the STORGY crew spent hours debating the merits, technical prowess, originality and creativity of each story and were finally able to agree on the short list for the Shallow Creek competition.

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NON-FICTION: The Instinct of a Church Mouse by Devin Lane Welch

We stole our first vehicle at fourteen. It was our grandfather’s ’94 Chevy pickup, and Pete and I took it every night that summer without license and without permission. We’d cruise the suburbs, sometimes meeting up with girls down the road or to grab milkshakes at the 24-hour drive-thru. Anything we could think of really,

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NON-FICTION: A Life Like Everybody Else’s by Christine A. Brooks

Once upon a time, a young girl, skinnier than most, plucked clay pigeons off the ground of a mostly empty rifle range while her father poured himself another beer at the lodge down the hill, just out of sight. As the brisk wind turned her spindly arms to chicken skin, she wished for a life

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Disturbing The Beast: Weird Fiction by Women

Do you like speculative fiction? How about an anthology that explores lesser talked about female centred topics including sexual abuse, pregnancy issues and body image? If the answer is a resunding yes (and why wouldn’t it be?) Boudicca Press is keen to unearth these subjects in a healthy and respectful way, something that they and STORGY

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FILM REVIEW: Mad to be Normal

I’ll be honest: I’d never heard of the controversial and rebel psychologist R.D. Laing until I’d watched Mad to be Normal, a counterculture icon who attracted an almost cult-like following among the young and impressionable during the swinging sixties, but I wonder if first-time writer/director Robert Mullan, author of several books based the psychiatrist, paints the

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GUEST POST – STORGY KIDS: Interview with Chris Riddell

Chris Riddell, the 2015-2017 UK Children’s Laureate, is an accomplished artist and the political cartoonist for the Observer. He has enjoyed great acclaim for his books for children. His books have won a number of major prizes, including the 2001, 2004 and 2016 CILIP Kate Greenaway Medals. Goth Girl and the Ghost of a Mouse won the Costa

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