Category: Fiction

FICTION: John the Squinter  by David Oakley

Palu: Sulawesi July 12th. 2006                                                                                                                               Early morning. I found the boy yesterday. Even now, still jet-lagged, listening to the seabirds chanting their raucous aubade as the tired tropical sun heaves its bulk out of the horizon – even now, I can hardly comprehend it. Perhaps his recollection was embellished by a desire to please,

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FICTION: Mother Knows Best by Abigail Seltzer

She will present me with a thin sheaf of paper after hinting at its existence for days. She will read it over my shoulder until I tell her to stop, and while I read, she will watch my every move. Her smirk will tell me that, like all novices, she secretly thinks she’s produced a

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FICTION: Superhero Wasteland by Sebastian Collier

The Heights, a decayed pastel decorated modern lined apartment building belching ice cream vomit against the sun drenched blue sky, while milk candy floss clouds float daubs of paint above a row of stack chimneys. This quirky novelty can be found encapsulated on street vendor racks sold daily as tourist postcards exhibiting Art Deco history.

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FICTION: The New Dog Is Not The Same As The Old Dog by Hannah Persaud

Louise the health visitor is coming today so I need to spruce myself up. She comes once a week on a Monday at midday, has done for a year. Today is her last visit, though she doesn’t know it yet. In the shower I scrub my body with the loofah mitt until it burns, singing

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FICTION: The Sinner by Derek Andersen

I. The great martyrs of old tower over Pete, shimmering in the kaleidoscopic glow of stained glass. Resolutely, they hold their stoic gazes, even as the beat of time ripples and cracks their abounding robes. Each has been entrusted with a divine duty. One counts beads with the bowel-wrenching concentration of a Fields Medalist. One

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FICTION: No Good Deed by Jake Kendall

Barry used the private moment to check his smile against his reflection: warm, genuine, kind-hearted – he was almost there. An old woman opened the door. Her face suggested that she was not expecting company. Her confusion was left unclarified by recognition of Barry’s face. They both lived in the village and so they knew

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FICTION: Untitled: (Self Portrait with Blood) by Cathleen Davies

Mary couldn’t feel the cold, though her sister complained it was freezing. Perhaps she was warm from all the love and generosity. More likely, it was all the jumpers she’d nicked. The year was creeping into October, and while the sky was bright and the air fresh, biting chills were starting to take effect. According

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FICTION: Youthful Surveillance by Daniel Parker

9th October 2002 – Mum made us watch Neighbours again today; I mean the TV show by the way, not the Chapmans, or the Wallaces, or that old woman at number six with all the cats. I’ve decided that Australia is my mum’s addiction, whenever the show is on the telly she always tries to

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FICTION: The Foreign Gentleman by Kate Tyte

The residents of Mrs Craddock’s seaside boarding house all agreed that the gentleman lately installed in room 13 was a foreigner. This much was obvious for he spoke no English, was very brown and had peculiar habits. Mrs May complained that he always passed too close to her on the stairs, which put her in

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FICTION: A Thing Made of Teeth by LC Elliott

I was working late in the library translating an old manuscript when the blackouts first rolled in. The sharp-scented musk of ancient books has always made me feel at home, and in the subterranean stacks it’s easy to imagine yourself elsewhere. The brittle pages of the Aesopica crackled beneath my white-gloved hands, and the dim

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