Category: Fiction

FICTION: Jailbait by Caspar Vega

We pull into the motel parking lot a little after nine in the morning. I park the old black pick-up a few spaces from the door to the front desk. My trusty first generation Chevy. I’ve come close to selling it so many times but never did. Thank god I didn’t. I love that car.

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FICTION: What Are Friends For by Ajay Patri

‘I’m scared,’ David whispered. We were in the elevator as it hurtled towards the ground and the small crowd of children that we knew were waiting for us outside the apartment. His eyes refused to look me at as they remained fixated on the orange numbers that blinked on the cracked display. I could tell

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FICTION: Mrs Webber by Daniel Soule

The sun is a memory that wakes me every morning, a child with an eye at the crack of the door to see if I am awake. But it is spring so it is not too early, and my aching knee would wake me anyway.The nights can be long and uncomfortable, but I always get

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FICTION: Earth Hour by Tomas Marcantonio

Earth Hour, they’re calling it. Pathetic. They think an hour without electricity will save them from global warming and their guilty consciences. Wrong again. The nightly hour of darkness begins tonight, eleven sharp, and as usual I’ll be one step ahead of everyone else. I know exactly how it’s going to go down. The sheep

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BOOK REVIEW: Blackout by Marc Elsberg

Blackout is one of the few books I’ve read in the last couple of years that lives up to the word “thriller”. Originally released in Germany, and a best-seller of over 1,000,000 copies, Blackout has finally been translated into English (by Marshall Yarbrough) and is being published by Black Swan Press. Full throttle from the

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FICTION: DAO by Steve Easterbrook

Shane was a DAO (Deceased Affairs Officer) working the Stockport area and, like most people, had fallen into his job shortly after school, abetted by a lack of qualification or self-knowledge to encourage active choice. He took comfort from the fact that its poor pay and prospects were compensated by being largely out ‘in the

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BOOK REVIEW: Norse Mythology By Neil Gaiman

Neil Gaiman’s new book Norse Mythology is a retelling of many of the classic stories of the pantheon of Norse gods. One might ask, why? Why bother with old stories of forgotten gods. Well, dear reader, apart from the obvious answer, which is why not? The answer is that they are quite important, culturally speaking,

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FICTION: The Drowning of Corporal Blake by Peter Haynes

  1. The Lesser Part In a dirty little hole, in the aftermath of a brutal skirmish no-one will remember, we suck down heavy charnel airs still echoing with the tattoo of thudding impacts swallowed in mud. With the day’s fun and games killing the enemy concluded, the lottery is called. The first time is

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INTERVIEW: Christa Wojciechowski

Christa Wojciechowski Christa (Wojo) Wojciechowski is the author of The Wrong David, Sick, and is working on a series called The Sculptor of New Hope. Her characters explore existential turmoil, mental illness, and the complexity of romantic love. She uses her stories to compare the dark, carnal nature of humanity with its higher qualities of

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BOOK REVIEW: Anansi Boys by Neil Gaiman

At the start of last year, I read American God’s by Neil Gaiman. At the start of this year I read his Anansi Boys. It’s not a tradition or anything. Things sometimes just happen in patterns, or perhaps the mind does strange things without you noticing. I’ve now read all of Mr Gainman’s novels, for

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