Category: Fiction

BOOK REVIEW: Flesh and Bone and Water By Luiza Sauma

‘Flesh and Bone and Water’ is the debut novel from Brazilian born journalist and short story writer Luiza Sauma; who was later raised in London. One would be foolish not to notice the links between her own transition to the UK to that of her main character; which I feel helps get the passion and

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FICTION: Motions of A Vertical Kind by C. Gregory Thompson

A kick. That’s how it started. Charlie Everett slept a deep, snoring slumber. Ten minutes before his alarm went off: thump—a light kick in the stomach. A second stronger one woke him right up: kick-thump-thump. He threw off the covers and looked at his belly—now three times the size it was when he went to

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BOOK REVIEW: Carnivalesque By Neil Jordan

‘To Andy and his parents, it looks like any other carnival: creaking ghost train, rusty rollercoaster and circus performers. But of course it isn’t. Drawn to the hall of mirrors, and enters and is hypnotised by the many selves staring back at him. Sometime later, one of those selves walks out and re-joins his parents

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FICTION: Bad Things Happen to Good People and the Rest Get Ham Sandwiches by Joshua Smith

I press my pen down against the paper again and grind the fresh tip aimlessly into a dull nub, as the noises of the mundane curdle my mind to soup.The traffic groans by on the street beyond my room, and the old radiator clicks like echolocation. I feel a sharp, painful twang in my teeth

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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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