Beneath Their Feet by Ken Frape

Ragged undulations and watery craters define the pockmarked contours of the monster that is no man’s land. It quivers beneath its frost-hardened carapace of soil, scattered body parts and crusted blood, punctured by the ragged quills of the splintered treeline.  It is ravening, insatiable and will swallow, without trace, friend or foe alike. But for

Continue reading

Quiet Reading by Bradford Clark

Grenth Enterprise Academy Mr. Jackson’s Classroom (2nd floor) Tutor Time—14:45-15:05 Tuesday: Quiet Reading -a thin girl, some would call her pale, but people don’t tend to say that about students so well-endowed in PE even if it’s true. It’s not just that is the thing. Endowed, well, in just about every scholastic or athletic endeavour

Continue reading

Ruby by Nina Allan

As the tales of Ruby progress, one thing soon becomes apparent – this world is not as it first appears. Author Nina Allan pulls us down a rabbit hotel of intense possibilities, warping the narratives into bizarre, absorbing, stories in this beautifully written collection. Allan takes us a journey through opposing times, places, and genres,

Continue reading

Fiction Addict by Betty Moffett

Life was good:  Domestic arrangement pleasant; kids and grandkids (for the moment) unworrisome; sky bright blue, wind zero.  All of which was making her tense and restless.  She knew the problem: She was addicted to fiction.  She had been a compulsive reader from an early age, when she’d learned that if Nancy Drew and her

Continue reading

The New Abject by various

Comma Press bring us a new collection of horror with ‘The New Abject’ and being such a fan and supporter of their first outing ‘The New Uncanny’ I for one couldn’t wait to get tucked into this offering. They have a few writers returning to the fold and have also added some stunning writers to

Continue reading

A Supermarket Moment by Jennifer Reichow

We all inch forward and wait.  Inch forward and wait. The woman checking out, her face puckers up in baby face rage because of… oh god, who knows?  I can’t tell from 6 people back.  Something trivial, no doubt. For fun, I look in the surrounding carts.  Oh, dear. Condoms and peanut butter? Wow, I

Continue reading

Exeat by Catherine Wilkinson

Ruminating vows and resolutions, Ludo packs his rucksack. He is going to lie. Even to himself. Whether the latter is possible, and not delusional, is, he decides, a fascinating philosophical question, and in his case the answer is, or will be, ‘yes’. But until the initiation of this trip, he had seemed genetically incapable of

Continue reading

Having and Being Had by Eula Biss

Brutally honest and illuminating, Having and Being Had by Eula Biss is the book we should all be reading, now more than ever. Described as a collection of short, interlinked essays, Biss’ dives into work, possessions, and art are shrewd, funny and yet alarmingly insightful. By aligning these topics with her experiences, Biss acknowledges her

Continue reading

The Letter “H” by John Sheirer

Michael felt like a cliché as he sat alone at the counter of a 24-hour diner. The time of night could best be described with the military designation, “oh-dark.” The only other people in the place were a waitress and two late-middle-aged women huddled close together in a corner booth. Michael didn’t usually drink coffee

Continue reading

Of Foster Homes and Flies by Chad Lutzke

Of Foster Homes and Flies is a Pandora’s Box of emotions; love, loss, despair, fear, abuse, hope, desire and transformation. Once you lift that lid (or cover in this situation) you can’t put those feelings back, however hard you try! It’s a book that explores the darkness of growing up in a house devoid of

Continue reading