How to Talk to Girls at Parties by Neil Gaiman

For those of us who feel like the world is constantly overflowing with a barrage of wonders and curiosities of inexplicable brilliance, this comic will make a lot of sense. It’s a charmingly clear example of what the ‘magic realism’ genre can stand for: an ordinary situation, with an ordinary protagonist, filled with extraordinary events

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Burning the Stubble by Steven John

We both go down on one knee in the perimeter of the field that grills under the August sun. You take an oily rag from your trouser pocket and, in a single jerk, tear it in two. You press both halves of the rag into the inch of tractor diesel I’ve carried from the barn

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EXIT EARTH Special Offer

To celebrate the upcoming release of HOPEFUL MONSTERS We are offering a whopping 60% off the paperback publication; EXIT EARTH  That’s 24 stories for only £4.99* *(R.R.P. £12.99. Postal charges apply) Simply click on the image below and take advantage of this limited time offer. Discount code will be applied at checkout prior to purchase.

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Thirteen Months of Sunrise by Rania Mamoun – translated from Arabic by Elizabeth Jaquette

This slim collection of short stories published by Comma Press is probably the first ever collection of short stories by a Sudanese woman to be translated into English. That ‘probably’ is telling: here is a literary culture so marginalised in the west that no one can say with complete certainty whether any similar books have

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The Meat Slicer by Michelle Blair Wilker

It was just a simple errand. A bizarre task that could have been accomplished in an afternoon while the sun loomed high, dangling like a burnt tangerine. But it was late, 10:15 by my watch and I hadn’t a clue where we were. The moon cast its spotlight across the Fiat’s rusted hood, which cracked

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The Cave by Marco Etheridge

He was stuck in a crack, wedged tight between walls of rough basalt. His body blocked the only access or egress to the cave. Beyond the entrance crack, a squeeze passage burrowed further into the mountain. The passage was possible as a belly crawl, head turned sideways; a birthing canal carved from rock. Three body

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There’s No Going Back to Absit Gorge by Scott J Moses

Deputy Alan Eichmann watches Mills die on the hardwood floor behind the front desk. Dial-tone humming from the phone dangling above the young man’s body. The snub-nose .38 still warm in Alan’s hand. He lived and died at his post, such a good policeman, Alan thinks, turning his standard issue Model 27 on the two

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Brightfall by Jaime Lee Moyer

Maid Marion lives in Sherwood Forest with her two children and a dragon. Robin left long ago to live in the Monastery. She uses herbs and alchemy to keep her family safe. She has news that there is mystery around a number of deaths, some close to her heart and Tuck has asked her to

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Finding a Way by Diane Simmons

I think it’s safe to say flash fiction collections are a somewhat rare commodity. And unless you’re immersed in the world of flash – both as a reader and writer – it can be difficult to find collections that truly explore the different ways in which flash can be done. Of course, you can stumble

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SHALLOW CREEK Special Offer

To celebrate the upcoming release of HOPEFUL MONSTERS We are offering a whopping 60% off the paperback publication; SHALLOW CREEK  That’s 21 stories for only £4.99* *(R.R.P. £12.99. Postal charges apply) Simply click on the image below and take advantage of this limited time offer. Discount code will be applied at checkout prior to purchase. Available

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