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Only The Broken Remain by Dan Coxon

A celebration of the sinister that welcomes darkness, Only the Broken Remain is a gripping collection that turns the every day on its head. Taking inspiration from folklore images and fairytales, Coxon has produced a selection of tantalising short stories that leave us itching for answers, a quick glimpse into this maddening world. In Only

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The Road by Cormac McCarthy – Folio Society Edition

‘The Road‘ by Cormac McCarthy is a masterpiece, a post-apocalyptic nightmare of a novel that paints a searing portrait of bleakness in the readers mind, and showcases the sheer brilliance that is McCarthy and his unapologetically desolate prose. McCarthy is one of those writers that split the reading public, his works are usually raw, bleak

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Anger is an Acid by Michael Clark

“Anger is an acid that can do more harm to the vessel in which it is stored than to anything on which it is poured.” Mark Twain This quote is found in this book and it’s a tone setter for the whole franchise – a quote which conjures up the thematic elements of all that’s

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Cradleland of Parasites by Sara Tantlinger – A Well Read Beard Review

Well Read Beard reviews Sara Tantlinger’s ‘Cradleland of Parasites’ – a collection of plague poetry, perfect reading for the times we’re in… once you’ve watched it, go out and pick it up you won’t be disappointed! Don’t forget to subscribe to The Beard! Unlike many other Arts & Entertainment Magazines, STORGY is not Arts Council funded or

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Radio Life by Derek B. Miller

In a post-apocalyptic USA, sometime in the 25th century, the scattered remnants of humanity have formed themselves into several small communities. There is ‘The Commonwealth,’ a highly-organised and sophisticated group, who live in a Stadium on the edge of the desert, clinging to the remnants of old technology. They’re a society organised around a mission:

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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

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Memorial by Bryan Washington

Lot by Bryan Washington was my book of the year in 2019 and you can read that review here and I have been eagerly awaiting his novel Memorial for some time, staring wide eyed with delight at the announcements as they etched closer to a release date – and then the day was finally here,

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Wagon Buddy by Steve Stred

Check out our review of Wagon Buddy by Steve Stred below. Wagon Buddy is available here. Steve Stred Steve Stred writes dark, bleak horror fiction. Steve is the author of two novels, four novellas, two short story collections as well as two poetry/drabble collections. Steve has had works featured in 100 Word Zombie Bites, 100

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Lightseekers by Femi Kayode

Here’s an interesting premise for a thriller: three students are brutally attacked and lynched by a mob in the Nigerian university town of Okriki. Everybody knows who did it – the whole thing was captured on social media – but nobody knows why. Dr Philip Taiwo, a psychologist and expert on the behaviour of crowds,

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Afterlives by Abdulrazak Gurnah

Informative and necessary, Abdulrazak Gurnah uses stripped back prose to tell the stories of Hamza, Ilyas and Afiya in his insightful new novel, Afterlives. It’s a satisfying linear tale, and one that doesn’t need any literary embellishments to bring the narrative to life. Gurnah takes us through the lives of his characters in a simple, effective

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