Tag: Literature

FICTION: A Terminal Christmas by Phil Charter

A terminal Christmas in an unknown city Wishing you had more than baggage to reclaim The queues are comprised of furrowed brows And the tickets invalid for the date today. Thinly veiled fury, of a passenger mob Looking for somewhere to place the blame In an airport terminal at Christmas time Nobody knows your name.

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FICTION: Who Doesn’t Like Us? by Michael Lawlor

The first person I ever got drunk with was my best friend, Vinnie Shaw, at fourteen years of age. There was little to do in our town so we tried things early. Prior to this event, I was less a boy my age than a monk in seclusion, my evenings after school made up of

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BOOK REVIEW: The Dark Place by Michael Bray

Michael Bray is making a name for himself in the world of horror and with good reason. He writes with the kind of fury a young Stephen King wrote with, a restless pace to his work that propels the reader on. It’s rather hard to identify how he achieves this pace: whether it’s economical style,

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FICTION: Room 6 by Dominic Vale

This house is a part of a long red-brick terrace. I know that the street has a slight bend in it and that from my front door I can’t see the end. It’s an old house, and the inside of it can get confusing. I think it might be falling down but I can’t remember

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FILM REVIEW: La La Land

“Here’s to the ones who dream, Foolish as they may seem.” The world presented in La La Land is one of beautiful surrealism and reflecting “what if’s”, where the outstretched hands of the talented struggle to grasp onto the future they’ve long been hoping for. Mia (Emma Stone) is an on-studio barista who, by no

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FICTION: Hobby by Paul Wooldridge

He clears the debris. He pushes the shards of wood onto the floor and sweeps them to one side, adding them to the pile in the corner. He holds the broom tentatively. Spots of blood expand across his bandage, turning it from white to sodden red. Once cleared, he applies fresh gauze to his hand

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BOOK REVIEW: The Hanging Tree by Ben Aaronovitch

Writers of long-running series at a certain point face a choice, expand their universe or continue to focus only on what the fans liked in the past. Thankfully, The Hanging Tree, the sixth of Ben Aaronovitch’s best-selling Rivers of London novels, goes for the latter option. For those unfamiliar with the series, it can best

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FICTION: Balls by Cornelius Fitz

Dead, she lived on a while yet, in the question mark curl of a pube, glued to a miniature bar of soap, some jasmine-scented hotel freebie now cracked through disuse, a debauched monument to who we once were, cowering by the mould-blackened tile grouting on the side of the bath. It was certainly hers, this

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BOOK REVIEW: Welcome to Lagos By Chibundu Onuzo

Welcome and Welcome to Lagos is an enjoyable trip to a destination that is known for its rife corruption, bustling and chaotic city life and quite importantly bent officials. My personal views of Lagos in Nigeria seems to have been stained by the many articles that appear that discuss officials put in place to govern

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FICTION: Come With Me by Elena Shalneva

She never knew his name. But she remembered the rest, vividly. Her obsession with the man who, as she would conclude decades later, had been the most enduring presence of her life, was such that, one night, walking past his office door and suddenly overwhelmed by tenderness and despair, she pressed her lips against the

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