Tag: Short story

FICTION: Kids Today by Probert Dean

I hate visiting Nana. All she ever talks about is the past. She’s so miserable that she’s actually become a depressant, and infects those around her with the same affliction. I’m glad I only have to see her once a week, since we put her in the virtual nursing home. I dread to think what

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FICTION: Paul by C.R. Berry

November 9th 1966 Sixty-five. Seventy. Seventy-five. Alyson Ramirez’s foot hit the floor and her 1964 Ford Cortina screamed, straining for speeds it wasn’t used to. She felt the deep shudder that rose from the core of the car grind against her foot, palms and fingers through the accelerator and steering wheel. But she had to

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FICTION: Underneath the Mango Tree by Rajeena Holland

I am eight.  I remember the heat, thick, and syrupy, sticking to my skin.  The sky is so bright it glares at me – as though a piece of skin has been stretched thin and pulled across the Indian hemisphere.  I squint up to the sun.  The sun is much bigger here than it is

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FICTION: Emo Girl by Alex Grasham

18:13. Old guy rocks up. He’s usually here before me. Wearing a flat-cap tonight. Hard to tell what colour. Not black or blue. You can make out those colours in the dark. Maybe an oak-leaf green or a charcoal grey. It hides his white hair well. I clocked his old hands once, on the way home. They

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FICTION: A Fun Thing To Do by Jamie Thunder

In the bedroom, Garrett was doing sit-ups while holding a magazine, and telling Amber why he couldn’t possibly come with her to the protest. “It’s not as if there’ll be no libraries left,” he said without breaking rhythm. He only spoke at the peak of each curl, so his words came in gasps of two

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BOOK REVIEW: Fates of the Animals by Padrika Tarrant

This collection came very highly recommended; I was a huge fan of her work from previously reading her collection ‘Broken Things’ and her fiction novel ‘The Knife Drawer’ both of which I would recommend you popping to the shop and purchasing…along with ‘Fates of the Animals’. When opening the book and fingering my way through

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FICTION: Soul Machina by Joseph Sale

I must find The Machine. Darkness and prisons. The gargoyle of modern architecture turned inside out so that it enfolds me. I’m running through thickets of barbed wire, searching laser lights and glowing alarms like wolf eyes. Deeper and deeper winding down to some cosmic and infernal core. The belch of fumes from a gut.

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FICTION: The Champ by Michael Prime

Marion Murdock; World Champion boxer best remembered for fatally defeating an opponent in 1962,executed his drills in the Emile Griffith Memorial Gym, the heavens outside unleashing untold chaos and confusion in the busy streets of Brooklyn. The dense air clung to the ceiling of the gym, small glimmers of light spilling down in the sweltering

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FICTION: Too Big For The Small Press by Michael Marrotti

It’s funny how life works out. After four excruciating years in the small press scene, I was famous. A living, breathing overnight sensation. What’s even funnier is, I can’t attribute my writing to the fame. It was a complete denigration of the art form that awarded me the accolades. You’re shaking your head in disbelief,

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FICTION: HIM & HER by Noel Dandes

HIM – I teeter at the edge of the pavement, my feet hovering over the cracked asphalt. A billowing mist has started rolling out through the street, packing the air with sticky moisture that films my arms and forehead. I drop my head back, searching the star–flecked sky for guidance. Tonight’s the night. There’s no

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