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NOVEL SERIALISATION: Parade by Michael Graves; Chapter One – ‘Genesis’ (Part Five)

* Topless and potbellied, Elmer glugs on a beer. He is sprawled across the butterscotch sofa. Still, he listens for Pinky, for the girl who hides above him. The plunks of her remote control. A toilet’s swill. A closing cupboard. Elmer, though, only finds bleak silence. His door unlocks, the hinges keening. Reggie shuffles through.

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NON-FICTION: The Instinct of a Church Mouse by Devin Lane Welch

We stole our first vehicle at fourteen. It was our grandfather’s ’94 Chevy pickup, and Pete and I took it every night that summer without license and without permission. We’d cruise the suburbs, sometimes meeting up with girls down the road or to grab milkshakes at the 24-hour drive-thru. Anything we could think of really,

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NOVEL SERIALISATION: Parade by Michael Graves; Chapter One – ‘Genesis’ (Part Four)

* Reggie troops down the aisle, sweeping up the remains of a wilted bouquet. He pushes petals into neat miniature piles and, for a mini moment, pretends that he is marching toward someone of his own. Yes, yes. I have seen him parade like this before. Each time he becomes glazed with hope. A speck

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FICTION: Left of Center by Greg Turlock

“Six-six-six – Heritage Close. This is the place.” The post-war bungalow was guarded by an overgrown caragana hedge and a wrought-iron gate. Some twisted mugo pines were taking over the narrow, cobble-stone sidewalk. I approached the cracked front steps with the apprehension of an eight year old kid returning late from recess at school. “Ding-dong.”

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NOVEL SERIALISATION: Parade by Michael Graves; Chapter One – ‘Genesis’ (Part Three)

* Reggie spots Maria’s corn cart steaming on the sidewalk. He sees buttered cobs, silk, pails, root beer, salt shakers, napkins, salsa. “Hey, Reggie,” Maria calls out. She jiggles, clad in shorts and towering heels. Stray whiffs of corn stalk the atmosphere, swabbing Reggie’s face. “Hey, Maria,” he replies. She pumps and twirls beside her

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NOVEL SERIALISATION: Parade by Michael Graves; Chapter One – ‘Genesis’ (Part Two)

* Reggie waves to the receptionist. Jo Jo leans through the fingerprinted Plexiglas window. “Your father came to see Dr. Dann this morning,” she says. “For his toe.” “Is he okay?” Reggie asks. “Yeah. It’s just swollen. And he’s, like, gained four more pounds.” “Really?” Her frizzed ponytail swings sideways. “He just keeps getting bigger

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FICTION: The Towel by Wayne Turmel

“You’re up on points. Don’t be a dumbass.” Big Bill’s leathery hand slapped his son Billy upside the head, making his head ring, which was more than Mendoza had been able to do through five rounds. The Mexican in the other corner was old and slow and looked like he wanted to get the hell

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NOVEL SERIALISATION: Parade by Michael Graves; Chapter One – ‘Genesis’ (Part One)

With gratitude to Chelsea Station Editions and Michael Graves, we are honoured to present the first Chapter of Michael’s debut novel; Parade. Over the course of the next five days you can read a week-long serialisation of Chapter One; ‘Genesis’. Enjoy… * Morning cracks to life. The custard-colored sky douses Reggie Lauderdale. He sleeps, a rosary

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GUEST POST: Story Detour By Michelle Blair Wilker

As a little girl I used to ride a marigold school bus with plastic seats that were dappled into pine. The rows lined up into a precise marching order. The journey home was long, so I trudged to the back and tucked in against the window, crossing my fingers for a solo ride. The sun

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FICTION: Interview with a Button-Eyed Rabbit by Dan Patton

You’re sitting on a grown-up chair in a small room, arms folded defiantly on the table in front of you. Opposite you, Mr Rabbit is asking the questions. It doesn’t take a genius to guess that this is not going to end well. “Max, how old you were when Jakey pushed Beth down the stairs?”

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