Adelle Stripe – cigarettes in bed

Adelle Stripe’s Cigarettes in Bed is not her first venture with Blackheath Books, they have already published her first collection Some Things are Better Left Unsaid (2008). Blackheath Books is a young independant press that aims to publish ‘literary outsiders, mavericks’, in short, anyone going against the conventional current. Stripe, as one of the founders…

>kill author # 8

- Reviewed by Jared Randall – Grown tired of your summer reading list? Need a break after that last 600-page novel? Having trouble keeping your comatose left eye in line with your hay-fevered right? (Maybe that last one is just me…?) Then give >kill author a try. I guarantee it won’t bore you (unless you…

blue-eyed boy bait – Spilt Milk Mag #1

-Reviewed by Caroline Crew- blue-eyed boy bait is actually the first issue of Spilt Milk Mag, an identity crisis explained by the editor, Sam Peczek, by way of a copyright issue with a ‘brothel in Sweden with the same name’ that didn’t appreciate the free advertising. Although this is a print issue, Spilt Milk is…

Shot Glass Journal #1

Sometimes you’re not in the mood for a three-course meal, sometimes you just want a shot of something invigorating, if so, Shot Glass Journal might just hit the spot. Shot Glass Journal is a new online literary magazine specializing in short poetry (16 lines or less). Edited by Mary-Jane Grandinetti, the idea for the journal…

Iota #87

-Reviewed by Liam Jones- Iota is a British poetry magazine at the forefront of discovering and showcasing new and established writers. Its reputation is second to none and for a while now I have seen it as arguably one of the best literary quarterlies in Britain. It has recently changed editorial team, with the new…

The Flaneur – Rolls Royce issue

The Flaneur is a zine that styles itself in the aesthetic of a quirky dandy newspaper ‘for the cultivated stroller of city streets’. It is available as a newspaper, iPhone app, or, the option I picked, a £1 downloadable PDF. The Flaneur mixes articles, poetry, fiction, and art in an attractive manner but sadly, it…