‘The Dead Queen of Bohemia’ by Jenni Fagan

-Reviewed by Claire Trevien- Blackheath Books is an independent artisan publisher specializing in the making of original books and pamphlets. Hand-letterpressed on recycled paper, limited in edition, their pamphlets are made with love, and it shows. Less inventive in design perhaps, than Adelle Stripe’s Cigarettes in Bed, Jenni Fagan’s The Dead Queen of Bohemia is still…

Nutshell #2

-Reviewed by Joan Standwick- The closure of Pen Pusher Magazine has come as a shock to me, and countless others. I have been carrying its back issues for a while now, pondering on the necessity of reviewing them – surely they are doing well enough on their own? Pen Pusher was that rare thing: beautiful,…

St Valentine’s Day Special: Jacob Polley

Rather than publishing some Neruda, the Valentine’s day special will be an antidote to Valentine’s day. I have finally acquired a copy of Identity Parade after attending a reading at Shakespeare & co of four of its poets. The below poem, which I’ve lifted from the anthology, is by Jacob Polley. Polley was born in…

The Long Acre by Frances Corkey Thompson

-Reviewed by Julia Bird- It rains heavily in Frances Corkey Thompson’s Long Acre. ‘Rain blew in’ in ‘The Beeches at Pickwell’, ‘it’s often raining’ in ‘The Garden’ and the rain in ‘Fiat Deus …’ is ‘god-awful’ and ‘hammering’. When the poet looks through the window, through this blurring rain (‘I witness through glass’ – ‘The Garden’, again)…

Steam-Powered: Lesbian Steampunk Stories

-Reviewed by Tori Truslow- Once a little-known subculture, Steampunk is now studded all over the fantasy genre like so many burnished bolts, its gears a-whirring with the excitement of history-that-never-was, valves opening with the hiss of adventure, pouring forth veritable clouds of Victoriana – and there’s the rub. Steampunk often ends up being highly West-centric,…