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Watchlist ed. by Bryan Hurt

-Reviewed by Richard T. Watson– Undeniably, we in the West live in an age of information, or readily-accessible and frequently-shared data. As the early twenty-first century progresses, we have increasing instances of leaked secret information, intelligence agencies monitoring our communications, and companies changing the ways they can use customers’ personal information through their privacy T&Cs…

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The Forgotten and the Fantastical: Modern Fables and Ancient Tales ed. Teika Bellamy

– Reviewed by Bethany W Pope – The Forgotten and the Fantastical: Modern Fables and Ancient Tales, edited by Teika Bellamy, is a complex and largely entertaining compilation of literary fantasy. Though a few of the stories are reworked classics, most are all-new creations, and the majority of the stories are incredibly entertaining. The stories are illustrated…

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Unthology 7 ed. Ashley Stokes & Robin Jones

 -Reviewed by Sarah Gonnet– The Unthology is the kind of anti-anthology that fans and writers of weird fiction dream of discovering. In the Unthology Unthank Books have coordinated something powerful, something creative, something genuinely interesting; but most of all something bizarre. In our current zeitgeist, which claims to nurture individuality this shouldn’t be unusual, and…

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Fugue Vol. II by The Siren Press

-Reviewed by Cath Barton- Writers of short stories have the wonderful freedom to give them any ending they like. They can also combine everyday and fantastical realities. For me the best short stories are those which show these different levels of existence – what lies behind or alongside the apparent – and this is something…

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Ten Poems About Aunts ed. by Anne Harvey, & Ten Bedtime Poems (vol. 1), ed. by William Boyd

– Reviewed by Emma Lee – Part of Candlestick Press’ Ten Poems… pamphlet series, Ten Poems about Aunts looks to counteract the bad press writers such as P. G. Wodehouse and Richmal Crompton have given aunts. Christine Webb’s “Aunt Em” “ruled / the kitchen and family with loving / labour and sharp-eyed reproof,” a tough but kindly family…

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Ten Poems From Wales, ed. by Gillian Clarke

  – Reviewed by Simon Zonenblick – Gillian Clarke’s presentation of Ten Poems From Wales, spanning fourteen centuries, is actually a selection of eleven; the “tiny sample of ten” is preceded by “perhaps the first contemporary poem to capture my attention”, The Cat and the Sea by R. S. Thomas, which serves as a perfect prologue. In her…