Fictionvale 2: I Call My Spaceship Trigger

Fictionvale Magazine #2: I Call My Spaceship Trigger

-Reviewed by Bethany W. Pope- Fictionvale, edited by Venessa Giunta and Jenna Barton, is a bi-monthly short-story journal that focuses on mixed-genre stories. If you enjoyed the television show Firefly, Stephen King’s Dark Tower series, or the alternate-history of Philip K Dick’s The Man in the High Castle this magazine is right up your street.…

Mount Island Magazine #1

Mount Island Magazine #1

 -Reviewed by Sarah Gonnet- The first issue of literary magazine Mount Island encompasses an overall sense of poetry in its words, art and even in the editor’s note. Symbolism reigns over the entire journal and several symbols are carried across multiple pieces, so that you can follow several different symbolic threads through the collection. Inside…

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Paper and Ink #4

– Reviewed by Steve Nash – Martin Appleby, editor and architect of the punk-tinged literary zine Paper and Ink, shares his hope in the opening notes that readers will ‘enjoy the shit out of’ issue 4. Truth be told, it’s not hard to enjoy something that bears so many marks of the passion that clearly went into its…

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Elbow Room #3 & #4

-Reviewed by Afric McGlinchey- An ongoing, sexy trend in the arts is collaborations, both live and on the page, or wall, or screen. Launched in 2012, Elbow Room curates art journals and live events as platforms for collaborations between artists. One of their specialty publications is a slim, hand-bound pamphlet that pairs the visual with…

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Bare Fiction #3

-Reviewed by Jennifer Wong- Contemporary avant-garde creative journal Now in its third issue, the new 80-page literary journal, Bare Fiction, is a delightful read. Boasting a contemporary, forward-looking and experimental slant, the magazine features an ambitious range of writers, including many exciting young voices published for the first time. Its poetry section reflects a bold,…

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Bare Fiction Magazine #2

-Reviewed by Cath Barton- Bare Fiction is a literary magazine available in print and digital formats, but the magazine is only one part of what Bare Fiction represents. Its founding and managing editor, Robert Harper, is an actor and a producer and director of theatre and TV as well as a poet, and these preoccupations…

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Lunar Poetry #1

-Reviewed by Zara Raab- Lunar Poetry earns its name in this first issue, full of tunes and nonsense, word play and wit (right down to the names of the poets), weddings gone awry and stanzas sent topsy-turvy. Lesley Burt’s “Turning the Picnic Tables” recreates in four tercets Manet’s famous painting (Le Déjeuner sur l’herbe) with…

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Box[Ed.] #1

-Reviewed by Cathy Dreyer- Box[Ed.], a new magazine from a group of MA students at Kent University’s School of English, arrived in a buff-coloured box, its contents huddled together like a pile of leaves in an Autumn garden. I felt quite protective of this small assortment, as if I ought to guard it from the…

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The Germ #1 and #2 (ed. Jonny Bruce)

 -Reviewed by Billy Mills- The original Germ was an organ of the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood. Subtitled ‘Thoughts towards Nature in Poetry, Literature and Art’, the journal featured poetry by the Rossettis and others, as well as essays on art and writing by members and friends of the Brotherhood. The first issue appeared in 1850 but the…