28 Far Cries

28 Far Cries by Marc Nash

 -Reviewed by Bridey Heing– In 28 Far Cries, Marc Nash pushes the limits of short stories to the very edge, and the result is a wide-reaching collection that can be (and will be) devoured in a single sitting. At just 120 brief pages, his capsule stories dig deep to explore the psyche and find complex…

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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…

Nothing is Strange

Nothing is Strange by Mike Russell

– Reviewed by Elanor Clarke – Nothing Is Strange is a very apt title for this short collection of short stories. None of them are strange. Promising readers mind-expanding, otherworldly, unique stories, the collection sadly does not deliver. That is not to say that there is nothing good about this collection, or Mike Russell’s writing…

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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…

All the places we lived

All The Places We Lived by Richard Owain Roberts

 -Reviewed by Bridey Heing– Halfway through Richard Owain Roberts’ All The Places We Lived, my husband leaned over my shoulder and read two sentences. “Reads like an instruction manual,” he remarked. He wasn’t wrong, but wasn’t quite right. “More like the description of a photograph,” I said, after some thought. The short stories that make…

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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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Paper and Ink #5: Damn the Man

– Reviewed by Steve Nash – Issue 5 of the punk DIY zine Paper and Ink sets its sights on damning the man. This aesthetically-pleasing, and deceptively vast, issue presents a series of polemic, comical, heart-breaking and often startling treatises on scraping through the days in soul-sapping non-careers.  In addition to the bile, though, it…

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Tender #6

– Reviewed by James O’Leary – Tender is a quarterly journal edited by Rachael Allen and Sophie Collins, seeking work by female-identified (inclusive of trans and gender-fluid) writers and artists. Each issue is a combination of poetry, prose, interviews, comics, photography, painting, illustration and collage. From issue one (April 2013), the journal established its own particular point…