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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…

Because The Night Stacy Hardy

Because the Night by Stacy Hardy

-Reviewed by Holly Jazz Kotzé- Because The Night is a collection of short stories all by the same writer, Stacy Hardy. Here’s my confession: that bit of information somehow passed me by; an administrative error, a collapse in concentration, whatever it was I started reading this book thinking it was simply a novel or a…

Fugue The Siren

Fugue (ed. Lucy Carroll)

 -Reviewed by Sarah Gonnet- Fugue is a map of surreal experiences in a foreign world. Right from the immersive introduction we know we’re being led into something special. Something bizarre. Something Poetic. Yet at the same time we receive constant signposts that link the short stories to the real world. For example in the second…

Above Sugar Hill by Linda Mannheim

‘Above Sugar Hill’ by Linda Mannheim

-Reviewed by Nick Murray- It’s like all those snapshots of New York – Brooklyn and Manhattan – in the 70s and 80s that you remember seeing when you were young. Starting with grainy reruns of Sesame Street – complete with proto-PSAs, where afroed kids would perch their bellbottoms on doorway steps – to pictures your…

A is for Apocalypse

A is for Apocalypse (ed. Rhonda Parrish)

-Reviewed by Nick Murray- I have no idea how big Godzilla really is. During his atomic inception he was 50 metres tall and exactly relative to the Tokyo skyline at the time (the tallest building being the National Diet Building at 65 metres). When I joined the kaiju craze in the late nineties he was…

Young Skins by Colin Barrett

Young Skins by Colin Barrett

-Reviewed by Rebecca Burns- Young Skins is Colin Barrett’s debut collection of short stories. It is published by The Stinging Fly Press and comprises seven tales in total. About 180 pages long, it is one of those rare pieces of fiction: a crackling, blazing set of stories, written in language both jolting and poetic. The…