Posthumous Stories by David Rose

Posthumous Stories by David Rose

-Reviewed by Rebecca Burns- Posthumous Stories by David Rose, published by Salt, runs to over 200 pages and comprises sixteen pieces of fiction. The title may mislead some readers: these aren’t stories collected together to memorialise a deceased writer – Rose is very much alive. Rather, as the blurb on the jacket informs, the stories…

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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…

The Witch Doctor of Umm Suqeim Craig Hawes

The Witch Doctor of Umm Suqeim by Craig Hawes

 -Reviewed by Sarah Gonnet- Reading the stories in The Witch Doctor of Umm Suqeim is a process of transportation. The tales in the book take you to the dramatic landscapes of Dubai; and then let you explore the alien places through the rhythm of narrative. Craig Hawes’ ability to create an absorbing sense of place…

Louis XXX Georges Bataille

Louis XXX by Georges Bataille

 -Reviewed by Sarah Gonnet- Louis XXX is a posthumous collection of two longer pieces by Georges Bataille, new prefaces to some of his most famous works, and criticism from Stuart Kendall. Nevertheless it manages to be a summary of the major themes found in the wider canon of Bataille’s literature. Meanwhile reading Kendall’s criticism and…

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Saltwater by Lane Ashfeldt

-Reviewed by Rebecca Burns- Published by Liberties Press, an Irish, independent publisher, Saltwater is Lane Ashfeldt’s debut collection of short stories. Around 160 pages long, the stories share a focus upon the relationship between the individual and the sea, although the settings vary from Greek islands, New Zealand, Ireland, and southern England, amongst others. The…

The Rental Heart Kirsty Logan

The Rental Heart and other Fairytales by Kirsty Logan

-Reviewed by Rebecca Burns- I approached The Rental Heart with a great deal of interest – published by Salt, Kirsty Logan’s debut collection was a recent recipient of the Saboteur Award for the Best Short Story Collection 2014, and has received high praise from various quarters, including the broadsheets and across social media. What first…

Metalalia

Interview with Metalalia

Writer Alex Nicholson and musician Pam Shaffer launch their new multimedia story-telling experience this month, a collaboration that has brought them together across the Atlantic. Metalalia, an immersive app for tablet and smartphone devices, will give its audience fairytales with a modern twist, accompanied by a unique soundtrack and visual art. They’ve already made a…

Strong Room Roelof Bakker Jane Wildgoose

Strong Room by Roelof Bakker and Jane Wildgoose

-Reviewed by Eleanor Hemsley- Strong Room holds an enchanting collection of photographs alongside a short story that reignites a sense of archaic longing within us. The focus is, as with many other things, on the digital age, and the things modern day humans are missing out on. But this doesn’t come across as a stuck-in-the-past…