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…

Things to Make and Break - May-Lan Tan

Things to Make and Break by May-Lan Tan

-Reviewed by Eleanor Hemsley- Things To Make And Break by May-Lan Tan is one of the most perfect collections of short stories I have ever come across. From an unforgettable abortion to a young girl’s abuse, the stories are each unique but with a certain, unpinnable similarity that makes them work perfectly together as a…

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…