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The Ruins by Danny Broderick

‘The Ruins’ by Danny Broderick

-Reviewed by Ian Chung- Published as a Kindle Single on Amazon by Dead Ink, Danny Broderick’s The Ruins is a short story whose impact primarily derives from how it subverts the reader’s expectations regarding certain storytelling genres. The narrative begins in media res as a sort of spy thriller: ‘The woman was stripping the prisoner,…

The Monster Opera Nancy Stohlman

‘The Monster Opera’ by Nancy Stohlman

-Reviewed by Ian Chung- Following on their first flash novel, Matthew Ankeny’s The Rink, Bartleby Snopes Press is releasing a second title in the series, Nancy Stohlman’s The Monster Opera, ‘a flash novel in two acts’. Structurally, Stohlman’s work mixes operatic libretto and sheet music with production reviews, wrapped up within a self-reflexive narrative that…

‘The Rink’ by Matthew Ankeny

-Reviewed by Ian Chung- Bartleby Snopes, already named by Flavorwire as one of the 10 online literary magazines everyone should be reading, is now branching into publishing flash novels. This also comes after the magazine launched Saboteur Award-nominated Post-Experimentalism, a special project billed as ‘the world’s first issue of Post-Experimental fiction’. With this new flash…

‘Sea of Trees’ by Robert James Russell

-Reviewed by Ian Chung- Sea of Trees, Robert James Russell’s debut novella, takes its name from Aokigahara, the Japanese forest that is also the setting for the novella’s narrative action. Aokigahara has become notable for the number of suicides that take place in the forest, and the primary narrative of Sea of Trees follows Bill,…

‘Microtones’ by Robert Vaughan

 -Reviewed by Ian Chung- In music, microtones represent intervals that are smaller than the traditional semitones of Western music. In that sense, they mark that which falls outside our conventional categorisations. In a similar vein, Microtones, Robert Vaughan’s début chapbook from Červená Barva Press, focuses on the interstitial, whether this involves capturing emotions that cannot be boiled…

In Conversation with Robert James Russell

-Robert James Russell spoke to Ian Chung- Author Bio: Robert James Russell is a Pushcart Prize-nominated author and the co-founding editor of the literary journal Midwestern Gothic. His work has appeared in Joyland, The Collagist, Gris-Gris, Thunderclap! Magazine,, and LITSNACK, among others. Sea of Trees (Winter Goose Publishing, 2012) is his first novella. What inspired…

‘XZ #1 Noir: Singing the Necessaries’

-Reviewed by Ian Chung- XZ is a new online fiction project from Annexe, whose aim is ‘to dissect various genres of writing, film and drama by reconstructing them from the ground up’. This first issue looks at the genre of noir, featuring a six-part collaboration between Eley Williams, John Boursnell, Akiho Schilz, Komal Verma, Jack…

‘Two’ by Jesse Glass

-Reviewed by Ian Chung- As someone unfamiliar with L=A=N=G=U=A=G=E poetry, the publisher’s description of Two as ‘a two-part L=A=N=G=U=A=G=E excavation of the rhetoric of history’ gave me little in the way of direction as a reader. Two, as the name suggests, consists of two long poems. The first is titled ‘Poetic Fictions: A New Age…

‘Slouching Towards Pakistan’ by Jack Foster

-Reviewed by Ian Chung-   The title of Jack Foster’s Sweatshoppe Publications chapbook, Slouching Towards Pakistan, calls to mind the final lines of W. B. Yeats’s ‘The Second Coming’: ‘And what rough beast, its hour come round at last, / Slouches towards Bethlehem to be born?’ Reading Foster’s forward to the chapbook, those lines acquire…