Category Archive: short story

THE DOORS – EXCERPT FROM A BOOK BY COLIN CAMPBELL ROBINSON

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This is the end, my friend.                               Jim Morrison Only when he writes ‘I’ does he become ‘I’ so he’s… Continue reading

A CHRISTMAS CAROL – A Short Story by Henry King

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Michael Caine had muttered his last “Bah, humbug!” and turned into a happy old man, singing along with the brightly coloured anthropomorphic animals and monsters. The children loved it, and the adults were… Continue reading

INTENSE MOMENTS WITH STRANGERS: ‘The Spit, the Sound and the Nest’ by Kathrine Sowerby

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Kathrine Sowerby, The Spit, the Sound and the Nest (Vagabond Voices, 2017) By Sarah Spence When Felix in Kathrine Sowerby’s The Spit, the Sound and the Nest asks Rita if “it’s wrong to leave… Continue reading

SOME THOUGHTS ON ‘PROTEST’

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This essay is part of our Threat Levels series. In 2006, the UK passed from a seemingly more casual and non-specific BIKINI state to a more serious state of threat, varying from substantial to critical. The reference to… Continue reading

THE END OF THE NIGHT – A SHORT STORY BY GERARD MCKEEVER

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It was last orders when the prophet returned. The streets were silent, a Thursday mist creeping off the Solway and up the Nith valley. ‘Warm night for the time of year,’ we kept… Continue reading

TENDER CARE – A SHORT STORY BY ELISSA SOAVE

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Gavin parked the car, jumped out and ran to the other side to open Sheila’s door and help her out. ‘Careful now,’ he said, as she eased herself out of her seat, holding… Continue reading

NIGHT OOT (AN EVENING TO REMEMBER) – A SHORT STORY BY ALASDAIR MACQUARRIE

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The crisp night air was a reviving tonic as he stumbled a few more steps out the street away from the woozy warm fug of the bar. Autumn leaves swirled around his feet.… Continue reading

STORIES FROM THE MIND’S EYE: Camilla Grudova’s ‘The Doll’s Alphabet’

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Camilla Grudova, The Doll’s Alphabet (Fitzcarraldo Editions, 2017) By Naomi Richards The Doll’s Alphabet is a startling debut collection of short stories by Canadian writer Camilla Grudova. The stories are beautiful, disturbing and… Continue reading

PIECES OF A PUZZLE: ‘Tangram’ by Juan Carlos Márquez, trans. by James Womack

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Juan Carlos Márquez, Tangram, translated by James Womack (Nevsky Books, 2017) By Ellen Jones Juan Carlos Márquez’s latest book is organised according to the eponymous tangram, a puzzle made up of seven flat shapes… Continue reading

TIBER – PICTURE OF A DROWNED IMAGE – A SHORT STORY BY MAX EEVI

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It was a crisp November morning when Tiberinus Silvius – ninth King of the Alba Longa – fell into the River Tiber. * Preceding Tiberinus’ fall, the river’s name rested naturally as “River”… Continue reading

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