Category Archive: short story

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

SUMMER WEDDING – A SHORT STORY BY ALICE TARBUCK

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It was five years after the wedding that I found the photographs. It was June, well on the way to getting hot, and I was clearing out the shed in the hope of… Continue reading

GIDEON THE IDOL MAKER – A SHORT STORY BY CRAIG BURNETT

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Gideon the Idol Maker ran his hands over the limestone block, pressing his fingertips into its hollows and crevices. The coolness of the rock was a welcome contrast to the heat inside the… Continue reading

ONLY CABLE CAR IN IRELAND – A SHORT STORY BY ROB DORAN

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Harry had come to Ireland. Iris had loved him, married him and left him. It was all over a misunderstanding, but like most misunderstandings it led to greater revelations and an irresolvable rupture,… Continue reading

SEXY, EXISTENTIAL, COOL: April Ayers Lawson’s ‘Virgin and Other Stories’

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April Ayers Lawson Virgin and Other Stories (Granta Books, 2017) By Laura Waddell Like a sinewy muscle, April Ayer Lawson’s debut short story collection Virgin and Other Stories flexes a visceral grace. The heady themes… Continue reading

SPECIMENS – A SHORT STORY BY SALLY ROBERTS

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A young librarian – shall we say around thirty-two? – wore the same clothes every single day. Thick grey trousers, which were perhaps intended to sit directly on the waist but instead lingered… Continue reading

MY LOVING BLOOD – A SHORT STORY BY JUDY UPTON

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If Mum knew that I was here she would kill me. Eighteen years on from the day when Stork Incorp debited the final instalment of my conception fee from her gold account, I… Continue reading

MARCH OF THE MONOLITHS – A SHORT STORY BY MARTIN CATHCART FRODEN

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Photo: Peter Iain Campbell / http://www.peteriaincampbell.co.uk   There’s a woman standing at the helm TEN of vessel number two and her hair is as black as a coal seam. Her fogged-up eyes are squinting,… Continue reading

MENDING ZEBRA CROSSING – A SHORT STORY BY HELMI BEN MERIEM

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For A.R.   “Allah Akbar. Allah Akbar. . . Praying is more rewarding than sleeping.” On these words I wake up every morning. I put on my pyjamas and went to the bathroom.… Continue reading

CRICKET AND CHAPATTIS – A SHORT STORY BY SRISHTI CHAUDHARY

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Preeti never minded the work. Like the other girls, she too had three brothers, a father who was ageing rapidly and people who were always over on ‘business’, or to watch a game… Continue reading