Rules for Crafting Fiction

Brevity is the soul of wit.William Shakespeare Crafting a compelling story, be it a novel, short story, or flash fiction, takes discipline. Great writing isn’t so much about impressing the reader with wit or clever description as brutalising your raw prose until the final product is taut and powerful – until each word becomes a... Continue Reading →

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Flash Fiction: ‘Leaving Dreams’ by Cecilia Morales

Cecilia Morales is an El Salvador born writer based in Dubai. She writes short stories, love letters, blog posts, social media copy, and newsletters. Read her ambiguous and compelling flash fiction below, and be sure to check out her blog Notes from the metro here. Follow her on Twitter: @mulberryink. Leaving Dreams Written by Cecilia... Continue Reading →

Nadine Dalton-West & Isabella Hunter Discuss Folklore, Technology, and ‘The Book of Witches’

The Sin of Witchcraft. We read about it, we look on it from the outside; but we can hardly realize the terror it induced [...]Lois the Witch by Elizabeth Gaskell The paperback edition of The Book of Witches, a radical new anthology curated by none other than A J Dalton approaches (Kindle edition out now).... Continue Reading →

A J Dalton and Adam Lively Talk ‘The Book of Witches’

The Witch of Endor in the Bible is very far from being a negative figure, so why then have women and others been persecuted for witchcraft in the UK for centuries?A J Dalton provides us with answers in a gripping introduction. A J Dalton, best-selling novelist and creator of the metaphysical fantasy genre returns to discuss his... Continue Reading →

Introducing Something Wicked… ‘The Book of Witches’

Dedicated to every woman or person who has suffered persecution or demonization for who they are.The Book of Witches A group of researchers from Middlesex University, working with prize-winning creative writers from North West England, have produced this exciting new book that explores the history of witches in the UK, and what it is to... Continue Reading →

Q&A with Phil Clarke, Script Consultant: Experiences in the Film Industry

Phil Clarke has been a dedicated script consultant for over a decade. He spent the best part of twenty years in the movie business, working on feature films by major Hollywood studios including Warner Brothers, Paramount, 20th Century Fox and United Artists, and production/distribution companies Miramax, Lucasfilm and Intermedia. Phil Clarke. Phil consults on all genres, and his enviable career experience has helped him to... Continue Reading →

Short Story: ‘Hide & Seek’ by Ruth Spence

Ruth Spence is a new writer from South London, where she lives with a comedian and their two small children. Follow her on Twitter: Roothes. Hide & Seek By Ruth Spence A neat purple bruise begins to take shape on Henry Hughes’s forehead as tears roll down his pink cheeks. Behind him, an absent plane... Continue Reading →

Flash Fiction: ‘Food Supply’ by Michael Conroy

Don't be a fool for the Devil, darling.Anne Rice Food Supply by Michael Conroy Delilah watched Peter Valensky from a rooftop in the Meatpacking District. No binoculars. No need. She let her hair down and tied the ribbon around her neck. Gift-wrapped. Valensky hurried along, although the street was entirely deserted. He kept glancing over... Continue Reading →

Flash Fiction: ‘Hungry Spirits’ by Michael Conroy

Défago had "seen the Wendigo."Algernon Blackwood Hungry Spirits by Michael Conroy Tom had never wandered so deep into the woods before. His grandfather, who spoke in riddles, had warned him not to stray too far because Algonquian legends told of hungry spirits that brought out the worst in men. His grandpa worried too much. Besides,... Continue Reading →

Aria Ligi Talks Writing, Politics, and the Poetic Objective

We talk to Aria Ligi, Senior Poetry Editor at October Hill Magazine, about her work, inspirations, and the role poets can play in our current political landscape. Aria's work has been published in numerous magazines, chapbooks, and anthologies including Light Magazine, October Hill Magazine, The Australian Times and the Vermillion Literary Project. Two of her earlier books, Temple of Love: Poems for Marie Antoinette and Blood,... Continue Reading →

McKenzie Austin Talks Fantasy, Editing & What Not to Do for Self-Publishing Writers

McKenzie Austin is the one-and-only award-winning, self-published, Wisconsinite cheese-enthusiast author of the highly successful 'Panagea Tales' series, a four-part fantasy epic set in a dystopian world where steampunk pirates battle to save the future. Yes, that's quite an elevator pitch. Today, McKenzie answers our questions on writing, editing, and how to avoid the pitfalls of... Continue Reading →

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