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 →

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 →

Flash Fiction: ‘Meat’ by Michael Conroy

Does the beef salute the butcher as it throbs to its knees?Clive Barker Meat by Michael Conroy He awoke in darkness to the smell of bleach. Mattress springs creaked under his weight, and he felt a cold burning sensation deep in his sinuses. He rolled onto his stomach and planted his hands down on wooden... Continue Reading →

Flash Fiction: ‘Chalk’ by Andrew Slinde

People just... disappear[...]Bret Easton Ellis Andrew Slinde is a screenwriter, novelist, and general purveyor of strange fiction. He lives in Des Moines, Iowa and cohabitates with three apex predators. Follow him on Twitter @AndrewSlinde Chalk by Andrew Slinde Monday: There was a chalk mark on my door. Nothing special, just an X. Who put it... Continue Reading →

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