Short story: Pet

She wears a deadpan expression, maybe sultry, maybe smoky, maybe wistful, maybe bored.

Book review: The R. Crumb Handbook by Robert Crumb and Peter Poplaski

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If this was funnier, contained no sex whatsoever, five times less interesting to look at, but only slightly more suitable for children, it would be a The Charles Schulz Story, published 1971. (Have you READ early Peanuts? Good grief.)

Short story: Squat

Chemical extraction in a filthy rental, smoke blue walls and shattered cold windows blacked out by sooty towels.

Book review: Holy Cow! An Indian Adventure by Sarah MacDonald

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An incredibly candid exploration of a few of the religious and cultural elements of that great and varied nation, India. Love it or hate it, there's just something about it...

Short story: Adventure

The ocean heaves lethargically, restless and sad with unbearable tight tears.

Book review: After You With The Pistol by Kyril Bonfiglioli

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If this was written by a middle-class douchebag with all the observational skill but zero percent of the humour, it would be any Ian Fleming book.

Short story: Trouble

Run. Open the door, slam it shut, run.

Book review: The Dead Zone by Stephen King

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Stephen King examines themes of predestination, fate, love and evil in his classic fifth novel, The Dead Zone.

Short story: Hog

The old man. In the corner, all the sure signs of a consumate smoker painted plain as fragile grey skin on his face, sipping a beer and looking hangdog and blank at the same time.

Book review: Vile Bodies by Evelyn Waugh

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If this was a dance, it would be the Charleston.

Short story: Empty Room

Behind the expensive oak paneling, a dazzle of diamonds taut with anticipation lay in wait.

Book review: The Summons by John Grisham

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A disappointing and not overly enthusiastic delve into a relationship between a father and two sons... the struggles, sadness, selfishness, and attempts to do what's right.

Short story: Cocktail Hour

The scent of eau de cologne wisps the air, cycling through the vents and ducts and secret places.

Book review: Poe: Illustrated Tales of Mystery and Imagination by Edgar Allen Poe

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This volume brings together thirteen of Edgar Allen Poe’s short stories and poems and couples them with the visual art of thirteen talented and engaging artists.

Short story: Mean Girl

She sits opposite me, belligerent, narrow-eyed, slumped over.

Book review: Dialogues of the Dead by Reginald Hill

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The fat man of crime is back - in a tale of word games, murder, mayhem, and divine intervention.

Short story: Torture

His face drops like a bloodhound, sagging through the chin, slack with pain.

Book review: The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald

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If this was a dance, it would be the Lindy Hop.

Short story: In The Night

You creep, insidiously, as I sleep, carried like algal bloom on a polluted tired tide.

Book review: Blind Faith by Ben Elton

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When did Ben Elton go from funny social commentator with a penchant for satiric wit to a bitter, bitter old man? Even if you've been in denial for a while, Blind Faith is terribly disappointing.

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