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    Straw Gods by Tom O’Brien

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    Straw Gods is the debut novella-in-flash from Tom O’Brien, a heart-wrenching drama both moving and exhilarating, perceptively exploring the effects of grief and the lasting bonds of family and friendship.

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    Not Visiting the SS Great Britain by Emma Phillips

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    A symphony of emotions, evoking both laughter and tears

    In these poignant and evocative stories, Emma Phillips weaves a tapestry of imagination and nostalgia.

    Phillips captures the essence of longing and the desire for connection. You’ll witness the struggles of being untethered, adrift in a sea of expectations and unfulfilled dreams. Through rich and evocative imagery, she paints a portrait of a protagonist charting their course, navigating through the turbulence of life’s currents.

    Each tale is a gift wrapped in an apology, a delicate balance between love and loss, where tiny lightships guide us home.

    “Not Visiting the SS Great Britain” is a triumph of courage and resilience.

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    Wannabe by Adele Evershed

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    Adele Evershed’s “Wannabe” is a novella-in-flash that delves into the intricacies of girlhood, womanhood, and the human experience with its vivid imagery and raw emotion. This poetic and powerful portrayal explores the depths of yearning, dreaming, and ultimately accepting oneself amidst the aftermath of abuse and trauma, and the societal expectations that loom.

    – Alien Buddha Press

    Adele Evershed’s prose expertly interrogates those often elusive “in-between” places in our everyday lives. Her subtle building of tension alongside character packs such weight and insight into each line that reading her work feels like getting away with something secret and dangerous

    Lukas Tallent, Editor at Wrong Turn Lit

     

     

     

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    Know That We Held: A journey into fourteen post-apocalyptic worlds by JP Relph

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    “Know That We Held: A journey into fourteen post-apocalyptic worlds” by JP Relph is a captivating and thought-provoking exploration of humanity’s resilience in the face of unimaginable devastation. In this remarkable collection, Relph takes readers on a rollercoaster ride through post-apocalyptic landscapes filled with unique characters and harrowing challenges.

    From the sentient undead to mutated bugs and the ever-watchful presence of a hen, each world unfolds with breathtaking originality. Fear, loss, rage, and laughter intertwine, creating a tapestry of emotions that keeps readers on the edge of their seats. But amidst the darkness, there is always a glimmer of hope—a tiny sliver that shines bright and refuses to be extinguished.

    Relph’s prose is masterful, weaving vivid descriptions and immersive settings that transport readers into each dystopian realm. Whether it’s the desperate journey to reach the coast or the longing for a safe haven, the author’s ability to evoke empathy and stir emotions is truly remarkable.

    Through beautifully crafted scenes, Relph explores the fragility of human connection and the depths of love that endure even in the harshest of circumstances. The characters’ struggles and triumphs become our own, as we witness their resilience and the unbreakable bonds they forge.

    “Know That We Held” is a testament to the power of storytelling and the enduring strength of the human spirit. JP Relph’s enthralling narrative will leave readers spellbound, contemplating the profound themes of survival, hope, and the unyielding force of love.

    This captivating journey into fourteen post-apocalyptic worlds is an absolute must-read for fans of dystopian fiction and those seeking a gripping tale that lingers in the mind long after the final page is turned. Prepare to be enthralled, moved, and forever changed by the unforgettable worlds crafted by JP Relph in “Know That We Held.”

     

     

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    Drawn and Quartered by Fiona McKay

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    Through her powerful prose, McKay masterfully weaves together themes of love, friendship, family, work, caregiving, and self-discovery. She fearlessly examines the multitude of forces that can rend a woman’s soul, both from external pressures and the internal struggles that plague us all. Her words capture the essence of these conflicts, immersing readers in a journey that is at once riveting, thought-provoking, and deeply relatable.

    In ‘Drawn and Quartered,’ McKay’s storytelling prowess shines through in every passage. From the haunting depiction of historical brutality to the poignant exploration of personal growth, each excerpt paints a vivid and evocative picture. Her writing transports readers to the rugged landscapes and emotional landscapes alike, eliciting a range of emotions from awe to heartache.

    ‘Drawn and Quartered’ is a collection that lingers in the mind, challenging societal norms and urging us to question the roles and expectations placed upon women. McKay’s unflinching exploration of the female experience, in all its rawness and beauty, is a testament to her extraordinary talent as a writer.

    McKay’s prose is a masterful blend of poetic beauty and unflinching honesty.

     

     

     

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    Lies Over The Ocean by Martha Lane

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    Immerse yourself in a world where shark attacks have become alarmingly frequent, the ocean waves stained with blood, and danger lurks at every turn. Thea is haunted by the scars on her elbow and the knowledge that tomorrow’s unpaid overtime will be spent grappling with yet another attack aftermath.

    “Lies Over the Ocean” is a captivating and thought-provoking read that will leave readers reflecting on their connection with the natural world.

    If Herman Melville were alive today, he would undoubtedly be captivated by this sea tale of obsession, revenge, and other salty things.

    Author Martha Lane may require a larger vessel after readers finish this enthralling novella.

     

     

     

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    See My Breath Dance Ghostly by Mathew Gostelow

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    ‘See My Breath Dance Ghostly’ will take you from dilapidated stairwells and run-down motel rooms to dark woods and ferocious oceans, through tales of terrifying transformations and strange encounters. Each story unravels a different shade of darkness, gripping your senses and refusing to let go.

    Within these pages radios crackle with strange voices, children’s stories hide dark secrets, undead kittens prowl, and ancient words catch like thorns in your throat, revealing paths of dark magic.

    Mathew Gostelow’s remarkable mastery of atmosphere and unease will leave you breathless, yearning for more.

     

     

     

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    Lunate vol. 1

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    Lunate vol. 1

     

    Lunate vol. 1            As new –  contains the following …

    ReWild by Claire Carroll

    What becomes of the night when there is nothing left to see? by Rosie Garland

    The Prepared Piano by Jonathan Gibbs

    Hidden Knowledge by Linda Mannheim

    bella ciao by Daniel Payne

    Exit Interview for a Valued Colleague by Ben Pester

    The Clearance by John Saul

    Ceramics for Beginners by Claire Thomson

    Daisies by Dave Wakely

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    Flash Fiction Festival One

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    Seventy-four micro-fictions written by presenters and participants at the first ever literary festival entirely dedicated to flash fiction, held in Bath, June 2017. These short-short stories, 250 words or under, show the wide variety of styles possible in this emerging genre.

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    Dandelion Years : Bath Flash Fiction Volume Seven

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    New book

    The seventh Bath Flash Fiction anthology, Dandelion Years, contains brilliant flash fictions of 300 words or under by 132 winning and listed writers in the three international awards in 2022. Many different subjects and themes are covered. Read these stories to be inspired by this exciting, challenging and experimental short-short prose form by writers from many countries around the world.

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    Now You See Him by Tim Craig

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    ‘Tim Craig is a master of microfiction. With enviable confidence, Craig spins the most varied, playful and poignant tales. The stories in this collection, most a single tight page of killer prose, all deserve revisiting again and again and again.’
    — Christopher Allen, author of Other Household Toxins and Editor of SmokeLong Quarterly

    Paperback; 152mm x 229mm; 90pp

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    Alligators at Night by Meg Pokrass

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    A collection of 72 very short stories from Meg Pokrass, author of Bird EnvyDamn Sure RightThe Dog Looks Happy Upside Down and Here, Where We Live.

    The nuanced tonal complexity, which can go from the whimsical to a darker irony in the turn of a phrase, has been a signature feature of the work of Meg Pokrass. That complexity is, in her new collection, Alligators at Night, heightened further by the fertile invention and unpredictable interplay of these beautifully crafted pieces.
    — Stuart Dybek, author of Ecstatic Cahoots

    Meg Pokrass is my favourite flash fiction writer at the moment. These stories work like stories within stories, the tiny cogs in the wheels of a bigger story machine but which, like fractal patterning, retain the shape of the whole story in perfect miniature form.
    — David Gaffney, author of Sawn Off Tales