Chekhov Shorts: Polinka

Title: Polinka Date Read: 11 April 2017 Word Count: 1698 Briefly: The dressmaker's daughter Polinka arrives at the arcade with an order for her regular draper. It soon becomes clear however (to the reader at least), that shopping is not the only … [Read more...]

Chekhov Shorts: Drunk

Title: Drunk Date Read: 11 April 2017 Word Count: 2206 Briefly: Dining in a closed-off restaurant with his lawyer, manufacturer Frolov becomes more and more irritated as he becomes more and more drunk. What it is the source of all of Frolov’s … [Read more...]

Devouring de Maupassant: The Hand

Title: The Hand Date Read: 10 April 2017 Available Online?: YES Briefly: With everyone gathered around the fireplace, M. Bermutier takes the opportunity to relate the tale of English hunter Sir John Rowell, and the terrible fate that befell him. … [Read more...]

Devouring De Maupassant: Mother and Son

Title: Mother and Son Date Read: 10 April 2017 Available Online?: YES Briefly: Maitre Le Brument ('the illustrious judge'), tells of the time that he was summoned to the bedside of a dying woman, and asked to seek out a certain heir, long missing … [Read more...]

Chekhov Shorts: The Witch

Title: The Witch Date Read: 03 January 2017 Word Count: 4678 Briefly: A storm rages around the estate church, and sexton Savély Gykin is convinced that his wife is to blame, in an attempt to lure men to their hut. Afterthoughts: An interesting … [Read more...]

Chekhov Shorts: Art

Title: Art Date Read: 03 January 2017 Word Count: 2230 Briefly: Preparations for Epiphany celebrations are under way, and as usual the peasant Seryozhka is his short-tempered and angry self. Afterthoughts: I rather enjoyed this quick peak … [Read more...]

Sunday Times EFG Short Story Award 2014 longlist announced

This year's Sunday Times EFG Short Story Award longlist has been announced, revealing a selection of longlisted short stories described as 'the most wide-ranging yet'. Now its fifth edition, the world's richest prize for a single short story … [Read more...]

Short story review: ‘The House on St. John’s Avenue’ by Paul McMichael

Title: 'The House on St. John's Avenue' by Paul McMichael Collection/Anthology?: Bristol Short Story Prize Anthology 6 (Bristol Review of Books Ltd.) Date Read: 05 January 2014 Briefly: Eric and Jack head to Robert and Felipe's remodelled home for a … [Read more...]

Forethoughts: Unthology 4 anthology

Before I begin with these forethoughts, a disclaimer. I know both of the editors of this anthology series, not in a physical sense but we connect together online often, to discuss the glory of the written word and the beautiful minds who wield their … [Read more...]

Forethoughts: Bristol Short Story Prize Anthology 6

Every year I look forward to the Bristol Short Story Prize anthology, and there’s a good reason for this - it never seems to disappoint. I realise that I’m perhaps being a little premature in saying such a thing, but I have real confidence in the … [Read more...]