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...]

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...]

Short Story Review: ‘ The Papakh Hat’

Story Title: The Papakh Hat Collection/Anthology?: Not applicable. Available for free download (PDF format) from the Costa Short Story Award website. Briefly: The 1979 Revolution has begun, and two partners in the city of Tabriz - one a poet, the … [Read more...]

Short Story Review: ‘The Old Man and the Suit’

Story Title: The Old Man and the Suit Collection/Anthology?: Not applicable. Available for free download (PDF format) from the Costa Short Story Award website. Briefly: Working in a basement workshop, an old tailor imparts wisdom and passion upon … [Read more...]

Short Story Review: ‘The Keeper of the Jackalopes’

Story Title: The Keeper of the Jackalopes Collection/Anthology?: Not applicable. Available for free download (PDF format) from the Costa Short Story Award website. Briefly: The land on which Clary and her taxidermist father's trailer home sits is … [Read more...]

Short Story Review: ‘The Gun Shearer’

Story Title: The Gun Shearer Collection/Anthology?: Not applicable. Available for free download (PDF format) from the Costa Short Story Award website. Briefly: Set in Australia, Oriel runs a sheep farm single-handedly. Hiring in a trio of men to … [Read more...]

Short Story Review: ‘The Forgiveness Thing’

Story Title: The Forgiveness Thing Collection/Anthology?: Not applicable. Available for free download (PDF format) from the Costa Short Story Award website. Briefly: Brutally attacked and disfigured, the narrator is questioned by a journalist on … [Read more...]

Short Story Review: ‘Still Water, BC’

Story Title: Still Water, BC Collection/Anthology?: Not applicable. Available for free download (PDF format) from the Costa Short Story Award website. Briefly: As the only female in a logger's camp, Eva is very much a woman in a man's world. … [Read more...]

Chekhov Shorts: Enemies

Title: Enemies Date Read: 19th November 2013 Briefly: Not five minutes after his only son passes away from illness, there's a knock at the door which stirs district doctor Kirilov from his grief. The visitor is Abogin. His wife has been taken … [Read more...]