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...]

The Other Publishing Company launches short fiction competition

The good eggs over at The Other Publishing Company have asked me if I would draw attention to an upcoming short fiction competition they are launching, in promotion of their Lit Bits short story series. Running over four consecutive weekends … [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...]

2013 Costa Short Story Award shortlist revealed

Exciting times for short story fans, as the Costa Book Awards reveals its shortlist for this year's Short Story Award. Now in its second year, the Costa Short Story Award is awarded to a previously unpublished single short story of no more than … [Read more...]

Devouring De Maupassant: Moonlight

Title: Moonlight Date Read: 18th November 2013 Available Online?: YES. Briefly: Madame Julie Roubere is excited to see her elder sister, Madame Henriette Letore who has returned from a trip to Switzerland. They embrace warmly and all is well, … [Read more...]

Devouring De Maupassant: Old Mongilet

Title: Old Mongilet Date Read: 18th November 2013 Available Online?: YES. Briefly: Unlike the rest of his office chums, old Mongilet wasn't taken with spending his summer weekends frolicking in the country. In fact preferring to spend his … [Read more...]

Devouring De Maupassant: The Spasm

Title: The Spasm Date Read: 11th November 2013 Available Online?: YES. Briefly: Always keen to seek out new diners entering the hotel restaurant, the narrator observes a father and daughter who have about their person 'the charm associated with … [Read more...]

Devouring De Maupassant: Our Letters

Title: Our Letters Date Read: 11th November 2013 Available Online?: YES. Briefly: The narrator returns to visit friends and takes up residence in a room that he has never stayed in before. During the night he wakes up with an urge to write … [Read more...]

Rob Reports: Rodge Glass and Adam Marek @ EdBookFest 2013

*picture credit: Peggy Riley It's always a time of excitement for the short fiction lover when a dedicated event is scheduled in Charlotte Square, and there was much to get enthusiastic about when two principal writers of the short form took to the … [Read more...]

Devouring De Maupassant: Discovery

Title: Discovery Date Read: 10th June 2013 Available Online?: YES. Briefly: The narrator boards a steamer for a short trip from Havre to Trouville. While onboard he bumps into his old friend Henri Sidoine, who explains why he hates the English … [Read more...]