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...]

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...]

Costa Short Story Award 2013: And my vote goes to…

Well, I've had a blast reading through this year’s Costa Short Story Award shortlist. The journey has taken me among other places, from a logger’s camp in British Columbia to a sheep farm in Australia, via a basement workshop in Ireland and an … [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...]