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HOAX: Psychosis Blues – Ravi Thornton

June 6, 2014


Mental health issues tend to be an area of society commonly ignored by popular culture. Books, television programmes and films tend to skirt around portraying mental health problems, and when they do tackle them, it can often be a sanitised or unreal experience that follows. Comics have fared better for their portrayal of mental health […]

Short Lived – Jenny Lippmann and Victoria Hunter

May 13, 2014


Whether it’s a way to break into writing, or to provide bite-size chunks of story for the commute, or a perhaps connect a linked set of stories to a wider theme, short story anthologies are ten-a-penny nowadays. Bringing a new one onto the market is a labour of love and it’s even trickier as a […]

Hang Wire – Adam Christopher

April 10, 2014


Ted Kane is worried. He’s been sleepwalking, and his somnambulant travels appear to coincide with murders by the notorious Hang Wire Killer. Meanwhile, the circus has come to town, but the Celtic dancers are taking their pagan act a little too seriously, the manager of the Olde Worlde Funfair has started talking to his vintage […]

The Girl With a Clock for a Heart – Peter Swanson

April 8, 2014


The Girl with a Clock for a Heart is at once both an impressive but frustrating debut. Sure enough, the drip-fed plot hooks you in enough to keep the pages turning, but the central character becomes so stilted and irritating that you end up wanting to shake him. Or punch him. That man is George […]

David Hartley’s Christmas Crackers

December 18, 2013


Manchester-based David Hartley is a well-known name on the flash fiction circuit and can frequently be found performing at Bad Language’s and First Draft’s spoken word events. So it’s with excellent timing that his latest collection of Christmas crackers, Merry Gentlemen, comes out to provide a different kind of festive spirit as Christmas literally comes alive. Throughout […]

Shenanigans – Obverse Books

August 29, 2013


Obverse Books is an independent publisher with big ideas. Publishing the continuing adventures of transtemporal temptress Iris Wildthyme and having recently acquired the rights to the fictional detective Sexton Blake, they are forging ahead with quality fiction from new and established names. This appetite for quality is evident in this collection with Editor Paul Magrs […]

Canal Street Gothic – David Thame

August 23, 2013


It is surprising to me of how comparatively few gay writers there are either from, or based in Manchester. As somewhere with a large creative outlet for the LGBT scene, it is surprises me that there is hardly any literature focusing on Manchester’s LGBT scene. Enter Canal Street Gothic from Manchester Evening News reporter David […]