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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 […]

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 […]

Playing Tyler – T L Costa

June 28, 2013


Tyler MacCandless can’t focus, even when he takes his medication. Just when it seems like his future is on a collision course with a life sentence at McDonald’s, his mentor Rick asks him to test a video game. If his score’s high enough, it could earn him a place in flight school and win him […]

Friday Film: Man of Steel

June 25, 2013


There is a moment towards the end of Man of Steel when the word ‘Superman’ is finally uttered. Numerous other characters struggle to form this simple word for the course of the movie. This is sadly indicative of how far removed Man of Steel is from your typical superhero fare. Man of Steel is a […]