Colony by J. Alexandria

Content warning: violence, psychological torture, and mutilation Erskine, are you in position? Roger, Erskine replied, from his spot in the thick bushes. He reached up and flicked the small visor on his helmet down, the dark, rainy jungle suddenly picked out in iridescent hues of grey night vision. Erskine glanced around at other spots surrounding the camp. Four green outlines floated in the air, identified as “Friends” by his helmet’s system. In the encampment, around thirty or forty red...

Fiction

Transparency – Natalie Cullen

Hey. So, I’m a ghost, and I have been for a few months now. Being in my state, you experience things that you couldn’t imagine as a living human. You go through the motions. At first you’re understandably in mourning of...

Now, How Shall Coast Beget Time? by Nic Cook

Content Warning: Trauma and depictions of mental illness And when I think about it now it washes over me as a tidal wave and I am drenched once again and the clinging wet cloth of my attire that heavily drags and drags...

Hopscotch? – A J Flanigan

There was heavy rain in the parking lot. Everywhere, really, but especially in the parking lot. Cracks as trenches in the puddles. Dots and circles. From the desk closest to the window, I couldn’t make out the dots, but...

Celia by Rebecca Milne

“Follow me” she whispered. I could not see any of her facial features as she grabbed my arm and I followed along behind her. Her boots, cloak and hat were all caught or attached to each other, not that she minded of...

Annabelle by Kate Ditchburn

“Hello.” … “My name is Dr. Green. But I prefer the name Elena. Much less formal.” … “What’s your name?” A glance. Nothing more, but a start. Dr. Green watched her patient from the heavily padded armchair...

Shed a Light – Dominic Rebucha

  The ball ricocheted off the fence and the fence wobbled, making a low rattling sound as Darren approached. He followed the path along the car park to the enclosed artificial pitch ahead. It was lit by high-voltage...

Visions – George Lovejoy

Visions She switched off the TV then regretted it; the noise of the pointless quiz show was comforting. Watching ‘Derek from Sussex’ reciting all football results from 1980 was easier than watching the fireplace, the...

Visual Art

Poetry

A Feast Fit For a King by Ismah Ahmad

How juicy, how sweet, this tender morsel that I eat. How filling, how chewy, each bite of this fatty meat. How it screamed, How it begged. But here I am, enjoying this meaty leg, and sipping on the finest wines, and...

The Woeful Ballad of Invisible Girl by Ismah Ahmad

There once lived a girl with superhuman powers, But this girl did not shoot lasers or climb up towers. Instead, this girl’s blessed traits, Were that she could turn invisible, and lift heavy crates. No one could see...

Cupid’s Bow – Joel Everett

Your Cupid’s bow arched upwards falls slowly like blossom – pink the giggle recedes with my layman’s share. Divine laughter Eros, comes to its end; and Atlas loosens his grip. You look now upon humility with one beaded...

Missing Pieces – Jarod Vona

  Pull my heart and pierce my skin. A painful start, I can’t defend. Sparkling silver hoops stand ringed with flame, I hop, leap, and jump through them, Again, and again. I yearn for the day which one closes on my...

Beyond Riggindale Crag – Stephen Fender

Haweswater; the wind pushes cold while the low grey sky hides Riggindale from view. At the road’s end we leave the car, with others; parked, like a sulking child, as we begin our slow assent.   One of us leaves to walk...

Interviews

Interview with Professional Dancer, Annie Peach

By Richard Tyson Tell me about your journey as a professional dancer. What have you done and what are you doing now? Although I have been dancing all my life, my professional journey began when I became a member of...

Chris Ord Interview

By Dasha Werner –  Chris Ord is a writer and a musician who grew up in Northumberland. He taught English language in Turkey, Portugal and India before returning to England where he got an MA in International...

Kara Chin Interview

by Woon Fellow –  1) Can you tell us a bit about your current practice? 1) I feel like my current practice is in a bit of a weird place right now. When I was at Slade we had a phrase – ‘the post crit...

Articles

Bi-Weekly Creative Prompt

On Edge What does it mean to be on edge? How can art encapsulate this feeling? Does it conjure up deep personal feelings that you can express through your creativity? Is this the perfect opportunity to write that horror...

What Makes a Poem Good: Rhyme

Written by Joel Everett To start answering the question ‘what makes a poem good?’, we have to ask: what do we mean by good? Well, as with any form of art, good is entirely subjective. Keeping this in mind, we have to...

Mary Sue and Gary Stu: phenomenon or cliché?

Written by Dasha Werner Ed. Lauren Godfray When Wattpad and other similar writing platforms appeared on the Internet, people all around the world fell in love with short stories published by beginning and professional...

What Makes a Short Story Publishable

By John Palmer The Obvious Grammar and punctuation are huge factors in getting published. You might have written the best story in the world, but if the reader has to keep stopping to work out why there are seven commas...

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