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 your life. Then you slip into...

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 there were the circles...

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. The harsh white lights shone...

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 me down down to the ground and...

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 lights in either corner, almost...

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 course because she led me down...

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 her, No one wanted to be her. So...

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 a lower path, he’ll study the...

The Man With my Father’s Eyes by Tom Bain

I pressed the lock button twice, checked the driver’s door three times and the passenger door once. Making my way down the grassy embankment was difficult and I slipped onto my back twice, muddying my jeans and wetting my shirt sleeves which clung...

Encounter With a Black-Eyed Child by Rebecca Milne

They want me to be ok, they tell me it was nothing, but I know what I saw. I saw it.

Flash Fiction

The Whistle by Riley Shaw

The streets were empty as she trod alone along the vegetated roads, hopping roots and branches that extended from buildings and cracks. Lila had roamed these streets before but her memory failed her every time she...

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...

Prose Extracts

Task Failed Successfully by J. Alexandria

Summer’s scent shifted as Cassie left the woods, lighter and breezier than the comforting earthiness of the trees. It wasn’t far to the village from here, so she moved to shift her pack…then remembered she didn’t have...

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...

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...

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...

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...

Short Stories

Body Talks by Ciara Armstrong

Content Warning: Death “What should we do with the body?” A voice echoed in the fog above Alicia. She didn’t recognise it.  “I don’t know man. This was your fault!” A different voice. This one sounded familiar...

Skin Deep by John Palmer

Content Warning: disturbing imagery, mentions of suicide Unsure of how long he’s been awake, he lies there, knowing sleep won’t come. Trapped inside his own mind, he’s forced to relive every regret as the montage of...

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...

The Skeleton by J. Alexandria

Alice kicked off the edge of the shuttle’s airlock, and launched herself into the blackness. Her environment suit was reading all greens, and for that she was thankful. The area was heavily restricted, and she probably...

Poetry

Travelling by Marc Borillo

A morning in Barcelona, em perdo pels carrers del Born. Em trenco com una ona, recordo el meu malson. Midday in Paris, je ne comprends pas mon existence. Épouses et maris se déplacent en consonance. Afternoon in...

A Selection of Three Poems by Liam Michael Stainsby

Content Warning: References of Drug Use The Graduate First written the day after graduating from Northumbria University in 2015 – revised 2021. Time slows –when light abates.Of the thousand dead –why must I remain...

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...

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