The Short Review

shining the spotlight on short story collections

Review of Still: Short Stories Inspired by Photographs of Vacated Spaces

Still: Short Stories Inspired by Photographs of Vacated Spaces Edited by Roelof Bakker Negative Press London, 2012 Reviewed by Sara Baume ‘Jesus loves me,’ said the man.  He had passed the … Continue reading

November 14, 2013 · 2 Comments

Review of Bio-Punk

Bio-Punk by various Comma Press, 2012 Reviewed by Aiden O’Reilly “We should worry about bio-error more than bio-terror. “ Comma Press has a reputation for boldly venturing where non-genre presses … Continue reading

October 28, 2013

Review of Ethel Rohan’s Goodnight Nobody by Diane Becker

Goodnight Nobody by Ethel Rohan Queen’s Ferry Press, 2013 Reviewed by Diane Becker “As soon as she’s organized, she walks onto the glass bridge and through the warm blue sky, … Continue reading

October 7, 2013 · 2 Comments

Review of Jonathan Pinnock’s Dot Dash, by Sara Baume

Dot Dash by Jonathan Pinnock Salt, 2012 Reviewed by Sara Baume “At that point he realised that what was wrong with the world was not that we didn’t talk to each … Continue reading

September 30, 2013 · 2 Comments

Review of Notes from a Turkish Whorehouse, by Philip Ó Ceallaigh

Notes from a Turkish Whorehouse by Philip Ó Ceallaigh Penguin, 2006 Reviewed by Rowena Macdonald ‘In that terrible city which wears you down there are women who know how to make things … Continue reading

September 9, 2013 · 1 Comment

Review of Damaged in Transit, by Mary Manning

Damaged in Transit by Mary Manning Spineless Wonders, 2012 Reviewed by Arja Salafranca “It has taken a huge effort to say the word love and she throws it away. I cried because … Continue reading

September 3, 2013

Review of We Live in Water, by Jess Walter

We Live in Water by Jess Walter Harper Perennial, February 2013 Reviewed by Scott Doyle There was a hum to her, a vibration—like a dropped guitar. (Don’t Eat Cat) The stories … Continue reading

August 26, 2013

Review of Tea at the Midland by David Constantine

Tea at the Midland by David Constantine Comma Press, 2012 Reviewed by AJ Kirby “The man in the kitchen garden was watering his beans. The water showed pure silver in the lowering … Continue reading

July 14, 2013 · 3 Comments


The Foxes Come at Night by Cees Nooteboom Maclehose Press, 2011 Reviewed by Tania Hershman Language is something you inherit, it’s never just you doing the talking, which helps when you’re … Continue reading

July 8, 2013

Review of The Stone Thrower by Adam Marek

The Stone Thrower by Adam Marek   Comma Press, 2012 Reviewed by Melissa Lee-Houghton ‘Wilkie put both hands flat on top of his head and gazed up the edifice of limbs. Many of … Continue reading

July 5, 2013 · 1 Comment