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April/May 2012



New Sudden Fiction edited by Robert Shaphard and James Thomas

Litmus, Stories from Modern Science edited by Ra Page

True Surrealism by Christopher Klim

Cape Code Noir edited by David L Ulin

London 33: Boroughs, Stories: Vol 1 East by Various Authors

Short Dark Oracles by Sara Levine

It Was Just, Yesterday by Mirja Unge

Smoke and Other Early Stories by Djuna Barnes

Alice by Judith Hermann

From The Umberplatzen by Susan Tepper

Things We Didn’t See Coming by Steven Amsterdam



Steven Amsterdam

Susan Tepper

Sara Levine

Christopher Klim


March 2012


Willesden Herald New Short Stories 5 edited by Stephen Moran

Three Stories by Ken Kalfus

The Burning Plain by Juan Rolfo

Something Was There: Asham Award-Winning Ghost Stories edited by Kate Pullinger

For His Warriors by Rob Mimpriss

Household Worms by Stanley Donwood

Red Velvet and Absinthe edited by Mitzi Szereto

The Queen’s Margarine by Wendy Perriam

Bristol Short Story Prize Anthology Vol. 4

Somewhere in Minnesota by Orhflaith Foyle


Orfhlaith Foyle

Wendy Perriam

Stanley Donwood

Rob Mimpriss

Ken Kalfus

February 2012


This Is Not Your City by Caitlin Horrocks

The Doll: Short Stories by Daphne du Maurier

Fugues on A Funny Bone by Jan Woolf

[Refuge]e by Adnan Mahmutovic

Speak to Strangers by Gemma Seltzer

Stories: All New Tales edited by Neil Gaiman and Al Sarrantonio

All the Roads That Lead From Home by Anne Leigh Parrish

The Louisiana Purchase by Jim Goar

Top of the Sixties by David Ayres

This Cake Is For The Party by Sarah Selecky


Sarah Selecky

David Ayres

Jim Goar

Anne Leigh Parrish

Gemma Seltzer

Caitlin Horrocks

January 2012


Chattering: Stories by Louise Stern

Suspended Heart by Heather Fowler

Fragmented by Jeremy Worman

The Physics of Imaginary Objects by Tina May Hall

The Best Australian Short Stories: a Ten Year Collection

The New Uncanny edited by Sarah Eyre and Ra Page

Switch Bitch by Roald Dahl

Why Willows Weep edited by Tracy Chevalier

Travelling Light by Tove Janssen

Short Stories: English and Irish Authors Read Their Own Work (audio)


Tracy Chevalier

Tina May Hall

Jeremy Worman

Heather Fowler

December 2011


The Butterfly Man and Other Stories by Paul Kane

Blind Swimmer by All the Eibonvale Authors

Nine Stories by J D Salinger

The Necessity of Certain Behaviors by Shannon Cain

Like Life by Lorrie Moore

The Silver Wind by Nina Allan

We’re Getting On by James Kaelan

You Know When the Men Are Gone by Siobhan Fallon

Dutch Treatment by D E Fredd

Never Trust A Rabbit by Jeremy Dyson


D E Fredd

Siobhan Fallon

Nina Allan

Shannon Cain

Paul Kane

November 2011


Women Aloud produced by Ian Skillicorn

The Bride Stripped Bare by Rachel Kendall

The Best British Short Stories 2011 edited by Nicholas Royle

What Doesn’t Kill You… edited by Murray Dunlap and Kevin Morgan Watson

I’m With the Bears: Stories From a Damaged Planet edited by Mark Martin

Gold Boy, Emerald Girl by Yiyun Li

Best European Fiction 2012 edited by Aleksander Hemon

Nineteen Seventysomething by Barry Divola

Best European Fiction 2010 edited by Aleksander Hemon

Paris Metro Tales
translated and edited by Helen Constantine


Barry Divola

Yiyun Li

Rachel Kendall

October 2011


Attention Please Now by Matthew Pitt

The Mammoth Book of Best British Crime edited by Maxim Jakubowski

Fog Gorgeous Stag by Sean Lovelace

Storm Warning by Vanessa Gebbie

Farthing House and Other Stories by Susan Hill

Sharp Sticks Driven Nails edited by Philip O Ceallaigh

Walk The Blue Fields by Claire Keegan

What I Didn’t See by Karen Joy Fowler

I Smell Blood by Ralph Robert Moore

Pee on Water by Rachel B Glaser


Rachel B Glaser

Ralph Robert Moore

Karen Joy Fowler

Vanessa Gebbie

Sean Lovelace

Matthew Pitt

September 2011


Solid Gold: The Very Best Short Fiction From Gold Dust Magazine edited by David Gardiner

Quiet Americans by Erika Dreifus

Aphrodite’s Hat by Salley Vickers

Corpus Christi by Bret Anthony Johnson

Island: Collected Stories by Alistair MacLeod

Cold Hand in Mine by Robert Aickman

Looking for Jake by China Miéville

Starlings by Erinna Mettler

Flashes From the Other World by Julie Ann Weinstein

The Collected Stories of Carol Emswhiller



Carol Emshwiller

Julie Ann Weinstein

Erinna Mettler

China Miéville

Bret Anthony Johnson

Salley Vickers

Erika Dreifus

July/August 2011


A Visit From the Goon Squad by Jennifer Egan

From Dark Places by Emma Newman

Color Plates by Adam Golaski

With One Eye Open by Polly Frost

Giraffes in Hiding: The Mythical Memoirs of Carol Novack by Carol Novack

Binocular Vision: New and Selected Stories by Edith Pearlman

Pomegranate Stories by Gay Degani

Mr Fox by Helen Oyeyemi

Memory Wall by Anthony Doerr

A Book of Blues by Courttia Newland


Courttia Newland

Anthony Doerr

Helen Oyeyemi

Gay Degani

Edith Pearlman

Carol Novack

Polly Frost

Adam Golaski

Emma Newman

June 2011

Reviews Interviews

March 2010

reviewsComplete Storiesby Flannery O’ConnorWhen I Changed: Science into Fictionedited by Geoff RymanThe Penguin Book of Contemporary New Zealand Storiesedited by Paula Morris

Why the Long Face?by Ron MacLean’68: New Stories from Children of the Revolutionedited by Nicholas RoyleA Famine in Newcastleby Ryan O’Neill

Anthropologyby Dan Rhodes
The Bohemian Girlby Willa Cather

The Feaster from Afar and Other Ghastly Inhabitatantsby Joseph Payne BrennanCollectedStories by Janice Galloway
interviewsJanice GallowayGeoff RymanRon MacLeanRyan O’NeillDan Rhodes

Feb 2010

reviewsStories in the Key of C Minorby Russell BittnerGreenflyby Tom LeeFeeding Straysby Stefanie Freele

Ox Tales: Air Fire Earth Waterby VariousEaster Rabbitby Joseph YoungFriends & Fajitasby Betty Serra-Rojas

Davy Byrnes Stories
Selling Their Childhoodsby James Buchanan

The Real Louiseby Ailsa Cox145 Stories in a Small Box by Deb Olen Unferth, Sarah Manguso, Dave Eggers
interviewsAilsa CoxJames BuchananBetty Serra-RojasJoseph YoungStefanie FreeleTom LeeRussell Bittner

Jan 2010

reviewsAnd Then We Saw the Flamesby Daniel A. HoytThe Madman of Freedom Squareby Hassan BlasimRuins and Relicsby Alice Zorn

The Body of this
by Andrew McNabb
Dance of the Happy Shadesby Alice MunroForgetting Englishby Midge Raymond

Tales of the Decongested Vol. 2
Ten Little Indiansby Sherman Alexie

Town of Fiction  by the Atlantic CollectiveWhat Becomes by A L Kennedy
interviewsA L KennedyMidge RaymondAndrew McNabbAlice ZornHassan BlasimDaniel A. Hoyt

Dec 09

reviewsFreedom anthologyby Amnesty InternationalEbb and Flowby Lorna PageIslington Crocodilesby Paul Meloy

Discovering a Comet and More Micro-fiction
A Book of Endingsby Deborah BiancottiTypewriterby JImmy Chen

Pretty Monstersby Kelly LInk
Roll Up for the Arabian Derbyby Susan Wicks

Home of the Braveedited by Jefferey HessTruth and Other Fictions by Eva Tihanyi
interviewsEva TihanyiKelly LinkJimmy ChenDeborah BiancottiPaul MeloyLorna Page

Nov 09

reviewsCern Zooedited by D F LewisFighting Itby Regi ClaireIn All Probabilityby Steve Morris

Animalby Alexandra LeggatDead Boysby Richard LangeNow Playingby Shellie Zacharia

Dead Iraqisby Ellis Sharp
The World Outside the Windowedited by E. Don Harpe

Grace, Tamar and Laszlo the Beautiful by Deborah Kay DaviesNothing that Meets the Eye by Patricia Highsmith
interviewsDeborah Kay DaviesRegi ClaireRichard Lange Alexandra LeggatSteve MorrisEllis SharpShellie Zacharia

Oct 09

reviewsOne of These Things is Not Like the Other by Stephanie JohnsonBeing Normal by Stephen ShieberHow Some People Like Their Eggs by Sean LovelaceLove Begins in Winter by Simon Van BooyThe Other End of the Rainbow by David GardinerNude by Nuala Ni ChonchúirPaint a Vulgar Picture: Fiction Inspired by the Smiths edited by Peter WildDrift and Swerve by Samuel LigonInstruction Manual For Swallowing by Adam Marek

Personal Velocity by Rebecca Miller

interviewsAdam MarekSamuel LigonPeter WildNuala Ni ChonchúirDavid Gardiner Sean Lovelace Stephen ShieberStephanie JohnsonSimon Van Booy

Sep 09

reviewsAs Rivers Flow by John SaulCold to the Touch by Simon StranzasThe Serial Garden by Joan AikenWhen I Always Wanted Something by Carole Glasser LangilleRepetition Patterns by Ben TanzerFalse Relations by Michelene WandorOne World anthologyDonut Holes by Matty StanfieldDamaged Goods by Deborah Bostock-Kelley

The Cult of Quick Repaid by Dede Crane

interviewsDede CraneDeborah Bostock-KelleyMatty StanfieldBen TanzerCarole Glasser LangilleSimon StranzasJohn SaulMichelene Wandor

Aug 09

reviewsLife in the Universe by Michael J. FarrellMechanics Institute Review 5 by Various Nature’s Magician by Anthony CropperThe Turing Test by Chris BeckettLiar, Liar by Alan McMonagleThe Floating Order by Erin PringleBest New Zealand Fiction Vol. 5 edited by Owen MarshallAn Elegy for Easterly by Petina GappahPolyglot: Stories of the West’s Wet Edge by Wendy Marcus

The model Millionaire by Oscar Wilde

interviewsWendy MarcusPetina GappahErin PringleAlan McMonagleChris BeckettAnthony CropperMichael J Farrell

July 09

reviewsBallistics by Alex KeeganVisiting Hours edited by Dan WickettSee You Next Tuesday: The Second Coming edited by Steven CoyWomen Up on Blocks by Mary Akers50 Rooms by Jason Allen ColeThe Penguin Book of Gaslight Crime edited by Michael SimsTender by Mark IllisPunk Fiction edited by Janine BullmanCriminal Tendencies by Various

Park Stories by Ali Smith, Sheena Mackay, William Boyd, Nicola Barker, Hanan al Shaykh, Clare Wigfall, Will Self

interviewsDaniyal MueenuddinMary AkersMark IllisJason Allan ColeAlex Keegan

June 09

reviewsEast of Here, Close to Water by Josephine RoweGreen and Unpleasant Land by the InkermenHeiroglyphics by Anne DonovanHow the Broken Lead the Blind by Matt BellThe First Person and Other Stories by Ali SmithDown to a Sunless Sea by Mathias B. FreeseThe Boat by Nam LeThe National Virginity Pledge by Barry GrahamRainy Pavements by Pat Jourdan

In Other Rooms, Other Wonders by Daniyal Mueenuddin

interviewsPat JourdanBarry GrahamMathias B FreeseAnne DonovanMatt BellJosephine Rowe

April/May 09

reviewsBig World by Mary Miller

Our Story Begins by Tobias WolffEclipses by Kiril BozhinovBest Gay Romance 2009 edited by Richard LabonteNothing Like an Ocean by Jim TomlinsonUnlucky Lucky Days by Daniel GrandboisLast Night by James SalterCreatures of the Earth by John McGahernA little Javanese by Andre MangeotBabylon and Other Stories by Alix Ohlin
interviewsAlix OhlinAndre MangeotDaniel GrandboisJim TomlinsonKiril BozhinovMary Miller

March 09

reviewsEveryday by Lee RourkeIn the Devil’s Territory by Kyle MinorChurch Booty by Carol ManleyMichael Martone by Michael MartoneKafka in Bronteland by Tamar YellinRancho Weirdo by Laura ChesterRemember Love by Jody LisbergerTouching the Monkey edited by Theodore Q. RorschalkAlternative Medicine by Laura Solomon

Cello and Other Stories by Frances Thimann

interviewsMichael MartoneFrances ThimannJody LisbergerLaura SolomonLee RourkeCarol ManleyTamar YellinLaura ChesterKyle Minor

Feb 09

reviewsThings that Pass for Love by Allison AmendLet’s Call the Whole Thing Off edited by Kasia Boddy, Ali Smith and Sarah WoodA Happy Man by Axel ThormahlenOne More Year by Sana KrasikovOld Devil Moon by Christopher FowlerMad to Live by Randall BrownKissed By by Alexandra ChasinGetting Even: Revenge Stories edited by Mitzi SzeretoTwisted Tales III: Pure Fear edited by J. Richard JacobsDrinking Coffee Elsewhere by Z Z Packer interviewsAlexandra ChasinRandall BrownChristopher FowlerMitzi SzeretoSana KrasikovAxel ThormahlenAllison Amend

Jan 09

reviewsSongs of Insurgency by Spencer DewVanilla Bright Like Eminem by Michel FaberRoad of Five Churches by Stephanie DickinsonThe Scent of Cinnamon by Charles LambertMeans of Escape by Hugh BrodyInterfictions edited by Delia Sherman and Theodora GossBarnacle Love by Anthony De SaWhat Gets Into Us by Moira CroneWifeshopping by Steven WingateBucket of Frogs edited by Liz Niven and Brian Wittingham interviewsMoira CroneSteven WingateAnthony De SaHugh BrodyStephanie DickinsonCharles LambertSpencer Dew

Dec 08

reviewsLedra Street by Nora NadjarianNew York Echoes by Warren AdlerSpace Magic by David D. LevineAs In Music by Kathy PageNight Train by Lise ErdrichMonths and Seasons by Christopher MeeksDial M for Monkey by Adam MaxwellDirty Girls edited by Rachel Kramer BussellThe Ladies of Grace Adieu by Susanna ClarkeThe Past Through Tomorrow by Robert A. Heinlein interviewsAdam Maxwell

Christopher Meeks
Lise Erdrich
Kathy Page

David D. Levine

Warren Adler

Nora Nadjarian

Nov 08

reviewsUgly Stories for Beautiful People by James BurrMama’s Boy and Other Dark Tales by Fran FrielLet’s Be Alone Together edited by Declan MeadeInsects are Just Like You and Me Except Some of them Have Wings by Kuzhali ManickavelA Different Kind of Love by Jay MandalOh Don’t You Cry for Me by Philip ShirleyBroken Doll by Neil CampbellYoung Irelanders by Gerard DonovanUnwelcome Bodies by Jennifer PellandUnaccustomed Earth by Jhumpa Lahir interviewsJennifer Pelland Gerard DonovanNeil Campbell Philip ShirleyJay Mandal Kuzhali ManickavelJames BurrFran Friel

Oct 08

reviewsGod Lives in St Petersburg by Tom BIssell

Love Does Not Make me Gentle or Kind by Chavisa WoodsWasteland: Stories of the Apocalype edited by John Joseph AdamsIn a Bear’s Eye by Yannick MurphyMigration Patterns by Gary SchanbacherTiny Deaths by Robert ShearmanThe Theory of Light and Matter by Andrew PorterBinding Energy by Daniel MarcusNew World Order by Derek GreenM is for Magic by Neil Gaiman
interviewsYannick MurphyDerek GreenDaniel MarcusAndrew PorterRobert Shearman
Gary Schanbacher

Yannick Murphy

Chavisa Woods

Tom Bissell

Sep 08

reviewsI Could Ride All day in my Cool Blue Train by Peter HobbsThe Devil’s Larder by Jim CraceWinter Hands by Annie ClarksonEarthFutures by Guy DaunceyIn the Land of the Free by Geoffrey ForsythBristol Short Story Prize Anthology 2008Silent Girl by Tricia DowerRefresh, Refresh by Benjamin PercyGalileo’s Children edited by Gardner DozoisClose Encounters by Jen Michalski interviewsClare Wigfall Jen Michalski Benjamin PercyTricia Dower Geoffrey ForsythAnnie ClarksonPeter Hobbs

Aug 08

reviewsEmerge: New Australian WritingThe Solaris Book of New Science Fiction Vol 2 edited by George MannBrace edited by JIm HinksTransported by Tim JonesThe End of the World by Paddy O’ReillyDangerous Laughter by Steven Millhauser Loud Sparrows: Contemporary Chinese Short-shortsFamous Fathers and other stories by Pia Z. EhrhardtHuman Is? by Philip K. DickMayor of the Roses by Marianne Villanueva  interviewsMarianne VillanuevaPia Z. Ehrhardt Steven MIllhauserPaddy O’ReillyTim Jones

July 08

reviewsWords from a Glass Bubble by Vanessa GebbieWillful Creatures by Aimee BenderButton, Button by Richard MathesonTaking Pictures by Anne EnrightBonne Route edited by Ian Daley29 Ways to Drown by Niki AguirreFragile Things by Neil GaimanBest American Stories 2007 edited by Heidi Pitlor, Stephen KingSea Stories by VariousBody Parts: An Anatomy of Love by Richard Bardsley interviewsRichard BardsleyNiki Aguirre

Vanessa GebbieAimee Bender

June 08

reviewsRyan Seacrest is Famous by Dave Housley13 Phantasms by James Blaylock Balancing on the Edge of the World by Elizabeth BainesThe Cusp of Something by Jai ClareHow They Met by David Levithan18 Truths and 3 Lies: 2007 StoryQuarterly AnnualYou Have Time for This edited by Mark Budman and Mark HazukaBodies in Motion by MaryAnne MohanrajThe Dream Lover by William Boyd Apologies Forthcoming by Xujun Eberlein interviews

Xujun Eberlein
MaryAnne Mohanraj

David Levithan
Jai ClareElizabeth Baines

Dave Housley

May 08

reviewsThe Fantastic Book of Everybody’s Secrets by Sophie HannahPerverted by Language: Fiction Inspired by the Fall edited by Peter Wild Bang Crunch by Neil SmithInvisible Cities by Italo CalvinoCheating at Canasta by William TrevorFor the Relief of Unbearable Urges by Nathan Englander Dangerous Space by Kelley Eskridge Phobic edited by Andy MurrayCrimini: The Bitter Lemon Book of Italian Crime Fiction edited by Giancarlo de CataldoWhy the Devil Chose New England for His Work interviewsCristina HenriquezJason Brown Kelley EskridgeNeil SmithSophie Hannah

April 08

reviewsAmerican Cool by Susan DiPlacidoThe Wow Signal by Patrick ChapmanThe Birthday of the World by Ursula K. Le GuinThe Stories of Ray Bradbury Vol.2Ten Journeys Through the Unknown by Heather BeckSt Lucy’s Home for Girls Raised by Wolved by Karen RussellLogorrhea: Good Words Make Good Stories edited by John KlimaBest of Best American Erotica 2008 edited by Susie BrightMidnight Convoy and Other Stories by S. YizharBack Burning by Sylvia Petter interviewsSylvia PetterHeather BeckPatrick ChapmanSusan DiPlacido

March 08

reviewsAll Over by Roy Kesey

Under Compulsion by Thomas M. DischThe Wind Across The Grass by Nuala Ni ChonchúirBlack Tickets by Jayne Anne PhillipsSome New Ambush by Carys DaviesThe Turning by Tim WintonThere are Little Kingdoms by Kevin BarryThe Secret Files of the Diogenes Club by Kim NewmanThe Book of Other People edited by Zadie SmithPassport to Crime edited by Janet Hutchings
interviewsKim NewmanKevin BarryCarys DaviesJayne Anne PhillipsNuala Ni ChonchúirRoy Kesey

Feb 08

reviewsAromabingo by David Gaffney

Leading the Dance by Sarah SalwayOther Stories and Other Stories by Ali SmithBest American Mystery Stories 2007Barcelona Plates by Alexei SayleThe Norton Book of Science FictionMy Mistress’ Sparrow is Dead edited by Jeffrey EugenidesLater, At the Bar by Rebecca BarryThe Deportees by Roddy DoyleMusic for the Off-Key by Courttia Newland
interviewsCourttia NewlandRebecca Barry
Sarah Salway
David Gaffney

Jan 08

reviewsThe Ballad of the Sad Cafe by Carson McCullersHeavier than Air by Nona CaspersWalking the Labrynth by Brian GeorgeAstral Bodies by Jay MerillTwo Tall Tales and One Short Novel by Heidi James, Kay Sexton, Lucy FryThe Complete Short Stories of JG Ballard Breaking it Down by Rusty BarnesThe Third Shore: Women’s Fiction from East Central EuropeIn Dreams Begin Responsibilities by Delmore SchwartzID Crimes of Identity edited by Martin Edwards interviewsRusty Barnes

Brian George

Nona Caspers

Dec 07


You are Here edited by Bill Broady and Jane Metcalfe

15 Modern Tales of Attraction by Alison MacLeod

Tales of Galicia by Andrzej Stasiuk

Come Together Fall Apart by Cristina Henriquez

The Collected Short Stories of Katherine Mansfield

Self Help by Lorrie Moore

Magic for Beginners by Kelly Link

The Sky is a Well by Claudia Smith

The Loudest Sound and Nothing by Clare Wigfall

The Sleepers Almanacinterviews

Clare Wigfall

Claudia Smith

Cristina Henriquez

Alison MacLeod

Nov 07


A Faker’s Dozen by Melvin Jules Bukiet

McSweeney’s Enchanted Chamber of Astonishing Stories

Family Connections by Chrissie Gittins

Heavy Glow Flash Fiction Anthology

The Complete Short Stories of Muriel Spark

No-one Belongs Here More Than You by Miranda Julyinterviews

Chrissie Gittins

New Sudden Fictionedited by Robert Shaphard and James ThomasLitmus, Stories from Modern Scienceedited by Ra PageTrue Surrealism by Christopher Klim

Cape Code Noir edited by David L Ulin

London 33: Boroughs, Stories: Vol 1 East

by Various AuthorsShort Dark Oracles by Sara Levine

It Was Just, Yesterday by Mirja UngeSmoke and Other Early Stories by Djuna BarnesAlice by Judith Hermann

From The Umberplatzen
by Susan Tepper
Things We Didn’t See Coming by Steven Amsterdam
interviewsSteven AmsterdamSusan TepperSara LevineChristopher Klim

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