Issues

Thomas van Essen

Thomas van Essen is a philosophy and literature undergrad at the Swinburne University of Technology. An avid reader of speculative fiction...

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Marnie Reid reflects about our fiction in issue six.  

Good historical fiction draws the reader into a world from the past, bringing to life events, characters and lessons that often ring true...

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Anne Casey reflects on Issue Six.

“The road is full of perfume. Urine. Bile. Death.” These nine initial words from Jayant Kashyap’s poem ‘History’ in this issue...

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History

By Jayant Kashyap *   The road is full of perfume. Urine. Bile. Death. People walk the road, up and down, in high boots, heads...

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Historically Sensible

by Kevin Higgins   You knew for a fact, they’d never allow a pair of mad eyes with a pistol near the Emperor and his wife; and...

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A Novel Excerpt from Pelagia’s Healing Therapies

by Carol Major. Dian Wellfare is the founder of Origins, an organisation lobbying on behalf of birth mothers who relinquished babies for...

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Born to the Wrong City.

by Samantha Pena Roshier ‘That’s the thing, Mary. They’ll tell you love is the most beautiful thing on earth and then they’ll...

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NEON LURE

By Reece Pye The next thing he remembers, after the bitch spat in his eye, is face planting on the footpath. There is a dull ringing in...

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Beelzebub asks the virtuoso of sadism for advice
(from Satan Repentant)

By Michael Aiken   Beelzebub fallen to disease, absent himself willfully, to muster some inkling, some new insight born of nothing...

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Sometimes the Alligator Gets to Write the Ending

By Jack B. Bedell     My daughter has been watching the news every night this week, anxious for word   on the soccer team...

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I’m Hiding.

by Savannah White. ‘Hush now, Lucas.’ A flash of light shone through the cracks of timber; Mama smiles at me before the light...

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Our inaugural podcast with Katya de Becerra.

Oscar O’Neil-Pugh speaks to Katya de Becerra....

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The Woes of Witchcraft

By Larissa Dubrowsky-Ryan Ukraine 1880 When Agraphena arrived, Nina was lying on the rough hay bed, her face pale. Sweat pooled the sheet...

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The Dead Have No Voice

By Reece Pye  Ever since the passing of his dearly beloved Edina, the only woman his now crippled heart had ever cared for, the days...

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L’Inconnue de la Seine

By Cheryl Pearson In the late 1880’s, the body of a young woman was pulled from the Seine. The pathologist at the Paris Morgue was so...

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Paper Stone Circles

By Paul Casey stone turns to paper in her eye as she filters cycles of light into circles of paper stones her eye is a stone circle a...

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For Pointing at the Sun

by Paul Casey.   1. Just as the pillars meet a mile above the architrave A sky splinter plummets to puncture the floodplain A standing...

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For Helen

By Brian Jerrold Koester     The deepest blue-burgundy you will ever see in stained glass, that is the colour of my love for you...

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On the Boat

By Jane Clarke   On the boat we were mostly virgins, we talked about who we were going to be – waitresses, seamstresses,...

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coming out backstory

By Sandra Renew     1933 lifelong partners charismatic lives           no mention of the other in orbituary Stella was a...

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Indian Fever

By Marley Stuart    If you asked Karo, he would tell you that he loved his younger sister right from the beginning. He was terrible...

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Interview with Kristina Olsson.

You’ve said in the past that you felt writing chose you. Where did it all begin for you and what motivated you to pursue writing? As a...

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Review of Columbine’s Tale by Rachel Nightingale

 by Savannah White “…Swayed by her passion, the Creator granted her wish. The star was born in human form and lived a human life. All...

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Book Review of Carol Lefevre’s The Happiness Glass

Reviewed by Angela Wauchop “For years she had imagined these plants belonged to the animal kingdom: hippopotamus; rhinoceros; agapanthus....

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Frida Kahlo Visits Ballinasloe

By Nuala O’Connor   Frida Kahlo likes to walk in colour, but she is hard-pushed on Society Street.   We wander together up...

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The Darmstadt Year

by Cynthia D. Nelson   The Darmstadt Year               I read out the sign at our new base:            ...

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Calcium

by Anne Elvey   baíte tipiche         typical huts formaggio            cheese taleggio   ...

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An Afterlife of Stone

by Jenny Blackford The lumpy wrinkled flesh of some great ancient beast a woolly mammoth or elasmothere lies mummified beside the Hume...

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NINETY SECONDS!

By Goldie Alexander.   Brett is setting himself up in the middle of Station Street where anyone driving past will see him. He’s brought...

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Samhain

by Patrick Stack   A long way off Through fog that veils all else Faint voice is heard So faint no mortal ear Can catch the pitch Save...

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