Issues

The hand that pulled the trigger

By Duncan Richardson   The officer in charge of the firing squad knows he was the one who killed the Ceausescu’s because his...

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Genghis

By Duncan Richardson   When the great Khan died legend tells   they buried him on the plain and gathered a swarm of horses  ...

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Sylvia: the movie

By Duncan Richardson   England – February 1963   The worst winter in memory pipes and birds were freezing heaters gave up...

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Empires of mist

By Duncan Richardson   Suleyman the Magnificent* twice bereaved found solace in poetry for a while then war dying in the field on his...

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The Philosopher’s Stone

By Duncan Richardson   Eager pilgrims seek out the Great Philosopher 1898   Let us go and see Herr Nietzsche sitting by the...

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Witch, Nun, Scholar

By Eloise Faichney   i. Witch   Am I to spend my days locked in the longing of my namesake?   I am a ghost of knife and...

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Baba Yaga

By Eloise Faichney   Your walking-hut1, witchmother, hides in the forest of the Tsar. You; ambiguity personified with bony legs and...

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Diábolos

By Eloise Faichney   You still do not understand what I have seen, Padre. These rosaries will not save us now, nor these prayers; we...

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Untitled Poem

By Christina Aitken Spots of crimson dance in the breeze Below, the swollen, shuddering sea bears hopeful young men to war Standing in rows...

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Review: Inside Tokyo’s Shadows ‘People Who Eat Darkness’ by Richard Lloyd Parry

By Teuila Krause People Who Eat Darkness is the true story of British woman Lucie Blackman, who was reported missing back in July 2000 from...

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Review: Malcolm X: The Voice That Feared None ‘The Autobiography of Malcolm X’ as told to Alex Haley

By Teuila Krause February 21st 1965, New York City – Minister El-Hajj Malik El-Shabazz, more commonly known as Malcolm X, is...

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Review: The Flame Eater by Barbara Gaskell Denvil

By Senaj Alijevski The Flame Eater by Barbara Gaskell Denvil is a historical fiction novel set in Medieval London that offers the reader a...

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Review: On the Trail of the Yorks

By Tina Tsironis   In her previous book, The World of Richard III, author Kristie Dean focused squarely on the controversial last king...

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Review: In the Footsteps of the Six Wives of Henry VIII by Sarah Morris and Natalie Grueninger

By Andy Goss Henry VIII must be England’s most examined monarch. But although his was a pivotal reign, his celebrity has little to do...

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Alex Miller

Backstory’s Issue Two will feature an interview with award winning author, Alex Miller. Alex Miller’s eleventh novel, Coal...

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Booktown’s Boulton Ghosts

By Louise Wilson © Louise Wilson, 6 May 2016. The small Victorian town of Clunes has become famous in recent years as Australia’s...

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The Atlantic U-boat campaign of World War I

By Andy Goss “There must be a beginning of any great matter, but the continuing unto the end until it be thoroughly finished yields the...

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Senaj Alijevski

Senaj Alijevski is a Sub-editor of Backstory journal and is studying Professional Writing and Editing at Swinburne University. She is a...

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Abby Claridge

Abby Claridge is a Sub-editor at Backstory journal. She has changed more than she thought possible in that last 20 years, but a constant in...

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James Palmer

James Palmer is an Editor at Backstory Journal. He is a Melbourne based writer, editor, and fertilizer salesman. Knee-deep in his Bachelor...

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