Mr Whatever, Denise And Me by Ian Lewis Copestick

It must be getting on for 20 years ago now, but I’ll never forget it. I’d just been to score some smack, there was a McDonald’s not far from the dealer’s house so I decided to get a burger and a coffee before I got a taxi home. As I left the McDonald’s I heard…

Steve Ignorant by Paul Matts

  One of the most important aspects of the punk rock revolution was the liberation it provided. Liberation in music. Liberation in fashion. Liberation in art. It truly kicked open doors in the culture of the 1970s and ushered in a new dawn of excitement and opportunity for those willing and wanting to embrace it….

Following the money – or not… by Tess Makovesky

I loved the first two seasons of Danish crime drama Follow the Money. It was different, it was involving, the characters were fun but believable. So when I saw, a few weeks back, that season three was coming to BBC4, I could hardly wait. But in the end, it was a disappointment.   What was…

The ‘Spook’ Racket by K. A. Laity

  In William Lindsay Gresham’s Nightmare Alley and the film adaptation, Stan Carlisle starts out as a carnival mind-reader but soon his ambitions outstrip the penny-ante midway to head where the real cash awaits: ‘the spook racket’ as he calls it. People pay good money to talk to the dead. Whether for love or guilt,…

2 Poems from Matthew Borczon

Stanley My grandfather used to say that when you die you are re- incarnated on another planet and  we used  to laugh  at this idea until years later when I read that physicists have the same theory provable by math and now I think that maybe the universe is not so complicated maybe all you…

The Collared Kitten By Robert Alexander And Gabriella McCarthy

Synopsis   Crystal a twenty something escapee from a section arrives in London and is taken in by The Collared Kitten – a prestige club for discerning and a secret clientele. Picked by Robert Alexander to be his particular Kitten – over the space of 48 hours her life goes from penury to luxury. Both…

PORTRAIT OF THE ARTIST AS A CONSUMER: Erik Hofstatter

TELEVISION My freeview is a shrine to dust. A neglected mistress. I have zero interest in current affairs or majority of programmes. Pompous reality shows such as Love Island murder my brain cells. I prefer a box set binge. Historical and decadent shows like Deadwood, Spartacus, Rome, or Vikings. BOOKS Books are a whetstone for…

John Wisniewski interviews Robert Ragan

  JW: When did you start writing, Robert? RR: As a child I use to make up scary stories and drawing horrible pictures to go along with them. I won essay contests at school. When I was 19, I tried to write poetry every day, I did that for 10 years.   JW: Did you…

Finding his calling by Matthew Borczon

Barry had really wanted to be a priest, but he only got as far as learning the sympathetic handshake. The one with two hands and a gentle pat on the back of your hand. Soon after he joined the seminary he fell in love with a local girl who worked in the coffee shop he…