I Am Far From Amused By You by John Patrick Robbins

I Am Far From Amused By You Kill your muse and bury her with the past, and maybe then you will begin to realize. Nobody fuels the page. Love is absolute bullshit. Better suited for romance flicks and hallmark cards. And the fear of being alone drives more fools to marriage than missed periods and…

Godan Blood Harmony by Garret Schuelke (Part One)

Pain shot through Gareth’s face. He screamed, turned to the side, and covered his cheek. “You really have been pounding the bottle hard,” he heard someone above him say. He heard some slurping. “I could probably get drunk on your blood.” Gareth pulled his hand away. In the moonlight, he saw blood cover his palm….

Two Flutter Sonnets from Kristin Garth

Ballerina Ghost   Attempt to keep your eyelids closed beside your sister, faux repose, until you feel a pull of limbs, entreating your return to him. Outside again, inside a blink, beneath the full still moon, a haughty pink — how I have lost my mind,, you think. Though it is something else you seek…

Bedtime With The Wolf by Ian Lewis Copsetick

Bedtime With The Wolf I get out of a red hot bath, And due to the cold Shiver and shake like a Withdrawing alcoholic. Towel myself off as quickly As I possibly can. Get my Pyjamas on and slip into A nice warm bed. I pour Myself a strong drink, Light a cigarette and try…

Sibylline by Eoghan Lyng

Salman says “mercy is the key, considered as we are in the fun filled folly of polemity”.   Solemnly, I answered his call And all I found were the warring, Tolling shades of the pastoral bells.   Through hell I waved, a man made flag gave the empire’s pleasantries of insidious severance.   Masking the…

John Wisniweski interviews Dana King

JW: When did you begin writing, Dana? Did you write short stories?  DK: I did start with short stories, in 1993. I was in the process of getting divorce and what I had been calling my musical career was coming to a close. There was talk of a recent trumpet audition having been fixed, which…

Saved by the Soundtrack by K A Laity

I will probably never get over the feeling of missing out that comes from growing up in the hinterlands, far from where all the cool things start—even if that was never really true. But the big cities famed in song and story seem to be where everything breaks. I do recall the evening news spending…

Passed It by Ian Lewis Copestick

Middle age is beginning To sit comfortably upon My shoulders. I can handle The wrinkles, I’ve been Balding since my late Teens, I’ve never been What you might call a Looker, and looking Back over my youth I Don’t see much to miss. Of course age brings Its own problems and Difficulties, but acne, Sexual…

Elton Motello vs Plastic Bertrand

Elton Motello was the pseudonym of singer- songwriter Alan Ward who released the single ‘Jet Boy, Jet Girl’ on the Belgian record label Pinball in 1977. The exact same backing track was simultaneously used by the Belgian performer Plastic Bertrand – which was a pseudonym of musician, songwriter, producer, editor and television presenter Roger François…

Gerry and The Holograms

Manchester post-punk band Gerry and The Holograms – CP Lee and John Scott – released their debut single Meet The Dissidents on Absurd Records in 1979. The ‘theme song’ – ‘Gerry and The Holograms‘ – clearly served as a blueprint for New Order‘s mega-hit Blue Monday, though neither band seems to have admitted to this!…