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….

Recommended Reads: Swierczynski, Lauden, Black.

Canary by Duane Swierczynski A teenage girl is arrested by the police and becomes an informant. Fast moving, smart, funny and touching, Canary is an action-packed joy. That’ll Be The Day: A Power Pop Heist by SW Lauden Straight out of the slammer, a former musician sets out to steal a rare Beatles single. Pistol…

3 Poems by Dane Smith

I ACHE I ache. Headache from cheap wine,arms hurt frompushing myself up time and again,back spasmsfrom fucking heragainst the wall,her legs wrappedaround my back,arms tight about my necklike I was life itselfshe was holding onto. These are my pains.Not so terrible,not so bad that I will refuse to existnot so cruelthat I cannot laugh at tender-heartedassholes who want to change me.A…

Fighting The Odds by Ian Copestick

When you’re trying To be a writer, and Things aren’t going Your way, it can Sometimes feel that Nobody else has been Through the same Kind of Hell that you Are traversing. Last Night I read for the First time Saroyan And his “Daring Young Man…” It helps to know That there have Been more….

The Bear By Gareth Spark

A Polar Bear roamed one night in the woods behind Whitby. Here’s the story: the explorer Scoresby brought a bear cub back from one of his travels to the frozen north and chained the beast beneath Spital Bridge where it grew fat on a diet of captured seagulls, fish heads and whatever stray critters it…

4 Poems by Brian Rihlmann

NOT A PEEP men who believe manhood is taking it all whatever they throw at you without making a peep— abuse humiliation 90 hour work weeks even war… war against the enemies of soft cunts in suits with clean hands with full bellies and wallets and blood drenched souls men who swallow bitterness like double…

10 Poems by Ryan Quinn Flanagan

Stick   He pulled it out and it was homemade like a pie.   The cold metal end of a screwdriver and the handle fat with tape.   The other combatant backed off when he saw it, but he was backed into an alley with no escape.   Forced to play matador to a charging…

John Wisniewski interviews Tom Leins

How did you begin writing, Tom? I believe you were a film critic before you started writing books? I started writing fiction in around 2002 – half a lifetime ago – and my first ever short story, ‘The Box’, was included in an anthology by a UK publisher called Skrev the following year. I notched…

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…