Category: Fantasy

‘A Passport to a Nation of Talking Slugs and Other Stories’ by Andrew Kozma

A Passport to a Nation of Talking Slugs and Other Stories This is a collection of speculative fiction exploring unfamiliar landscapes and strange characters. The title story (A Passport to a Nation of Talking Slugs), is, in my opinion, the best of these and shows off the author’s clever use of language as well as…

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‘Ragged Souls’ by Ernesto San Giacomo

Ragged Souls A collection of quirky, supernatural tales that explore the dark side of the human psyche. In ‘A Purveyor of Odd Things’, we meet a plodding but hard-working detective who sets out to solve a puzzling phenomenon. Then there’s the two sisters in ‘Martha’s Kitchen’ who long for the old days when the members…

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‘For Weeds Will Grow’ by David Six

For Weeds Will Grow After thirteen-year-old Danny Noble and his best pal find a body in a storm culvert, some pretty weird stuff starts to happen in the young lad’s life. Maybe seeing a corpse has messed with his head, but Danny knows normal kids don’t see things that aren’t there, and the stuff he’s…

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‘Confronting the Hostile’ by Joy Mutter

Confronting the Hostile Retired Irish cop John and young DCI Damon become the unlucky recipients of Joe and Tile X – two deadly bathroom tiles whose hideous demands on the unfortunate men seem unstoppable. Forced to hand over the names of individuals for the deadly tiles to slaughter (in a variety of interesting ways), the…

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‘The Enemy Within’ by Scott Burn

The Enemy Within Teenage outsider Max can’t deal with the chaos going on inside his own head, but after a failed suicide attempt he finds himself in an institution. Realising his ‘visions’ aren’t necessarily signs of insanity, he learns he’s not the only one who can see them. When three young people with similar abilities…

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‘Weird: A Henry Ian Darling Oddity’ by Julie Elizabeth Powell

Weird: A Henry Ian Darling Oddity This is the first in a series of stories concerning the title character – Henry Ian Darling – and his adventures. The words ‘quirky’ and imaginative’ sprang to mind as I devoured this witty and distinctive tale. Having said that, when I reached the end, I wasn’t entirely sure…

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