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Blue, Unpleasant Land published 08/05/2015

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“It’s as if the map of England has been dyed, as if someone put something in the water, or put a new pair of jeans in to wash with the rest of the laundry. It’ll never come out, you think, as you hang it all out to dry in your garden, blue. You look at your hands, stained blue, rub your face with your wrist, blue. Only the sky remains grey. (What’s grey again? Oh, yes: other. God, it seems, remains independent.)”

#GE2015fiction by Jonathan Gibbs

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YOU WOULDN’T LIKE ME WHEN I’M DISAPPOINTED published

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“When disappointment starts to suffocate, the facility advises foisting. Grab disappointment (by the apron if possible). If foisting not working, call 999 (have your medical insurance details to hand). ”

New #GE2015 fiction, by Rachel Genn.

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Claire published

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“It had been a double shift. Sixteen hours in pumps, mopping vomit, suturing wounds. She’d wrestled a broken WKD bottle off a drunk.

She caught the 5.09am out of the city. They passed the suburbs where the lawns were clipped and porches had pillars. Through the estates. She got home after six and looked in on him.”

New #GE2105 fiction by Benjamin Myers.

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B. Willow published 29/09/2014

“I might employ this shiv to stab through, but B. Willow’s innards are leathern—its innards. I lie back. Are there innards beneath this pitch? It’s a sap-sheet set at ten watts, somehow, so I’m writing in it. ”

New fiction by Joseph Spece, with art by Tahnee Lonsdale.

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How to Avoid the Cardinal Sins published 16/12/2013

Men cannot mend the Lapse of Man. It remains to us Mortals to obey the Lord, keep to the Ten Commandments, guard against Sin and avoid Sinners. I hereby propose a Method of purging Sin: a non-medicinal Nostrum and Prophylactic in one, potent until the Day of Reckoning. Though it bears not the Church’s Imprimatur, I guarantee its salubrious Effects on the Conscience. Judge for yourself whether it be of any Use—if it be, promote it every which Way, by Word of Mouth and in Print.

By S.D. Chrostowska

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Horizontal Transmission published 13/07/2013

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Like lavender she is suited to extreme conditions, expert drainage and the appreciation of a romantic’s nose.

By Rebecca Hattersley.

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Planning an Atlantic Funeral published 07/07/2013

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The Atlantic of my memory loves the moon the best.

By Hugh Sheehy.

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Three Stories published 06/06/2013

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You can’t kill yourself. The roach powder is getting into your brain. Get out of here! Leave. The blinds don’t matter. You can leave. You have fulfilled the terms. You don’t feel fulfilled, but, formally, there is fulfillment.

By Joanna Ruocco.

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Fat of the Land published 20/05/2013

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One-hundred and fifty years ago, a famous battle from a great war spilled blood on the fields behind my family’s home. Now, these long summer days, we chase away men wearing dark baseball caps and bulky headphones, metal detectors swaying wildly at their sides. Other days we crack off pistol-fire into the air and watch as they retreat to their little cars, great clouds of dust dispersing over the roads as they tear back to town.

By David Peak.

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Tusks of Varaha published 01/05/2013

Just then he conceived a dare for himself. The proper way to put it looked cross-eyed back at him and winked. There it sat: the comic adjudicator from hell—the devil—with its fat gut and perfect whiskers and horns. Superintending pointless dares in Indian restaurants everywhere. Stewing after the pointless fallout. Utterly hysterical for more to come, for eternity. Harvey deliberated. He was just drunk enough on beer to give a wink back. He did so and then emptied the remainder of his drink with a gulp. “I dare myself to get a girl tonight. Or else go abstinent for a good solid pig’s lifetime.”

By Peter Clarke.

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