Friday, 23 December 2011

Merry Christmas All You Gods

Last year we featured this great story by Rob Sherman (author of Valve Works) on the website, and we like it, so here it is again for the festive period...

Merry Christmas All You Gods by Rob Sherman.

A merry one to people of all faiths - see you in the new year.

Thursday, 22 December 2011

Web Lit Roulette #3

A semi-random selection of highlights from the world of online literature.

This entry focuses on short stories (Kyle Hemmings’ Spiral pushes the boundaries of the form to the extent that it may not be a story at all, but you know what I mean).

The Great Frustration by Seth Fried (from the collection of the same name, published by Soft Skull Press - showcased on the Fifty Two Stories website.)

Map of the City by Valerie Laken (also from Fifty Two Stories)

A Dead Vampire by Madeline Dyer (from Madswirl)

Spiral by Kyle Hemmings (from Infinitys Kitchen)

The Uncertainty Principle by Samantha Schoech (from Big Ugly Review)

Tuesday, 20 December 2011

Interview with Frank Burton on Eight Cuts

OK, there's an interview with Mr Philistine, Frank Burton, on Dan Holloway's Eight Cuts here. It's good.

Thanks to Dan for doing the interview and for being one of our greatest supporters.

Monday, 19 December 2011

Tune of the Year: Spin That Girl Around by Euros Childs

Without a doubt, this is the best song I've heard in 2011. It burrows its way under your skin and nestles there comfortably like a joy-inducing parasite. It may only be two and a half minutes long, but it stays with you much longer.

It's from the album, "Ends," which is available to buy as a CD or download for free from

Thursday, 15 December 2011

Web Lit Roulette #2

A semi-random selection of highlights from the world of online literature

As you may gather from this list, I tend to be attracted by interesting titles. It's a good way of getting your work noticed. They used to say, "Don't judge a book by its cover," but I think "don't judge a book by its title" is perhaps more appropriate when talking about online literature. It's definitely a good way of getting yourself noticed.

Crossing Shoal Creek by J.T. Ledbetter (from Haggard and Halloo)

The Woman Who Was a House by Sarah Layden (from PANK magazine)

'Facing by Michael Newsham (from Subtle Tea)

Harold’s Purple Crayon by Glen Armstrong (from Red Fez)

The Grand Canyon Brings People Together by Molly Prentiss (from Kill Author)

Monday, 12 December 2011

The Voyage Anthology

Here's a mention for a free ebook released by one of my favourite webistes (as regular readers of this blog may have gathered), Silkworms Ink.

The Voyage, edited by Chandani Lokuge & David Morley.

In their own words, "Welcome to the voyage, an innovative new anthology of writing by staff and postgraduates from both Monash in Australia and Warwick in England. We believe all writing, at its best, is creative writing. To that end we have drawn our distinguished contributors not only from English and Creative Writing but also from other departments in Humanities, from our Faculties of Science and Social Science, and from our Administration. What's more, we invited writers and scholars who have some practical connection with Warwick and Monash from both within and outside the academy."


Monday, 5 December 2011

Web Lit Roulette #1

A new feature for this blog - Web Lit Roulette is a semi-random selection of literary highlights from the net. It’s impossible to sum up everything that’s happening online so I can only report on things I’ve discovered.

This first entry comes from, a large and expanding archive of out-of-print poetry magazines from the 20th and 21st Centuries (mainly from the last 15 years). You could spend hours and hours on this site, and it’s difficult to select particular highlights, but here are some things I like:

Pervert by Thomas McColl (from Global Tapestry Journal)

Decree Absolute by Rachel Kerr (from Rain Dog)

The Mushroom Woman by Geraldine Green (from Neon Highway)

Bluebottles by Fashion Penis (from The Ugly Tree)

Sir Osbert Sitwell, The Woman Who Could Not Die (from Poetry London Festival Issue, 1951)

Thursday, 1 December 2011

"Alps" by Motorama

Ever wondered what Joy Division would've sounded like if they were from Russia?

Well, here's your answer. I just can't stop listening to this. Genius.