A great article by John Mullan in The Guardian, drawing a line from Wilkie Collins to the contemporary psychological thriller.
The world is going to H in a proverbial H.
In my mother country, we have decided – for extremely thin and misinformed reasons – to take home our ball from the world’s most powerful trading bloc. Not to mention that the EU was originally envisioned by Winston Churchill as a political union to prevent future wars in Europe. Most of my fellow Brits seem to have forgotten that.
In my adopted homeland, we are being invited to choose a narcissistic and simple-minded TV celebrity to be leader of the free world. Anyone with a brain cell can see that he is spectacularly unqualified for the role. The same people are telling us that the proper reaction to the worst slaughter since 9/11 is to do precisely nothing.
At times like these, one needs an antidote.
My chosen remedy is 600 pages of vampire apocalypse. The City of Mirrors, by Justin Cronin, is the conclusion of the trilogy that started with The Passage and The Twelve.
In a funny way, when the fictional world has been ravaged by a virus that turns everyone into vampires, the total screw-up that is the real world doesn’t seem quite so bad.
Delighted to be an associate member of ITW. Very nice welcome letter from Lee Child. The spelling and grammar are immaculate, of course.
“Surrounded” is guaranteed to bend your mind. Read it at Literally Stories.
There’s A Leopard In The Garage is featured in The Intersection, the new anthology of short fiction and poetry from Down In The Dirt magazine. Just in time for seasonal gift-giving!
There’s A Leopard In The Garage is published today in the July/August edition of Down In The Dirt. Both e and print versions available.
The follow story by JonathanPayne is the 4th place winner of the Beyond Writer Story Contest. Jonathan is a British writer based in Washington DC. He writes psychological thrillers and magical realism. His short fiction is published at QuarterReads, Down In The Dirt, Fiction On The Web and Beyond Imagination. Follow him at jonpayne.org and @jon7payne.
I’m at the farmers’ market when I see myself.
It’s early morning, sunny day, but a chill in the air. I’m hanging around in fruit and vegetables. Clementines, to be precise. He’s nearby, in grapefruit.
The first thing I notice is his hands. I always do this thing with grapefruit: pick one out, throw it in the air, squeeze it, throw it up again. I have no idea what I’m doing, it’s just a habit.
I notice this guy’s hands, and he’s doing the exact same thing: throw, squeeze, throw.
So, I’m just about…
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Did you ever meet yourself while out at the farmers’ market?
‘Two Yous’ is published today at Short Fiction Break.
In the ongoing debate about surveillance, privacy advocates have often asked how it would feel if government agents could enter private homes to search physical information as easily as they can search digital information.
Set in an alternate, dystopian society, An Agent Calls suggests an answer.
It’s available now at Beyond Imagination Literary Magazine.
I Was A Zen Hitman tells the story of Buddha, a professional assassin who deals with the stresses of his job via yoga and meditation. And Amy, the young girl who causes him to rethink his career.
It’s published today at Fiction On The Web.