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Short Story Round-Up

These are some of the short stories I’ve found and loved as I wandered round the net this month. There’s so much good stuff out there! 226 more words

Short Stories

L'Assommoir (The Drinking Den) by Emile Zola

I have a framed print in my study of a woman sitting in what I now know to be a drinking den. She sits slumped over with the weight of the world on her metaphorical shoulders. 383 more words


The Blood Delirium: The Vampire in 19th Century European Literature

‘R J Dent’s translations are fresh with an exciting raw sexual edge…’ (Candice Black)


The Blood Delirium is a definitive collection of 19th century European literature in which the vampire or vampirism – both embodied and atmospheric – is featured or evoked. 206 more words

R J Dent

After Me Comes the Flood by Sarah Perry

Sarah Perry’s The After Me Comes the Flood is a lyrical dreamlike debut. An exercise in atmosphere and misdirection, it is short on incident yet mesmerizingly compelling. 522 more words

Book Review


Here, because we have little inclination to write, is a list (our first): the twenty best short stories ever written (and read by us). Each of these are, in our opinion, absolute masterpieces, as in, not just flawless, as in, not just not a word misplaced, but also surprising, ambitious, incredible in the way they build and build and never come down, never let up. 273 more words


All Days are Night

All Days Are Night by Peter Stamm

My rating: 2 of 5 stars

This short novel left me with a lot of ambivalent feelings: on the one hand, it is quite spare and unflinching. 546 more words

2014top10 - Madame by Antoni Libera

In the weeks running up to New Year I’m going to post reviews of the best ten books I read this year. They will be in no particular order until the final one which is my favourite of them all. 578 more words