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Another Place To Die
by Sam North
Next Great Flu Pandemic is coming.
Are you prepared?
plausible, and sickeningly addictive, this will terrify
you and thrill you.'. Roxy Williams - Amazon.co.uk
'Fascinating, frightening and compelling read'.
Another Place To Die
Mr Reality Check
Diamonds - The Rush of '72 By Sam North
Buy now direct from Lulu.com
terrific piece of storytelling' Historical Novel Society Review
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International Writer's Magazine - October
2007 - Welcome
Big Fiction Issue
stories & guides
Politics & Issues
Ways of living
As a Colorado native, I have been to the hot springs more times
than I care to remember. Some good, some bad, some downright awful.
A Place to Call Home
Casey Manes in Zambia
painted brick street fronts and sprawled against stretches of sidewalk,
young boys make their beds, napping in what has become their pseudo-home.
Their ragged clothes depict a small slice of the difficult life
the Tracks in Prague
To expect to have few, if no, problems while backpacking through
Europe with three friends is naïve, to be certain.
Rama Vama on the A3
It was one of those weekends when you wake up with memories
of angry surf lashing the shingle and gulls clacking and careening
beside the cliffs.
last samurai's belly that kissed the tip of a sword was Mishima
Yukio on 25.11.1970 in downtown Tokyo at 8:35am.
De Rode Molen
Waiting in front of the big red Windmill at the Piet Mondrian exhibition
I failed to realise how much power that magical motherly shape still
held over me.
Crabs in Kuching
Malaysia truly Asia, the sing song refrain kept bouncing
around my brain as we lurched down the runway at Kuching. Scruffy
palm trees bent graciously as we rather jerkily slowed down.
of an Era
Joe Torre Concludes The Most Successful Tenure In NY Sports
The meaning of art is to enhance a miserable and brutish natural
existence by the flowering of culture.
Democracy in action - Oct 07
End of Real Estate -
a green alternative by Josef Graf
within the term "real estate" there lives a hint that
the nature of the modern land transaction game has little authentic
bearing in the real world
Long Neck Karen Hill Tribe chose
exploitation rather than civil war - Antonio Graceffo
The Burmese civil war, often viewed as a genocide, committed against
Burmas tribal minorities, has been raging off-and-on for
a period of nearly fifty years.
most have barely heard of it, many are intrigued, few
are brave enough to go
Words and sentences take a life of their own, dancing in
front of you, picking themselves up from the gray lines and pages
and appealing to your senses and thoughts.
It was 1968, a summer of love, and so it was with Martha and Odell.
They had three girls, the youngest at sixteen months, and another
child on the way. Back then, you didn't know what you were going
to have until it popped out screaming at the world.
in House Sharing
I met her for lunch at a pub near St Bartholomews Hospital
in London and liked her immediately. She reminded me of most of
the other women I had rented rooms to
I was once on a reality TV show where the contestant who lost the
most weight won the prize money. I never saw so many fatties in
one place making fools of themselves
- Historic town of,
The only famous person to come form Bedford is Paula Radcliffe.
And she hasnt stopped running.
with Nancy Bradley - Legendary
Psychic to the Stars
by Paul Dale Roberts
Californias' Ghost Whisperer
Interviewed by Marwan Asmar
Jordan is a booming tourism destination. More and more
international tourists are visiting the Kingdom than ever.
Not many people outside of Kent actually seem to have heard of Gravesend
Chessington - Definitely not the world of adventures!
My humble county full of rolling countryside hills & huge mansions
on the Block
Guy Block groaned in despair at another start to another week. He
leant out from his slumber and hit the snooze button
Mark Cunliff's spook story
Harry trudged bitterly up the marble steps of the imposing house
and pressed the buzzer. It was gone eleven at night, he was tired
Matter of Great Importance
pale wintering sun was rising over a sharp ridge-backed mountain
range that trailed off far into the hazy distance as Tang Shi rattled
and bumped his bicycle along a narrow potholed road.
Passion of Nino De Jesus
Dean Borok (extract)
Niño de Jesus frequently had marveled at the fork lift truck
on his way to work. One day, he snuck in for a closer look. Climbing
up the ladder on the side and peering into the control booth, he
noticed that they had left the key in the ignition. After all, one
might reason, who would steal a monster?
here!" David said.
It was a few minutes after midnight when they pulled into
the gas station parking lot. The station was closed for the
night, but David's thoughts were still open.
isnt Going to Rain
furniture. It's always an issue for me. I'm appalled by it. I never
understood the idea of a room in brown slash beige oblique orange
that might impress the neighbours
on the Bus
was taking a test. He chewed his pen anxiously and looked over his
for a hat
greatest mark of individuality in my fathers family was their
baseball caps. Everyone had one: my aunt, my father, my grandfather,
my uncles. Whenever the family was together, they always wore them,
indoors, outdoors, and everywhere except church.
Dylan & his Band
Jeffrey Beyl on Modern Times
was eleven years old when I first heard Bob Dylan. I was singing
what is still to this day my all-time favorite song, Mr. Tambourine
landing right in the middle of an age obsession with chaos and scandal,
soon to be dramatic legend Rosie Kay has hurled at us a play that
cannot be silenced.
From The Dust
The pang pang gooks all laughed as their several tiny fingers
raced over the bushes, plucking at the wild riberries, which
were fat with juice. The girl that they sometimes called Snake-woman-child,
darted in and out of the scrub with an athletic ease,
in the Clouds
Alvaro Lorca was conceived in the silence of the Osier woods
that run along the undulating valleys of the Sierra Albarracin.
His father boasted that he was sure to follow his footsteps
and become a master Osier cutter.
I didn't know at the time that I met her, that she would change
my life forever. When I first met her, all I could think to
myself, was Huh? Where did this person come from?
I used to think hed always be there. His voice rumbling
like a Harley-Davidson engine idling, his red head and freckled
white face beaming
- The Rush of '72
North's first chapter...
anxious, he patted the coat pocket closest to his heart and
was reassured to find a large hard lump still situated there.
Theyd not been robbed...yet.
I heard tell the Appleby Fair of 1947 was likely to be the
best of our lifetime; this cos the farmers are dooming the horse
trade, those tarmacadamed roads are threading across our green
fields, more and more motors are rolling up this we all
know, this will change everything.
A full moon adorned the night sky above the city. Her gaze penetrated
the steel and concrete lattice of streets below and illuminated
the body of a male who identified himself only as "Archos"
Drunk in Dublin, set 'em up Joe, a drink, the pause that refreshes,
you know, something, anything to keep my hands from shaking
Until the boy or girl who did this owns up, said Mrs
Hill, the whole class will stay in and miss playtime
I feel like a pigeon, tottering tentatively into the dining room.
Nothing prepares you for this.
get me into Trouble
Four days after my ninth birthday, my parents moved house and
so did I. And my little world fell apart.
sat back on her heels and surveyed her handiwork. In all of her
eight years she did not think that she had seen a finer example
of a sandcastle.
It started with a tiny spark and within minutes proliferated into
gigantic, roaring flames
Dont Put Your Daughter on the stage, Mrs Worthington!
Isnt a phrase that resounded around our house, in the year
when I reached five.
Jack Clarkson review
This is what A Handmaiden's tale would have been if the
main character had been played by Samuel L Jackson! Seriously,
if you mess with this guy, he will end you
Heart By Charlie Fletcher.
Alana Hebenton review
Twelve year old outsider George is on what he thinks is just another
boring school trip to the Natural History Museum, when his world
gets flipped upside down and his life is transformed forever
You! by Linda Regan
Daniel Alves review
Life long feuds, unsolved hatreds, and more than enough lies to
twist the plot into a maze. This detective novel boasts all the
themes that darken in the eye of betrayal, sex and murder
Rainbows - Radiohead
I bought Radioheads new album online. It set me back one pound
The Road @ 50
Jack Kerouac's Peripatetic Ode
James Campion review
Le bris de Kerouac wrote the above in a 1949 journal two years
removed from his first of three free-wheeling cross-country road
Faculty of Color: Teaching in Predominantly White
Colleges & Universities
Mawan Asmar review
Reem Al Haj Ali moved from being a dental student at the University
of Jordan into an award winning professor at the School of Dentistry
at the University of Missouri, Kansas in the United States.
by Charles Johnson
Charles Johnson is a fictionist best known for his award winning
novels like Oxherding Tale, Middle Passage, and
Dreamer. He is one of the rare published writers and intellectuals
willing to publicly state his displeasure with the current low
state of American writing.
by F. Scott Fitzgerald
Matt Alison review
On my recent rereading of The Great Gatsby by Fitzgerald
I felt that I truly grasped and appreciated the importance of
The Lives of Others
(Das Leben der Anderen) DVD
Directed by F. von Donnersmarck
There are different ways how film-makers from formal satellite
states of the Soviet Union deal with their communist past.
Underwood See by Michael Lawrence - Orchard Books
Emma McGill review
Naia and Alaric use the willow tree in the north garden at Withern
Rise to transport themselves to different realities. ... This
is a brilliantly written book,
Angels by Andrew Glovers
Aby Davis review
On page one of Andrew Glovers debut novel his teenage protagonist
announces he's got problems. He's short, clever and has weird
dreams. So far, so average, until Colin tells the reader he is
psychic and can talk to pigeons.
This has to be the best Disney/Pixar film I have seen in an awfully
long time. This is the one that will be joining the classics,
by Sarra Manning
Tabz Parkes review
Definition: Someone who eats, sleeps, breathes and lives for fashion.
Dir. Oliver Hirschbiegel
with Nicole Kidman, Daniel Craig
Stephanie Vile Review
I was really excited to go and see this film because I like horror
Conan Doyle Collection: New Fiction Prize
Detective: Contemporary or Historical
Young Sherlock Holmes: 14-17 age group
for details: Nov 2007 deadline
Enter Now or miss out
Prize £1000 with four runner ups £250 each
Michelle Spring - (The Night Lawyer)
Sam North - (Curse of the Nibelung)
Steven O'Brien - (Dark Hill Dreams)
Neil McCaw - Director of Conan Doyle Collection
In Association with Portsmouth City Council
fleas have little fleas upon their backs to bite 'em and
little fleas have lesser fleas ...ad infinitum - Augustus de Morgan
in Creative Writing
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