The Lottery Gates

a short story by Peter Cowlam If Peter Cowlam were a painter he would be Gustave Moreau. His story is a treasure chest of sparkling symbols. His writing reads like the libretto of an opera. The Lottery Gates is a mystical quest full of unexpected encounters and luscious vistas. The protagonist would like to be […]

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Turtle in Stöhrstraße

By Philip Hall + It was the Albanian maid, Meera who discovered it. ‘There is an animal in the water butt.’ she said, agitatedly. ‘It’s black and big like this.’ She held out her pudgy hands. Her smile, which at first she offered, now drooped like a cut flower. ‘Show me.’ said Rose. Meera opened […]

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The Balloonist

By Phil Hall On the 22nd of April 1992. There were 10 petrol-gas explosions in northern Guadalajara, killing at least 242 people, injuring up to 600 and destroying 8 kilometres of city streets making 15,000 people homeless. But the southern-central part of the city, where the branch of the institute was located, was unaffected. The […]

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Superhero Status Anxiety

K, a superhero, finds working as an ESL teacher tough… By James Royce Mcguire It’s wacked. Here he is living the life of a superhero, not angry at anyone, simply living his life and there she is. A half-cat creature with a feline purr that would drive any superhero wild.   “It really isn’t fair,” he […]

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