PRIVATE TRAPS

By Olivia Lowden Our house seemed to operate on a revolving-door system of interactions. I didn’t see my housemates often, and when I did it was in dribs and drabs. It was

Twenty-Three and Me.

“Queen Histrionic (as you have dubbed her) makes you angry, but there are 6906 reasons not to tweet about it. 6906 devotees that have favourited her first tweet; god knows how many more the others. So instead, you throw your rucksack down and slouch against the wall to roll a cigarette. It is dusk in April and you are outside your mother’s block on a council estate in central Bristol, not pressing the buzzer. Feeding

TALES FROM THE CHRISTMAS GOOCH – A CHRISTMAS CAROL

A CHRISTMAS CAROL BY TAMIM SADIKALI “Excuse me.” She raises a hand, casually, to half-mast. A solitary finger rises from the ball of her fist. I bring crates-on-wheels to a halt, apply the brakes, and her single digit retracts. “Yes, Madam.” She wears a fur hat, the fibres running light brown to blonde. And her coat, tapered at the waist, has a fur-lined bottom ending just above her knees. I should unpack my crates and

TALES FROM THE CHRISTMAS GOOCH – CHRISTMAS GIFT 2018

CHRISTMAS GIFT 2018 BY SCOTT MANLEY HADLEY Scott Manley Hadley (whingy hipster blogger, bald poet and proud dog owner) spat out the stone from the olive he’d sucked from his morning martini (gin, dry, dirty), and it flew towards the corner of the room. It bounced once and rolled into the charred corpse of a recently deceased reindeer, probably Blitzen. Cubby, Scott’s loyal Tibetan Terrier (three years old, castrated, charming but lazy), was gnawing on

SHORT STORY OF THE MONTH

SHORT STORY OF THE MONTH: A Flood In The Yucatan BY SEAN LUSK   Paco has his notebook out. “How many people speak your language?” he asks us. … “You want to

REVIEW: THE GLASS DOOR

THE GLASS DOOR BY R.M. CLARKE (DALZELL PRESS, 2018) Reviewed by Scott Manley Hadley The Glass Door is a novel for people who want to get stuck in to a big story. It

SHORT STORY OF THE MONTH

Short Story of the Month: The Broken Nazi by Chris Wilson ‘So Kitten had been trained like a Pavlovian doggie from an early age to equate a hit of crack with a

Destination: Shallow Creek

Go on then… Where or what is Shallow Creek? I can’t pull it up on Google Maps. Hello, old sport. Shallow Creek can’t be found on any GPS or local maps, unfortunately.

REVIEW: Scott Manley Hadley Reviews Bad Boy Poet by Scott Manley Hadley

BAD BOY POET BY SCOTT MANLEY HADLEY (OPEN PEN, 2018) BUY DIRECT FROM THE PUBLISHER HERE Reviewed by Scott Manley Hadley I don’t want to sound overwrought or uncharacteristically positive, but this

Out This Week

Bad Boy Poet It’s finally here, out Thursday – Bad Boy Poet, our first book, a poetry collection by Scott Manley Hadley. Order now for £4.99 – shipping is free. ORDER BAD BOY POET Bad Boy Poet is the debut poetry collection from whingy hipster blogger Scott Manley Hadley. It is a series of “confessional-style” poems describing the life of a confused and conflicted youngish man as he tries to work out who he is,

Shitstorm

Shitstorm is the first in a series of novelettes from Open Pen. A hilarious and perceptive work from Argentinian writer Fernando Sdrigotti, the novelette follows Dr Walter Turner, a wealth nobody until he

BUNDLE

The Open Pen Novelette is here. We’ve committed to five novelettes over the next year and you pre-order them as a bundle now for just £20 for all five, or individually at £4.99.

SHORT STORY OF THE MONTH

Short Story of the Month: ‘A Voice Spoke To Me At Night’ by Helen McClory ‘Loneliness is a terrible thing, wherever you are. I think it’s a stronger force than love, because it’s

Shitstorm – Pre-order now

Get yourself slap bag centre of the Shitstorm. Pick up this hilarious and perceptive novelette by Fernando Sdrigotti. BUY NOW

Launching a Bad Boy Poet

Or a #BadBoyPoet. We are launching our first ever book, Bad Boy Poet, at the awesome Burley Fisher Books in Hackney, 7pm, November 14 this very year. If you know Open Pen

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