“In our “Fall” short story contest, Holly Ice was commended for her work “La Morte de La Résistance”. Holly recently graduated from Staffordshire University with a First Class BA Hons Degree in Creative Writing and hails from a Southern UK shire. She has been a lover of original, unusual stories (especially the romantic and fantastical kind) since she was too little to read for herself. This passion fuelled her quest of discovery into the unknown possibilities and questions of myth, fantasy and the supernatural. Not one to limit herself, Holly refuses to pick one genre and stick to it. Instead, she mixes some of her favourites. She has written poetry, and is interested in topics ranging from psychology and philosophy to art and music, not to mention an unending accompaniment of supernatural TV shows and historical documentaries. She saves venturing outdoors for traveling and people watching where possible. However, she does love thunderstorms and heavy rain (from a safely dry vantage point). Holly’s work has been published by Newcon Press, Almond Press, the H.G.Wells Competition (for which she was short-listed in 2012) and Indent Magazine.” The Russian Sleep Experiment Four political prisoners living in a 1940s Siberian POW camp volunteer to be Subjects in a Soviet Military experiment. They are promised freedom in exchange for completing the exercise. In return they must endure 30 days without sleep, fuelled by Gas 76-IA. The longer the experimentees endure insomnia, the more they deteriorate. Words and pleasantries break down until they turn on each other. Researchers look on, neutral, and take notes for the super soldier applications possible with this new, wonder drug. One researcher, Luka, stands alone in believing the experiment needs to be stopped before irreversible damage is done but is he too late? The Subjects no longer want the Gas… read more →
Thomas Brown is a postgraduate student at the University of Southampton, where he is studying for an MA in Creative Writing. He has been Co-Editor of Dark River Press and has written for a number of magazines, websites and independent publishers. In 2010 Thomas won the University of Southampton’s Flash Fiction Competition for his story, ‘Crowman’. He is also a proud member of the dark fiction writing group: Pen of the Damned. Literary influences include Friedrich Nietzsche, S. T. Joshi and Russian novelist Andrei Makine.
Samuel’s short story Carrier won first place in our Fall contest. From the city of Bath in Somerset, England, Samuel Dodson graduated from Warwick University with a First Class BA Hons in English Literature & Creative Writing. Having worked as an editor and writer for the internationally acclaimed Contemporary and Modern Art online gallery and also as the Regional Editor for the UK & Europe for Food magazine Guestaurant. Samuel returned to Warwick to take his MA in Writing and continue writing a novel based on the memoirs his grandfather left him detailing his experiences as a medical officer in the Second World War. His short story Living was published in the Verge 2011 Anthology, The Unknowable.
I was born in Madrid, where I lived until the age of 18. Then I decided to move to France for a year, to study French and gather my thoughts about what I wanted to do with my life. Four years later I graduated in European Studies and Russian Language at the University of Manchester. Currently I work as a freelance translator and I am saving money to move to Taiwan and learn Chinese . The first story I got published was by Almond Press in the previous ebook collection, since then I have won the Guardian’s short story competition, Protest! Already available in Amazon, and I have been honoured with a second publication with Almond Press…so I guess that makes three out of three. I have also recently created a blog of short stories, called “Digital Pulp” (La Pulpa Digital), however, it is in Spanish and pretty much empty so far.
Mahalia’s story, Vague in Conversation was chosen to be included in our short story collection. Mahalia Solages is the author of two picture books. She also writes women’s fiction. Her short stories have appeared at WritingRaw and Oné?Respé? Another piece received an honorable mention from Lorian Hemingway. A nonfiction title, Burnt Flakes, Burnt Flesh appears in the anthology So Spoke The Earth.
Corrina’s story Two Esthers is featured in our Fall collection. Corrina lives in St. Thomas, Ontario, Canada. She is married and is the mother of four adult children. She attended the University of Western Ontario where she received a Bachelor of Arts. She also attended Brock University where she earned a Bachelor of Education. Corrina is a teacher in an elementary school, and has taught Kindergarten and Grade One. As well, she has acted for several years as school librarian. At present, she is on a year’s sabbatical to pursue writing. She writes short stories and novels, and some children’s fiction.
In our Fall short story contest, Patricia’s story Top of the World was selected for the collection. Patricia was born in Slovakia, but she attended the Southampton Solent University in the UK where she graduated in 2012 with a Bachelor of Arts (magazine journalism and feature writing). Currently working on an Internship basis for an Italian fashion website Modalines, and writing voraciously in her free time. 22-year-old Whedonist and insomniac by choice. Obsessed with reading (anything from George R. R. Martin to Erich Maria Remarque), watching 1950’s films and writing after 2am.
I graduated from University of Stirling with a first class degree in English and Education in 2003. After some happy years teaching, I decided to leave the classroom behind me to be at home with my young children and to also, devote some proper time to my writing. Last summer, I finally decided to send my work out for competition and consideration. Since then, I have been fortunate to have had a story chosen and published as part of Scottish Book Trust’s My Favourite Place project and to have made the final shortlist for the National Library of Scotland and Scottish Ballet’s Hansel and Gretel short story competition.
Neal Mason is the author of Joint Account, selected for our short story collection. Neal Mason used to be an international athlete and now travels a lot. He`s had poetry collections published by Peterloo Poets and by the University of Salzburg Press. For six months, he was Writer In Residence in a Welsh valley and tutored courses for the University of Wales. He’s had many stories and plays published and broadcast, including by the BBC, but thinks his forte is stage plays – which is odd because he`s never had one produced. Recently, one of his novels was shortlisted for the Yeovil Literary Prize and also Fiction Fast Track. The drawback with travelling a lot, he says, is that he can`t have a cat (he loves all cats) but at least, nowadays, electronic storage means he doesn’t have to lug around all his unpublished material (which is considerable).
Adrian is the author of Fear of Falling, selected to be included in our short story collection. Adrian writes: I am former journalist and magazine editor taking some time out from work to pursue some personal projects, including creative writing. I got short-listed in two othercompetitions last year, the Cinnamon Press and National Association of Writers’ Groups short story competitions, and also won a ‘Scenes of the Apocalypse’ competition, and here’s a link to the story on the project website: Fear of Falling is probably my favourite story, written with great intensity during a stormy evening in early October when there was lots of stuff happening in my life, and I am delighted that it merits a mention in the Almond Press short story awards. I’m a member of the Original Writers’ Group, based in Battersea, south London, a great bunch of people who inspired me to write and write, even if they didn’t mean to. My short stories are mainly about love, in all its craziness and madness, and I’m planning to publish a collection of my favourite pieces early next year.