P D Dawson has had his work published in Under the Bed, Beyond Imagination, Schlock! Webzine and Earlyworks Press. His stories have also appeared in two printed books, both of which were published by Almond Press. One is Broken Worlds, a collection of dystopian stories and the other, Apocalypse Chronicles, a collection of stories about the end of the world. He was delighted to have won the annual Almond Press short contest in 2015, and is currently working hard on a dystopian novel about a walled city shut off from the rest of the world. Nothing can keep him from writing. At any one time he finds himself juggling many stories in his head, and is excited by the challenge of getting them published for all to read. You can find out more at his website – www.pddawson.com Also, follow Paul on Twitter at @PDDawson_ Ash, fear, moments of reconciliation; darkness, hope, moments of regret. What will the Apocalypse bring for you? Apocalypse Chronicles brings together stories, memories, and endings. Woven together by their collective experience, each tale offers a unique and harrowing understanding of what the Apocalypse will mean for their world. Families, worlds, futures and pasts are explored in this unique anthology that brings together fiction from authors from across the globe. Bear witness to the end of the world as you know it; but will you know how it will end? We invite you to read and hope you enjoy this collection. AmazoniBooks
“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.
Robert is a freelance writer and cultural activist. He writes prose, scripts and poetry, and attempts to twin that with his passion for calling for holistic political, economic and environmental change. He firmly believes that the arts have a huge role to play in shaping our society and helping foster community. Robert hopes to inspire people with his stories.