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Two new stories published. “The Losers’ Crusade” will be my fifth story for Third Flatiron, in their “Cat’s Breakfast” anthology – a tribute to Kurt Vonnegut Jr. “The only real political parties in America are the Winners and the Losers.”

And “The Longing”, my fourth story for The First Line:

“If you could not live without her,” she said. “Genuinely couldn’t. If you needed her to make sure you could take your next breath. You couldn’t exhale, but you knew that she would come and push your chest in and keep you going. And she was near, so near. You’re sure if you waved your arms around you’d touch her. She’d hear if you called. You only have to take a couple of steps and you’d find her. But after a couple of steps, she’s still a couple of steps away, and you still can’t exhale. So you have to keep going. And there’s no room in your brain for anything else. This is always the number one priority. For the first few nights, you don’t even look for anywhere to sleep. You just keep going. It takes a while for the survival mechanisms to kick in. If you knew how that felt, you’d have an idea what I feel.”

I’ll also be in two forthcoming Circlet Press anthologies; “How I Won the Lottery” will be appearing in “Playing Dirty”, and “The Day the Mirror Told the Truth” is set for their Beauty and the Beast anthology, “A Beastly Affair”.

You Are Here: Tales of Cartographic Wonders, edited by N E White, is now available, including my story “Literary Walks: The Cartographer by Martin Croft”, a meander through various locations in York, or more accurately Yorks.

There have also been some recent reviews of my work – BCN is positive about On Wings of Pity, and you might be interested to read Des Lewis’s review of my story collection The End of the World: A User’s Guide.  Des was publisher of Nemonymous, and was responsible for the first publication of my story “The Point of Oswald Masters”.

And don’t forget that you can buy The End of the World: A User’s Guide for only £7.99.

[Last update 28 April 2017]

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