A short story for Halloween

‘Birds in the Mouth’ by Samantha Schweblin (NB. the eponymous story is called ‘Mouthful of Birds’ in my copy of the book) Read it here in about 25 minutes. Thinking about why it’s unsettling… The concept of this story is disturbing. The narrator’s daughter has begun to eat live birds. She’s thirteen; a school girl;Continue reading “A short story for Halloween”

A short story for Halloween

‘A Collapse of Horses’ by Brian Evenson Read it here in under 30 minutes. Thinking about why it’s unsettling… The story opens with a shocking statement made by the first-person narrator: his family have died, in an horrific manner, while he’s been injured. His tone when revealing this is utterly detached. And he’s using directContinue reading “A short story for Halloween”

To MA or not to MA?

The MA in Creative Writing I’ve just completed my Master’s degree in Creative Writing. Why did I study an MA? I’m a secondary school English teacher. It occurred to me a few years ago that although I was teaching creative writing, I’d never studied it myself. I decided to fix that, and return to somethingContinue reading “To MA or not to MA?”

A short story I recently read

‘Some Zombie Contingency Plans’ by Kelly Link Read it here, in about an hour (scroll down past the intro). Thinking about using prior knowledge of an author to interpret their work… This story is fascinating. If you’ve never read Kelly Link before, you may read it and come away thinking it’s a realist story aboutContinue reading “A short story I recently read”

A short story I recently read

‘Bottles of Grief’ by Eva Shelton This story is one of the winners of The Insider Prize 2021. You can read it here (scroll down) in about 10 minutes. Thinking about story focus and characterisation… The narrator is attending a group grief counselling session. They (gender unknown) watch as the other attendees share their stories.Continue reading “A short story I recently read”

A controversy I recently read

Some Kids I Taught and What They Taught Me, by Kate Clanchy You can read the first part of Chapter 1 here. Thinking about authors using racial, religious, and other stereotypes… Kate Clanchy is a middle-class white woman. Her parents were English. She was born and raised in Scotland, where she attended an independent schoolContinue reading “A controversy I recently read”

The Death and Life of Mrs Parker

Originally posted on jupiter-jones.com:
My novella-in-flash?The Death and Life of Mrs Parker?will?be published by Ad Hoc Fiction on September 10th.? It’s available now to pre-order at a 25% discount.? (code: JJ1009) Pre-Orders | Ad Hoc Fiction “A theory expounded by Heidegger is that time is a series of ‘nows’, each one always already the…

A short story I recently wrote

‘Vengeance’, by Mina Ma My short story ‘Vengeance’ was performed by professional actress Josie Charles at the Liar’s League summer event last night (10th August 2021); the theme was Women & Girls. You can watch the performance here. Josie read it beautifully – thank you Josie! Watch Liars’ League on YouTube here, or check outContinue reading “A short story I recently wrote”

A short story I recently read

‘How to Talk to Your Mother’ by Lorrie Moore Read it here in about 20 minutes. Thinking about motifs… I’m a sucker for nostalgia. Having a short story/novel look back into the past, especially after a character has died, gets me every time. The opening line of this story tells us someone has died: ‘WithoutContinue reading “A short story I recently read”