Crime Fiction: True Grit or Torture Porn?

Gratuitous violence, anyone? To be honest, I didn’t know what ‘torture porn’ was until fairly recently, probably because slasher horror films (for which the term was originally invented) are definitely not my thing.  However, the question remains: where does the boundary lie between gritty reality in crime fiction and gratuitous, glorified violence for its own … Continue reading Crime Fiction: True Grit or Torture Porn?

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Schroedinger’s Dog and other parallel universes

Is the tale wagging the dog? Don’t you just love quantum physics? All those possibilities, spinning endlessly until somebody bothers to look at them at which point they plump for their (positive) physical reality of choice - while somewhere out there in the universe exactly the (negative) opposite choice happens! Oh, the sheer entanglement of … Continue reading Schroedinger’s Dog and other parallel universes

Probably The Best Flash Fiction In The World

KBP’s 2014 moment of triumph re-lived!

Tara Sparling writes

Because….. we have a WINNER!

Amid much anguish, hand-wringing, and a few stomach ulcers, the results are in.

The winner sprang straight out of the Literary Fiction Title Generator. There were more than several reasons for the entry published below being the winner, but fewer reasons separating it from the very close runners-up, making it a very tough decision indeed.

Nevertheless, the Estimable, Impartial and Utterly Respectable Guest Judge  had to finally settle on this winner because:

  1. It’s bloody brilliant.
  2. It is also very funny.
  3. The flash fiction was supposed to be in the style of the title generator from which it took inspiration, and you don’t get more literary than James Joyce, now do you?
  4. It was assigned 54,879 points for the last line alone.

So without further ado, congratulations and a €50 Amazon voucher are winging their way to Katie Purcell, for the rather marvellous:

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The Dominant Glassworks in Donnybrook

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2014: A tale of Donnybrook glassworks and leafy bottoms!

2014: Katie B. sits on her laurels! Of course, there are some authors who wouldn't be seen dead resting on their laurels! Not so, Katie B.! Why else would she be so well-padded in the posterior department, if not to be able to repose on a few crispy Laurus nobilis leaves for half a year or longer? … Continue reading 2014: A tale of Donnybrook glassworks and leafy bottoms!