It’s comedy night on the terminal ward. Jason Williamson returns with thirteen all-new short stories from a grim and desperate world where everything is either ‘knackered and shit or new and shit.’
Sound familiar? Here you’ll meet roaming loners, twats in fast cars, hard men telling porkies, strong women who know the score, various music maniacs and sex-addled, whizz-infested pub warts galore. But it’s not all abject fucking misery, Williamson’s characters come alive and somehow manage to conjure some happy days from the endless, panicked slog of caged poverty and bad choices.
So settle down for some porn barks, crap nature, terrible housing and dogging hotspots. Life à la fuckin sniff innit.
Jason Williamson is, of course, in the Sleaford Mods. He is also the author of ‘Grammar Wanker’ (2015) and ‘Slabs from Paradise’ (2017).
With a new introduction by Gabrielle Losoncy. 88 pp. Perfect Bound
Simon Morris (1968-2019) is the author of Consumer Guide, Creepshots and Sea of Love, amongst others. Of his considerable recorded output, Black Pool Legacy is recommended as a useful starting point. Gabrielle Losoncy (b.1990) is the author of Second Person and co-author with Sam McKinlay of The Rita: Anatomical Charisma (both Amphetamine Sulphate). Her music is best explored via her dedicated YouTube channel.
’Shut your mouth,’ Mother tells me. I shut my mouth. ‘Wipe that idiotic grin off your face,’ she says. I wipe the idiotic grin off my face. And as I emerge from diazepam slumber I realize that our train has pulled into the station. Pain, invisible, but etched within me like crystal. Welcome to London St. Pancras International, where this journey terminates.
“Andrea’s gore was dark red, nearly brown, and smelled of meat and piss. She must have wet herself on account of all the drugs…”
California brings out the fucking worst in people. Makes them junkies, whores, killers - failed saints, predatory sinners. Must be something in the land or maybe the water. Something old and evil. Waiting. The Magician is an incantatory trip to this cursed heart of darkness. A modern horror tale of sexual violence and deep psychological harm. Unflinchingly narrated in spare, economic prose climaxing in hallucinatory brutality, Christopher Zeischegg has conjured a dark fable of the American dream as it slides into unending nightmare.Christopher Zeischegg is a writer, musician, and filmmaker who spent eight years working in the adult industry as performer Danny Wylde. His other books include The Wolves That Live in Skin and Space and Body to Job. He lives in Los Angeles.