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Another Place To Die

by Sam North

Vancouver Pandemic

>'Beautiful, plausible, and sickeningly addictive, this will terrify you and thrill you.'
Roxy Williams -

Curse of the Nibelung
A Sherlock Holmes Mystery

by Sam North -
'Chocolate will never seem the same again'
Sunday Express

Diamonds - The Rush of '72 By Sam North
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The International Writer's Magazine June- 2008 - Welcome
Travel stories & guides
Politics & Issues
Ways of living
Cueva Pintada
Patrick Radford

Changing Lives: I joined the Leonardo da Vinci project to Gran Canaria.

A Long Walk Down a Short Pier
Steven Tothill in Phuket
Rawai Pier - Function over Form
Stutter, Shudder and Jeepneys
Dr Steven Collins in Manila
Like most Europeans, we knew little of the Philippines but keen to discover more

To Turkey from Oz
Sean Hastings
I realize that no fantasy I could have conjured, would prepare me for the sights I’m seeing

The Moabites
Michaela Abrera in Berlin

Complacency tends to sneak up on you. What was once a place of awe and wonder becomes a banal aspect of your everyday life.

18 IN '08 - Part I
James Campion
Young Voices In The Wilderness
They told us they would turn the electorate upside-down in '72. They didn't. They told us they'd flood the gates after Nixon went nuts. They didn't.

The Law and Oil Speculation
Michael Levy
High oil prices that are governed by the commodity markets are in dire need of common sense law and order.

Bye, Bye, Miss American Pie
Plus Readers Letters
James Campion
'This is our time. Our time to turn the page on the policies of the past.' - Senator Obama
Big Brown
Dean Borok
An unfortunate omen for Barack Obama that he was awarded the Democratic nomination the same week Big Brown crapped out at Belmont
Climbing Mount LeConte
Jeff Doran
-Smoky Mountains
The first two times we hiked to Alum Cave we were forced to dodge frozen missiles.
Muay Thai Kawila
Training in Chiang Mai
Antonio Graceffo
“Ten in a row on each side.” Said the coach. If he had been talking about punches I might have been OK. But he was talking about kicks.

The Other Baños
Tyrel Nelson

We finally pulled into a small, dusty lot in front of a giant, light-blue church, which sat atop a small hill a few miles southwest of Cuenca.

Health and Safety in New York
Dean Borok
You’re never safe in New York. 
A Crossroads in Serbia
Brian Rogers
In downtown Belgrade all eyes are on an orator who’s words I do not understand ... but who’s meaning I perceive innately.

Tales of Turi
Tyrel Nelson
I was fresh off the plane and going to visit the Mirador Turi, the lionized lookout that I’d only read about in my guide book.
Life in Lueneburg, Germany
Lois Tietzel
An American adapts to life in Europe

To Windsor to visit the Queen
Marianne de Nazareth
"Come on over to London and see Windsor Castle

A Walk in El Cajas
Tyrel Nelson in Ecuador
With some free time at last, I felt relieved as the monstrous bus roared westward through the green hills of Cuenca

After the storm on Wisteria Lane
Gabriela Davies
I guess it can only mean a few things. The cast has fallen out. The budget has dried up. The creator has a mental block. Basically 'How to Kill a TV series.'

Sit Down and Start Editing
Marwan Asmar
All I knew was the ability to speak and write English and use the computer when I started
Who wants to Retire? Not me
James Skinner
Retirement is a dirty word. It means the end of a working lifestyle

Tabytha in OZ: Part Three
Tabytha Towe
I’ve got the city blues with holes in my shoes and bursts of bubbles and rays of sunshine. It keeps on spinning, the world and my head
Patrick Swayze
James Skinner
When my daughter visited us a few months back, as my wife and I were watching a video of ‘Dirty Dancing’ her first remark was, ‘aren’t you a bit old for that kind of movie?’

Borderlines Vol 2 A Literary Spark -
A University of Portsmouth publication from the School of Creative Arts, Film and Media
Buy now - available from Lulu Press

Borderlines Vol 2 - A literary Anthology of new fiction, travel writing and poetry from the
Creative Writing Programmes and invited writers at the University of Portsmouth, UK, under the editorship of Freya Scott, Ryan Sirmons, Aby Davis and Sam North

'An exciting insight into the amazing talent and diversity of new writers out there today'
Stuart Olesker - Playwright

Original Shorts
REVIEWS Film & Books
Celebrity - Anonymous
Mark Robinson
Hello. My name’s Gemira and I’m a celebrity. A chorus of hellos droned up from the circular continuum of equi-distant set plastic chairs; the voices all rhinestones, hoop earrings, tight-fitting, size-zero clothes, foundation, fake breasts and designer stubble.
Mark Cunliffe
Bryan Sutton walked down the steps into the basement club and felt awkward. If truth be told Bryan Sutton felt awkward pretty much everyday of his 24 years of life

Full Circle
James C Clar
Dayton Apana got up early and went for his usual run from his condo on Ala Wai Boulevard down to where Kapahulu intersected Paki Avenue.
The World of Hunter Killer Robots
Daniel Tavernier
No one knew young Jorb3. He was one of the sole sane human beings left on the planet. He didn't want to adapt to the new order of systematic incorporation into the new Humanlike Borgian race.
Riders of Dragon Number 19
Michael Chacko Daniels
Gray’s blue eyes disconnect from the mists flirting with Alcatraz, the former prison island in San Francisco Bay, during Chinese New Year week

Ashes of Old Fires
Thomas Healy
Sabonis relit the stub of a cigar he had started smoking this afternoon then followed his Irish setter around the corner to Raphael Park
I With-Stood  Them All
Ibukunolu Babarinde
When clouds cover the face of the heavens, it may just be for a little time; when it will yet be dark as if the night will never be stolen by the crafty hands of the da
A Leg to Die For
Sidi Cherkawi Benzahra
My grandfather took his leg to Lalla Fatima and she invoked the spirit and did all she could do to heal his leg
On the Fringes
J Kaval
When did the devil enter me? How did he get inside? I’ve no idea. He started meddling with my life

Uncle Pringle and the Stalker
Martin Green
The first inkling I had of the problem was when my friend Al Abrams called. 
The Nestbury Tree
Ayodele Morocco-Clarke

It all started to kick off when the Shepherd of the church which was located at the far side of the compound behind the house, pronounced that the Nestbury tree in the yard was a haven for witches and had to come down
Things You Never Knew You Never Knew
Emmanuel Iduma
I am going to tell you the truth. I have lied for so long and I am tired of living a double life. You know how it was when we first starting seeing each other
The Knife of Never Letting Go
by Patrick Ness
Sam North Review
Imagine you are watching a film about the first settlers in America. Pious, hardworking farmers carving something out of a raw landscape. Notice there are no women, the men's clothes are rough and worn, understand something terrible has happened that has killed all the women and left just men and one boy and his dog.
Ellen Gilchrist's Collected Stories
Dan Schneider review
Having read Thom Jones' Sonny Liston Was A Friend Of Mine and overdosing on its phallic ejaculations I turned to the Collected Stories of Ellen Gilchrist for a change.
The Fire Eternal by Chris d’Lacey
Frances Lewis review
Warning! Reading The Fire Eternal by Chris d’Lacey without any prior knowledge of the world he has created within these pages can leave you feeling slightly overwhelmed, faintly incredulous and maybe even begrudgingly impressed.

Moth Smoke by Mohsin Hamid
Jenny Adamthwaite

Moth Smoke, however, proved to both stylistically interesting and page turning, with vivid description and an intriguing plot: a success in experimental writing

Mean Tide
by Sam North

Linda Regan review
'A beautifully written, unusual and a good story, one I was sad to finish'.
Kiss of Death
Broadcast: BBC 9pm Monday 26th May
Linda Regan review

This was a prime-time television, police-procedural, harrowing tale, of a murder division seconded together to solve the mystery of the gruelling body parts that have been washed up on a beach,

Bjork - Hammersmith Apollo, London 2008 -Carly Mclain
Like a fiery technicolour trible rave -
Bjork is back......... Come with her and enjoy the explosion of sound.

The Last Free Cat by Jon Blake
Sam North review
It's future without cats - most are dead of the deadly HN51 virus. Only the very rich can afford cats now and they are strictly controlled - people live in fear of catching deadly flu from untagged cats
Great fleas have little fleas upon their backs to bite 'em and
little fleas have lesser fleas infinitum - Augustus de Morgan
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