The Long Weekend by James Wall

In the dining room, the waitress who served them yesterday signals towards the breakfast buffet and invites them to help themselves. She asks if they’d like tea or coffee. Toast?

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We all live in Dystopia by Frances Kay

Guest article by Frances Kay

‘If the book we are reading does not wake us, as with a fist hammering on our skull, then why do we read it? So that it shall make us happy? Good God, we should also be happy if we had no books..... A book must be an ice-axe to break the sea frozen within us.’ [Kafka, aged 20]

I identify with Kafka's passionate viewpoint, and, as a writer, it has set me an almost impossible task. My new novel is a dystopia - it flowed from my pen with refreshing cataracts of anger and bitter humour against the brutal, chaotic, society I created; dystopia is a perfect metaphor, and a safe one, behind whose barriers we can snipe at what we know and hate.

Loneliness Merchant by Erica Camills

“Happiness welcomes you!”
            An energetic girl in her late teens with long red hair tied in a bun and sparkling blue eyes cheerfully greeted the newcomer.

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