Fictive Dream Special Call for Submissions

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New from Fictive Dream is September Slam in which we will feature seven new short stories, one for each day of the week, from Monday 24th to Sunday 30th September 2018.

As always we’re interested in stories with a contemporary feel on any subject that gives an insight into the human condition. But here’s the twist. Your story must include two sentences courtesy of short story writer, novelist and publisher, Nicholas Royle.

Nicholas Royle is the author of three short story collections—Mortality (Serpent’s Tail), Ornithology (Confingo Publishing), The Dummy and Other Uncanny Stories (Swan River Press)—and seven novels, most recently First Novel (Vintage). He has edited more than twenty anthologies and is series editor of Best British Short Stories (Salt). Reader in Creative Writing at the Manchester Writing School at Manchester Metropolitan University, he also runs Nightjar Press and is head judge of the Manchester Fiction Prize.

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Cobra Kai Demonstrates the Proper Way to Make Sequels and Spin-Offs (No Spoilers)

Read my analysis of The Karate Kid‘s Ali Mills here.

Immediately, there’s groaning and head-shaking at the sound of a classic being remade or having another instalment added. Admittedly, when I heard Cobra Kai was in the making, I pictured all the things that could go wrong. They could just lazily invoke the memories of The Karate Kid (1984) while messing up classic characters. The perpetual disappointment of favourite films and TV series being re-made or revived (read: re-hashed) has left me a jaded fan of pop culture in general. I’m looking at you, Season 5 of Prison Break.

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The Princess Diarist by Carrie Fisher – Book Review

A possible assumption by owners of Carrie Fisher’s previous books would be: ‘I already know her story, this book will be a rehash, so why should I bother?’ Fortunately, this “sort of memoir” focuses on her life in the film industry in detail, rather than a wider documentation of her life on a whole.

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Post-Colonial Discourse in Black Panther (2018) – Spoilers

For me, many messages could be gleaned by viewing Black Panther; the film says so much and still achieves audience entertainment. Although it’s stated from the outset that the fictional African nation of Wakanda avoided colonisation from Western powers, the film is steeped in post-colonial discourse, among other layers that make Black Panther a thematically-rich blockbuster. The film addresses the after-effects of colonialism and poses the question: how do Africans and African-Americans tackle these problems, together and individually? How can oppressive hierarchies be shattered?

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Joseph and Lyudmilla: The Most Intriguing Storyline in McMafia (Spoilers) – Part 3

Click here for Part 2. Well, that finale certainly left you wanting more. Character metamorphoses, realisations, chases, tears, and tender moments: this is what needs to be taken away from the series. Continue reading Joseph and Lyudmilla: The Most Intriguing Storyline in McMafia (Spoilers) – Part 3

Joseph and Lyudmilla: The Most Intriguing Storyline in McMafia (Spoilers) – Part 2

Part 1: available here. As predicted, McMafia upped the stakes in episode 7, and with the finale only days away we’re all wondering what the outcome could be.  Continue reading Joseph and Lyudmilla: The Most Intriguing Storyline in McMafia (Spoilers) – Part 2