My Blog Week: April 15 to April 21

All the Latest from Torsade!                             In Sunday’s A Figure from the Common Lot: The House of Everard (part three), Richard defies his mother, and marries Verbena, dividing himself from Peggy. On Monday, “The Assassin Comes”, another installment of the latest Folly, in which the […]

The House of Everard: part four

Posted by ractrose on 22 Apr 2018 in Fiction, Novels

A Figure from the Common Lot The House of Everard (part four)             “Sir,” Joab said, “this is the law of the land. I’ve done as right by you as I can, but I am not beholden to you. I don’t mean to be unjust in my dealings with any […]

Translation: Jean Hess, La Catastrophe de la Martinique (one)

Posted by ractrose on 20 Apr 2018 in Translation

      Jean Hess La Catastrophe de la Martinique   (notes of a reporter)     1902           To the lost souls of forty thousand of Saint-Pierre I dedicate this work of a reporter.         Preface       Forty thousand victims… This statistic is not exact […]

Mack Talks War: Hammersmith (two)

Hammersmith Chapter Two Mack Talks War           “Thank you, Mr. Derfinger. I’ve had a chill, ever since I took that soaking in the flood.” Hogben hadn’t needed to say this a second time, but making excuse, lest the gossips take hold of his reputation before he’d made use of it himself, […]

May Day: Flash Fiction

May Day                   Gougher, the man Dria had thought he ought to sponsor, the man who’d undertaken digging a pond with a shovel, the man who suffered, in some way Dria’s church friends were too delicate to ask… Anthony Vrenick had the thing in mind. If Gougher […]

The Totem-Maker: Jealousy (part three)

Posted by ractrose on 19 Apr 2018 in Fiction, Novels

The Totem-Maker Jealousy (part three)           Now, the owners of these fields were townsmen. The town, behind its wall, sat central to the plateau, sited high in a bowl among fertile slopes; these descending from a naked peak leagues off, and trimmed by Cime’s boundary road. This, for a space, ran […]

Yoharie: Savannah

Posted by ractrose on 18 Apr 2018 in Fiction, Novels

Yoharie Savannah                 Mostly people were really gross, and mostly you hated talking to them. You’d be like, “Hey, awesome!” You’d get thx. Maybe a poor lil heart. So, like, I get you. Bitch. That was one way to be. Who cared? When she had an assignment, she’d […]

Character: New Flash Fiction

Flash Fiction Character                       Though the question occurs…whether this is not a product of nostalgia, this notion… Of character or coherence…   Coherence, adhesion, McAlley says to himself. Redundancy. Like healing like. Things that were familiar have fallen to schemes, none of which looks promising […]

The Assassin Comes: Fourth German Spy

Posted by ractrose on 16 Apr 2018 in Art, Poems

    The Folly The German Spy     The Assassin Comes   It amounts to when No sacrifice without advantage (mein Herr) as to chessmen But players on the scene bump in   In her room, Krug diligent and dozy …not allowing sleep Lies still and lets the streetlamp Inform him of her corners […]

My Blog Week: April 8 to April 14

All the Latest from Torsade!                           Readers, this week saw the end of two ongoing features of Torsade: the novel Inimical, and novella “Are You Loveable“, both available now as full reads on their respective pages. Their slots will be filled by a […]