Marin Machado’s life was perfect. She owns a chain of upscale hair salons which includes a clientele of high-end celebrities, her husband Derek is a self-made millionaire, they each donate to many charities and adore their four-year-old son Sebastian. But three days before Christmas the unthinkable happens: Sebastian is taken, and after much publicity and …

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Since reading The Hazel Wood I’ve been curious about the fictional world of fairy tales that Albert teased and after many rumours Tales from the Hinterlands finally came into being. While I enjoyed this book of fairy tales and continue to love Albert’s imagination and deliciously dark stories I was expecting more from the book. Maybe it’s because even …

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Exciting news, my short story “A Candle for Lucy” was an honourable mention for the GritLit Flash Fiction Contest! Each story had to be written in an hour and include the following: a box of matches a stranger who seems familiar a line of dialogue “You (he/she/they/I) should have seen this coming” You can read …

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“Why wasn’t fully committing to creation more desirable than observing what everyone else was doing and doing the same?” (Shraya 4). Indie artist Neela Devaki has been writing songs that only a small few seem to actually want to listen too, but when one of Neela’s songs goes viral by internet cover artist RUK-MINI things begin …

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“This is the year we are haunted. What? This is the year, as any other, in which we are friendless, necessary only to ourselves,” (Johnson 5). Sisters July and September are as close as can be. Born ten months apart they do everything together, depend on one another, will do anything for the other. After a …

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“A few nearby disciples sniff, The same guilt and resentment and anger I felt earlier bubble up again, but this time it’s directed toward myself. The same question keeps repeating in my mind: What have I done?” (Moffett 103). Emily thought college would be very different. She imagined immersing herself in college life, meeting friends, finally …

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SPOILERS FOR WANDAVISION After nine weeks the hit Marvel television show (does it still count as TV if it’s on a streaming service?) WandaVision has come to an end, with mixed results. But I’m not here to talk about the criticisms some fans have with WandaVision, I adored the show and the finale. I think …

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“Rule number one of being a woman from Trinidad: be hella fierce,” (Kamal 5). Trisha hates her father who comes and goes as he pleases living his life between his family in Trinidad and his one with Trisha and her mom in Toronto’s east-end. Trisha wishes he would stay in Trinidad though because when her …

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I don’t read a lot of romance novels. It’s not that I’m opposed to love, only that the tropes of it annoy me for how unrealistic it’s portrayed. But I still read this anthology that was centered on romance, first love, and the whole “meet cute” trope. I knew what I was going into with …

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“Whoever had written the note understood that by masking one’s peculiarities, one invokes authority. There is nothing as imposing as anonymity,” (Moshfegh 3). One day while Vesta is walking her dog Charlie by the woods near her house she finds a slip of paper which reads, “Her name was Magda. Nobody will ever know who …

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