Brittle Star, Alison Moore & a short story

BStar-cv-38-193x300It’s always a good moment when the postie (should that be ‘postperson’ these days?) rings the bell and hands over a parcel. Even better when the parcel contains an anthology or book or magazine that one of your stories appears in. Even better when you didn’t realise (probably due to huge stupidity on your part) that the story was even going to be published.

And so it was a few weeks ago when my postman (for he is a man) handed me a wrapped copy of Brittle Star Issue 38. My story Bone Hard Ground had been Commended in the Brittle Star Short Story Competition, judged by Alison Moore.

Yes, that’s the Alison Moore who was shortlisted for the Booker Prize a couple of years ago for her novel The Lighthouse. And her latest book Death and the Seaside has just been published by Salt Publishing.

She said of the story that it: “has a strong sense of the past underlying the present and a striking final image.” I can go with that…

What I like about Brittle Star, apart from the obvious dedication and enthusiasm of the editors and publishers to promote new work, and the hard work that goes into it, is that it has little line drawings at the start of each section. For some reason, I find these strangely comforting.

So, if you want to read a copy of Brittle Star Issue 38, just click on the link to the publishers website. And if you want to know more about the magazine, submission details and taking out a subscription then go to the website at