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About dogsbodiesandscumsters

Alan McCormick’s collection of short stories and illustrated writing with Jonny Voss, DOGSBODIES and SCUMSTERS, was published by Roast Books in 2011. Alan is Writer in Residence at Kingston University His short stories have won numerous prizes and have been widely published and performed. Jonny Voss has been working in London as an illustrator since 2000. His personal drawings and commissioned work can be seen at www.jonnyvoss.com Alan and Jonny collaborate on illustrated shorts under the name, Scumsters – see their site www.scumsters.blogspot.com. Their work has been published by Volume, Litro, Decongested Tales and can be seen online at 3ammagazine and Deaddrunkdublin.

REASONS TO SWIM INSIDE THE SKY

The canals of upper Clapton are mustard smelling trenches of blink-and-you-miss-it spasm splatters of colour amidst tar dark pathways. Bushes bristle with broken bottle leaves, mottle cast in a sullen, diesel pallor. Warrens snake under daisy field enclosures, as rabbits … Continue reading

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CITIZENS

It’s a cold bastard of a night and it’s dark, really dark. And then you knock at my door. Knock, knock. Who’s there? Can you help me, please? Can you help me, please, who? A game I played with my … Continue reading

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IT’S HOT, SO BEWARE

Lost in Spain   El Burro chants and coughs up globules, Breathes like a juggernaut decompressing, Steam exits through his nostrils. It’s a sign!   Monty and Victor are apart from their bicycles and apart from themselves. The earth splits … Continue reading

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THE HIKE

‘Oh, lone is the path that turns its head, that coils the slopes, and reaches unseen peaks.’ A ramble no more amongst congested city parks, devils careering on wheelie boards, arses slung from low-hung jeans, bins stocked full with detritus: … Continue reading

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AN UNHOLY GRAIL

  Quiet now. The night is Devil black. Sleep now. The Knight waits for attack. They mass behind. They storm and plunder – The giant evil birds, the filthy scalded cats, The tombstone tenants, faces racked by thunder. Hope shines … Continue reading

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MONSTERS WITHIN

Mister Tindall runs the sweet shop. Mister Tindall lives alone. Mister Tindall has no friends. Mister Tindall is a monster. Me and my brother call him names: yellow fangs, pus breather, custard eyes and banana ears; these are our yellow … Continue reading

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WATCHING THE DETECTIVES

KOJAK Hello, Detective, where are you going? Call me Theo Theo, that’s a nice name Yes it is Is that your lollypop? Yes it is It looks sweet Yes it is I want you Yes you do I love you … Continue reading

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