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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.

It’s so hot but beware the water

I am beat, the sounds of summer    I stand on the edge, listening for the sounds of sun. I hear children, music playing, beer gushing, water spraying. The tarmac beings to bubble, my heart slows like a clock. Beat   … 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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THE PARTY

  It really was a miserable party, it really was. Young Hilary Stoppard and his pretentious young set contemplated the splenetic corners of art’s responsibilities within a splintered decaying cosmos. Under an ageing Soviet philosopher’s smoke exhalation they gathered in … Continue reading

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GO WILD IN THE COUNTRY

GO WILD IN THE COUNTRY As Nadine walks slowly towards the entrance to the Villa, she ties her dressing gown tight around her waist and slides the palms of her hands down from her thighs as if she’s rubbing away … Continue reading

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