Simon Collings

stories, poetry, reviews

Tag: short fiction


I have a short prose piece, Orang-utan, in this week’s International Times, which also includes (among other things) a fine poem by Steve Spence, and a wittily damming review by Rupert Loydell of a book about William Burroughs (which I also looked at and found unreadable).

Six quite short stories

I have just had six new short prose pieces published by Fortnightly Review. I have copied one of them below. I hope you’ll check out the others via the link above.


If this were a dream, a typical interpretation might suggest it is some aspect of myself I wish to destroy. So I contemplate for some time the option of cutting his throat with a carving knife. Stabbing him through the ribs is another possibility I toy with. Both actions are available as plausible narratives, and their being available suffices, it seems, to diffuse the threat of his intimidating presence. Carrying out the actions becomes unnecessary, it is enough to simply imagine them, and the substance of the menace, in fact even the existence of my aggressor, becomes questionable, as though the progress of events has irrevocably altered the nature of their beginnings, and what appeared to be a tale about conflict and violence is now open to promiscuous possibilities. I lash out. The energy and ferocity of my punches are enough to render invisible an enemy with whom I never make contact. The darkness before me is an empty void, my fists meeting nothing but air, the face of the fiend not even glimpsed. Or I rehearse again in my mind a kick to the ribs, to the head, of my floored opponent, admiring the balletic grace of my invincibility as if I were a spectator. I replay these highlights at will, watching in slow motion the jolt of his head as my boot connects with his jaw.



I have a short prose piece Decor in this weeks edition of International Times, with great artwork from Claire Palmer accompanying it.


Two poems in International Times

I have prose poems in both last week’s and this week’s International TimesAirport and Don’t Give Up.

The lobster

I have another short prose piece in International Times this week – IT maintains the anarchic traditions of the original underground magazine founded in the 1960s (and archived on the site.)

I also have a poem, a translation of the French writer Georges Limbour, in issue 21 of The Long Poem Magazine, which was launched a few days ago. Lots of interesting things in this issue.

Going plastic

I have a short prose piece in this week’s International Times…

Six short stories

Six new very short stories of mine have just been published in Fortnightly Review.

Georges Limbour translations

The official Georges Limbour website has recently posted a short news item about the translations I published in Fortnightly Review last year. I’m grateful for their recognition and encouragement. I am currently working on translations of some of his other stories . My translation of Limbour’s poem ‘The Red Coat’ (Le Manteau Rouge), written at the end of WWII, will appear in the next issue of The Long Poem Magazine, due out in May.

Two prose poems in International Times

The online magazine International Times has recently published two of my short prose pieces – Wildlife Hot Spot and Hermit Wanted. I’m pleased to have my work appear in this excellent publication.

Three stories in Cafe Irreal

I have three short short stories in the 20th anniversary issue of Cafe Irreal, which has just been published online (issue #69). I hope you enjoy them. It’s a great magazine.