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What You Need From the Night

Laurent Petitmangin

‘Fus was twenty-five, he wasn’t a kid. What was he doing hanging out with fascists?’

An excerpt from What You Need From the Night. Translated from the French by Shaun Whiteside.

The Flesh Strip

Adrian Van Young

‘No person or doll had anatomy like that. It was, she reasoned, some mistake, a dud in the assembly line, but something about it felt special, auspicious.’

A story by Adrian Van Young.

Hungry Ghosts

Kevin Jared Hosein

‘This was no longer a fight, Krishna realised. This was a point of no return.’

An excerpt from Hungry Ghosts by Kevin Jared Hosein.

Tantrum

Lucie Elven

‘When I looked back, I felt a jolt – some forgotten, tearful part of me becoming magnified. Why would you stay with a person wielding a broom or an axe?’

New fiction from Lucie Elven.

Trembling

Maru Ayase

‘I always felt this way whenever a fresh stone grew inside me.’ A story by Maru Ayase, translated from the Japanese by Haydn Trowell.

Brutes

Dizz Tate

‘It was a Saturday and we had nothing to do like every other day of our lives.’

An extract from Brutes by Dizz Tate.

The Premonitions Man

Hanif Kureishi

‘The man died as Arnold predicted. It kept happening, and it was disconcerting, terrifying, like being possessed or going mad.’

A new story by Hanif Kureishi.

Touch Me Like One of Your Island Girls: A Love Story

Megan Kamalei Kakimoto

Was the sunburn part of the shtick? she wondered while the video continued to play.’

Love, Leda

Mark Hyatt

‘It’s terrible to be young, always randy; one needs material.’

An extract from Love, Leda by Mark Hyatt.

The Chosen Death of the Witch

Lucy Ives

‘He came to see, after a long agony, that it would be best to give it up.’

A new story by Lucy Ives.

Amalur

Liadan Ní Chuinn

‘So maybe I knew for a while that I loved my boyfriend’s family and not him.’

Fiction by Liadan Ní Chuinn.

The Durhams

Ben Pester

‘We have this space and we have permission to summon each other into it. Sibspace.’

Fiction by Ben Pester.

The Making of the Babies

Lee Lai

‘I can’t believe it’s been two years since we’ve been able to get together and we’re still just arguing about which of us incurs more shit from the aunties.’

A graphic short story by Lee Lai.