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Welcome To Thresholds

April 8th 2016

Welcome to THRESHOLDS: home of the international short story forum, with over 80,000 visits per year. Members can participate by joining our team of bloggers, entering into online discussions, and submitting material to Writing Exercises, Author Profiles, We Recommend and Discussions. Contact us at: thresholds@chi.ac.uk.

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Subjective Apocalypse

April 27th 2016

SOPHIA KIER-BYFIELD finds subjective interpretations of 'apocalypse' in Lucy Corin’s One Hundred Apocalypses and Other Apocalypses: 'It was the idea of apocalypse reworked that first drew me to the book: it allows for a diversion from the path of conventional apocalyptic or science fiction. These aren’t just stories about the collapse of our surroundings by natural disaster or alien invasion, but a thorough interrogation of what the word apocalypse can signify, as well as the creative energy that is knotted together with destruction…'

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Stories of the Magical and the Real

April 25th 2016

In this essay, shortlisted for the 2016 Feature Writing Competition, SUSMITA BHATTACHARYA recommends Janice Pariat's collection Boats on Land: '…an amalgamation of folklore, magic-realism and a celebration of the natural beauty of north-eastern India, which has not had much exposure to the rest of the country or the world…'

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Under the Plexiglass Ceiling

April 20th 2016

In this essay, shortlisted for the 2016 Feature Writing Competition, JONATHAN PINNOCK and his 'mentor' discuss the short stories of Jorge Luis Borges: 'In all my years of reading critiques of Borges’s work, I have yet to come across a single piece of straight prose. Without exception, every single writer has, for better or worse, succumbed to the siren call of pastiche…'

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Where Will You Go When Your Skin Cannot Contain You?

April 18th 2016

In this essay, shortlisted for the 2016 Feature Writing Competition, DAN POWELL gives voice to a man suffering from writer's block: '‘Where Will You Go When Your Skin Cannot Contain You?’ still haunts him. He knows he must unpick what exactly this story has done to him before he can begin writing his own…'

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An Epiphany in the Company of Alice Munro

April 13th 2016

MARY O'DONNELL, runner-up in the 2016 Feature Writing Competition, experiences a change of heart after reading Alice Munro's 'Family Furnishings': 'At times, I have struggled with what I regarded as tonally monotonous accounts of life in southwestern Ontario, where the author grew up … But, finally, 'Family Furnishings' has embedded itself after several readings like a ring shank masonry nail in a particularly unyielding piece of wood (me)…'

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The Radical Horror and Loneliness of The Martian Chronicles

April 11th 2016

TYLER MILLER, runner-up in the 2016 Feature Writing Competition, recommends The Martian Chronicles: 'In 1950, precisely halfway through a century dominated by scientific endeavour and discovery, Ray Bradbury – the man from Illinois – released this slender volume filled with rocket ships, Martian cities, ray guns, telepathy, and interplanetary conquest. But, as Borges noted, from the very start The Martian Chronicles departed radically from its brethren…'

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2016 Competition Winner

April 8th 2016

FIRST PLACE: 'The Iron Which Pierces the Heart' by ALEX COULTON – the winning essay in the 2016 THRESHOLDS International Short Fiction Feature Writing Competition…

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Short Story Masterclass with… Marina Warner

April 6th 2016

PODCAST: In the final instalment of this series of Short Story Masterclass podcasts, JAC CATTANEO talks with award-winning author Marina Warner about the domestic in fairy tales, rewriting and re-imagining myths, and balancing research with imagination…

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Emerald Light

April 4th 2016

NICOLE MANSOUR looks at the tradgedy and comedy in Donald Antrim's debut collection, The Emerald Light in the Air: 'Antrim’s prose is vivid yet uncluttered, bringing to mind the economy of John Cheever, as well as the fairy tale surrealism of Donald Barthelme…'

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