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The Apocalypse Primer: Novels

The Apocalypse Primer: Novels

The apocalypse has long been fertile ground for the literary imagination. There’s something irresistably fascinating, it seems, in the idea of total destruction – whether that be by means of war, plague, natural disaster, or something more odd and unpredictable. Now more than ever, a […]

Interview: Ed Cottrell

We talk to Ed Cottrell (whose story appeared in issue forty-four) about parasites, horror, and how to pronounce the unpronounceable. The world is filled with interesting parasites. Did any in particular form part of your research or inspiration for “Catastrophe (Or Larva)”? There isn’t a […]

Interview: Eric Shattuck

We talk to Eric Shattuck (whose stories appeared in issue forty-four) about Presidents, freelancing, and the art of the short story. In your story “Signals Of Fear And Uncertainty” the narrator runs into the President Of The United States. When you wrote the story, were […]

News: Submissions Summary (2016)

For a few years I kept a record of submissions to Neon Literary Magazine, in the hopes that it would be fun and instructive. In fact, you can take a look at the summaries for the years 2011, 2012, 2013, and 2014 by clicking the […]

Review: “The Frequency Effect” by James Stark

Review: “The Frequency Effect” by James Stark

Publisher: RedBlue Publishing | Author: James Stark | Buy: Website As eReaders become ubiquitous and virtual reality pops its high-resolution head over the horizon, immersive storytelling is starting to look as though it has potential. And, indeed, there are already a number of early experiments […]

Interview: Our 2017 Forward Prize Nominees

We spoke with our three Forward Prize nominees – Stephen Devereux, Lydia Armstrong and Frederick Pollack – about poetic forms, inspiration and editing. What makes for a strong poem, in your opinion? Stephen Devereux: I like poems that  are closely observed, that use original metaphors, […]

News: 2017 Forward Prize For Best Single Poem Nominations

Each year Neon Literary Magazine nominates a select handful of its featured poems for the prestigious Forward Prize For Best Single Poem. The award has been running since 1992, and is recognised as one of the greatest honours for poetry in the United Kingdom and […]

News: Issue Forty-Four Preview

Issue forty-four of Neon is set to launch in a blaze of confetti on Thursday 9th February 2017. Tickets to the launch party have sold out, but that doesn’t mean you can’t pre-order the issue and get your hands on it before almost anyone else. […]

Review: “The Sea Wave” by Rolli

Author: Rolli | Publisher: Guernica Editions | Buy: Print / Digital | More: Goodreads Rolli’s novella-in-flash-fiction The Sea Wave begins with a curious dedication: “To anyone,” it reads, “who has ever drowned.” Odd, but eerily beautiful, I thought – and I was pleased to find […]

Event: Joint Launch Of Issue Forty-Four And “When You Lived Inside The Walls”

We’re not usually one for events, but with the upcoming launch of issue forty-four coinciding neatly with the launch of Krishan‘s chapbook of short stories from Stonewood Press, we thought that there was something worth celebrating. As such we’ll be gathering in Norwich at The […]