The Mesmerist’s Daughter

"The Mesmerist's Daughter" by Heidi James

The Mesmerist's Daughter

Sample: { “My mother was a wolf. That was the first secret I kept for her…” ]

Heidi James’s novella The Mesmerist’s Daughter – published 27th April 2015 – is the hypnotic tale of a child with a wolf for a mother. The narrative of this haunting story hovers somewhere between memory and delusion, as a woman closeted in a psychiatric facility recounts the tale of a particularly difficult time in her childhood. James’s writing is highly-detailed and immediate, each page bursting with details so fresh that they’re almost tangible. From the opening sentence The Mesmerist’s Daughter is as unsettling as it is magical, as arresting as it is darkly evocative.

Saboteur Award Best Novella Badge

Selected as the winner of the Best Novella category at the 2015 Saboteur Awards, this short tale has been called “a powerful and most impressive piece of writing“, as well as “an elegantly crafted exploration of the grotesque and femininity“. Read a fantastic review by Sabotage Reviews online here.

Heidi James’s novel Wounding was published in April last year by Bluemoose Books. Her poetry has been published in various magazines and anthologies including Neon and Lung Jazz, an anthology for Oxfam. She was the runner up for the Cinnamon Poetry Collection Prize.


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A Week With Beijing

"A Week With Beijing" by Meg Eden

A Week With Beijing

Samples: { “Beijing And I Meet For The First Time” | “Beijing Goes To The Doctor” }

A Week With Beijing by Meg Eden – published February 7th 2015 – is Neon‘s second chapbook. This book of twenty-one poems charts the narrator’s relationship with the mysterious Beijing, a woman who personifies the city for which she is named. We see Beijing through a time of tumultuous change: industries rise and fall, the Olympic games come and go, and her husband purchases a mistress. In these poems her vulnerabilities are laid bare and we catch fleeting glimpses of Beijing as she really is.

Meg Eden’s work has been published in various magazines, including BODY, Neon, HOOT, and Rock & Sling. Her work has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize, and received second place in the 2014 Ian MacMillan Fiction contest. Her collections include Your Son (The Florence Kahn Memorial Award), Rotary Phones And Facebook (Dancing Girl Press) and The Girl Who Came Back (Red Bird Chapbooks). She teaches at the University of Maryland.


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The Naming Of Cancer

"The Naming Of Cancer" by Tracey S Rosenberg

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Samples: { “The Naming Of Cancer” | “Touch” }

The Naming Of Cancer by Tracey S Rosenberg – published 27th November 2014 – is Neon‘s very first chapbook. This fourteen-poem volume begins in a hospital, and from there explores the experience of cancer from a multitude of perspectives, from the person struggling to survive the disease to the spouse pacing in the waiting room, the oncologist doubting their own ability to diagnose, and even the cancer cells themselves, mourning their host body even as they destroy it. The Naming Of Cancer is anything but an easy read, but is certainly a necessary one.

Tracey S Rosenberg was awarded a Scottish Book Trust New Writers Award in 2010, and wrote or revised many of the poems in The Naming Of Cancer during her award. This will be her second chapbook; her first – Lipstick Is Always A Plus – was published by Stewed Rhubarb Press in November 2012. Her work has also appeared in New Writing Scotland, Gutter Magazine, the Yale Journal For Humanities In Medicine, the Journal Of The American Medical Association (JAMA) and issue 37 of Neon, which is available online here.


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