ABR Fiction

'The Fog Harvester' a new story by Marie Gethins

Marie Gethins
Wednesday, 18 January 2017

Meadow-Wisp was conceived on the Cerne Abbas Giant. Her Dorset hippie parents, who believed in unfiltered communication, recounted every detail: hiking up the hill through dense fog, their torches reflecting chalk outlines (foot, calf, ribs, elbow), grass slick beneath them, concentrating on an energy focal point. In the final weeks of pregnancy, her mother cross-st ...

'Contributory Negligence', a new story by Stevi-Lee Alver

Stevi-Lee Alver
Wednesday, 18 January 2017

[after the painting of the same name by Daniela Bradley, 2012]

 

Contributory Negligence n. 1 occurring in circumstances of negligent conduct on the plaintiff’s behalf that has contributed to the harm they’ve suffered.

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'Slut Trouble', a new story by Beejay Silcox

Beejay Silcox
Wednesday, 04 January 2017
The first girl is taken on the second weekend of the school holidays. Her name is Julie-Anne Marks; she is nineteen, she is beautiful, and she is gone. ... (read more)

'Window', a new story by Cate Kennedy

Cate Kennedy
Monday, 26 September 2016

Alex is watching his wife as she stands at the pale stone bench and raises her canister of Chinese herbal tonic to her shoulder to give it a quick shake. She gives him a game, faintly ...

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'Butterfly as Metaphor' a new story by Heather Tucker

Heather Tucker
Wednesday, 30 March 2016
For all of his eight years Neo has been trying to grow wings. He's mastered the egg, caterpillar, and pupal stages, but the emerging from chrysalis is suspended. ... (read more)

'Year of the Panda', a new story by Jonathan Tel

Jonathan Tel
Friday, 15 January 2016
She sells her body to save her mother's life. If they made her the star of a reality show, that would be the tagline. The series would end with the mother's funeral; or else with a wedding: the heroine marries a perfect man, and the mother is magically restored to health. ... (read more)

'It is Margaret', a new story by Elizabeth Harrower

Elizabeth Harrower
Friday, 25 September 2015

Before the ceremony began, the woman with hairy legs and an air of having just abandoned a cigarette wandered as though at a party to the coffin where – though it was impossible and not so – Clelia’s mother, Margaret, was. Three days ago, four days ago, Clelia had said to her mother, ‘Come and see the blossom I’ve brought back.’ She had just returned to ...

'The 900s Have Moved', a new story by Gregory Day

Gregory Day
Monday, 15 December 2014

Georgie heard it too. On the very first morning of this story, though so much had gone beforehand. The usual warbling of the typical magpies, if anything so mysteriously complex as a magpie’s song can be called typical. There she’d lie, day after day, alongside Muir in their countless beds, in cramped corner flats and large creaking homesteads, in cold fi ...

'Kindly Death', a new story by John Bryson

John Bryson
Wednesday, 28 November 2012

A visitation of Kindly Death is recorded by the Law List in a glass cabinet beside the sandstone doorway of Court Four in the City Courthouse, the sole item for the day’s business, and for many days:

Trial: R v Ali Bashir. (1) Murder (2) Assist Suicide.

The second count, rather than the first, is the reason f ...

'A Body of Water' a new story by Else Fitzgerald

Else Fitzgerald
Thursday, 09 August 2012

Behind the houses the river slides away all night. Buttery and resinous, the air hangs heavy with the river murk, the wet stink of the mudbank. Across the water, the railway sidings with their abandoned boxcars lie quiet, generations of graffiti hiding whatever colour they may have been. Beyond, the ibises stalk the salt flats, reeking brackish plains filled with se ...

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