A fiction-focused fanzine that across its various issues aims to include short stories, extracts, poetry, lyrics, cut-ups, author interviews, journalism, reviews and letters. We publish original literature by exciting writers, and as such Verbal offers an alternative to a main-stream that has become narrow-minded and elitist. The stories that are told should not be decided by accountants. Neither should they be censored according to the latest whims of the thought police. Fiction matters. It deserves better.
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David Peace talks about his new novel Tokyo Redux and a body of work in the vein of free-thinkers such as David Bowie and Mark E Smith. There are Verbal debuts for Anthony Mason, Marianne Peyronnet, Ben Richards and Sally Thomas, as well as a new story by Koushik Banerjea and a Gerald Kersh revive. Poetry from Russ Litten. And Talking Books becomes Talking Lyrics as Lee Wilson discusses the rhymes of and reasons for our maverick English ways. (52 pages, £2.50 + £1p&p)
‘Who Put Bella In The Witch Elm?’ Cathi Unsworth discusses her novel That Old Black Magic, Helen Duncan and our Spiritualist tradition. Plus suedehead poetry from Tim Wells and new fiction from Koushik Banerjea, Paul Duncan, Michael Keenaghan, Martin Knight and Joseph Ridgwell. Talking Books by Peter Mason – The Brown Dog Affair: anti-vivisection riots and rebellion in London Town. Comes with an Allan Kausch cover: Dogboy Slate. (52 pages, £2.50 + £1p&p)
More tales from Ko Banerjea, Robert Ciesla, Allan Kausch, Michael Keenaghan and Cathi Unsworth. Cult novelist Stewart Home interviewed – ‘quick, clean and efficient since 1962’. Lyrics by Infa-Riot wordsmith Lee Wilson. Martin Knight talks about his much-loved book Battersea Girl. (52 pages, £2.50 + £1p&p)
New stories by Koushik Banerjea, Garry Bushell, Joe England, Pete Haynes, Allan Kausch, Russ Litten, Cathi Unsworth. Lyrics by JC Carroll of The Members. Like Real Life – Dan Fante interview. Mash-Up Number 2. (52 pages, £2.50 + £1p&p)
Fiction from Martin Knight, Michael Keenagan, Pete Haynes, Joe England and Robert Ciesla. Poetry by Joseph Ridgwell. God Bless Punk – Irvine Welsh interview. Mash-Up Number 1 / Mr Fair’s Magic Lantern. (52 pages / £2.50 + £1p&p)
Malcolm Owen / Human Punk Special. Produced for a Club Ska event at The Rayners Inn, West London. In remembrance of Malcolm, lead singer with The Ruts. Guest appearance on the night from Paul Fox. Essays by Mark Wyeth and Steve Perry. Profiles, reviews, etc. A DrugScope benefit. (36 pages /£2.50 + £1p&p).
Boot Generation fiction by Stewart Home, Kevin Williamson, Laura Hird, David Murphy, Karen Elliott, Brent Hodgson and John King. Poems by Bobby Christie. Interview with skinhead author Steve Goodman. (52 pages, £2.50 + £1p&p)