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Author Archive: Garry Crystal

Garry Crystal is a freelance writer living in the UK. His short stories and articles have appeared in print and online including Expats Post, The Andirondack Review, Turnrow Journal, Roadside Fiction and Orato.

His first book Leaving London is available on Amazon and other retailers now.

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Recorded Delivery

Recorded Delivery

Every couple of months my uncle would send me some stamps. They would arrive through the letterbox in small brown envelopes. I don’t know why he did this, I had never met him but someone must have told him that I had started to collect stamps. My uncle was in the merchant navy, traveling to […]

By January 12, 2013 7 Comments Read More →
Kryptonite

Kryptonite

Things had been going great and then one night she announced that she wanted a cat. As soon as she had said it, that cat was already in the room, and I knew what was coming but I gave it a hopeless shot anyway. “It’s out of the question, I’m allergic to cats. My ex, […]

Another Day, Another Publishing Scam, I Mean Publishing Offer

Another Day, Another Publishing Scam, I Mean Publishing Offer

This morning, after my usual lying in bed for an hour staring at the ceiling, I switched on the laptop to be greeted with the writer’s dream come true. Yes, an email from a publishing company offering me a book deal with an actual contract. This was it. This is what I had been waiting […]

The UK Government Waging War on the Poor

The UK Government Waging War on the Poor

If American voters need a reminder of the right wing in action they need look no further than the war waged on the poorest and most vulnerable members of British society by the UK government. It’s not too much of a stretch to say that Prime Minister David Cameron, Chancellor George Osborne and Deputy Prime […]

By November 3, 2012 4 Comments Read More →
The Monday Morning Hangover Blues

The Monday Morning Hangover Blues

The good thing about Londoners is that as well as working hard they also party hard and most people are listening to the same Monday morning blues as I am. But there are slight differences to be seen and they fall into specific categories commonly defined by age. No seat for me as usual today […]

Appraising: A Short Play About Selling Out at Work

Appraising: A Short Play About Selling Out at Work

  An employer/employee appraisal turns argumentative and asks the character defining question of whether or not you would remain in hell if the devil paid you enough. Small office setting. Two employees talking.   Employee 1 I just don’t see why I have to go through this. It’s totally depressing and it won’t change anything. […]

By September 12, 2012 13 Comments Read More →
The Elephant Frowned

The Elephant Frowned

  The Elephant Frowned A journalist interviews a film director and breaks through the idealised version to uncover the truth, lies and manipulation. But what is reality and what is fiction when everyone has an agenda?   “Because a person’s word is not enough anymore. If there’s nothing there, something has to be invented.”   […]

A twist in the plot. Julian Gallo discusses his new novel and gives his view on the reality versus perception of self publishing

A twist in the plot. Julian Gallo discusses his new novel and gives his view on the reality versus perception of self publishing

Author Julian Gallo discusses his new novel Mediterraneo and the influence that the 50 Shades trilogy has had on self-published books. Julian Gallo is a self-published writer. In the last decade his poetry and short stories have been published across the internet and in print; submissions that were accepted by various literary venues.  Gallo has […]

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