Fiction

Stay With Me

This debut collection of short stories by Antony Pickthall takes you from the macabre to the fantastic, highlighting the incremental changes in disparate lives. Each character navigates changing worlds, circumstances and memories. Compelling, strange and heartfelt, Stay With Me brings together the best of a darkly humorous mind.

Stay With Me includes:

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A Simple Life – “I’m watching us on the first camcorder video I ever made, I can see we were so in love.”

The Ditch – “I’m missing. And I don’t think I’ll ever find myself. Which I guess is OK. Who was I?”

Them – A Story to Accompany Cold Turkey – “Mike is angry. Mike is cold. Mike has got the sun in his sights.”;

Tattoo – “The window vinyl depicted a green and blue dragon-headed serpent. The telephone number, email address and website sat underneath the legend, “Skin Stars”.”;

The Last Word in Cooking – “Andrew Gordon Wishart lay alone on the landing carpet of his late father’s house, its putrid green pile pushing up into his delicate nostrils.” – “Another intriguing, engaging story”, D F Lewis

Document 16a: Within the Rubric of an Electric Postman – “The potency of soil1 is something we don’t miss, apparently. Everything is dead. Literally. Nothing lives because to have life is to resist control. Better the deadness. Better the safety. – “a multi-layered postmodern style that is rich in imagery and hidden meaning. With its use of both language and footnotes,
Document 16a. brings to mind the works of Jose Luis Borges, while both the title and tone echo Philip K. Dick.” Joey Madia;

The Dinner Party – “I suppose I’d gone to the fish market early. I spotted the octopus straightaway. It was huge. I didn’t think about this.”

The Seaside Snow Globe is on Fire – “The best place to find answers is on the beach. As a child, if you were lucky enough to be from the kind of background where ‘the beach’ was a fixture, then it was the beach that gave you the head start.”

Rain, Formerly Snow – “Never known a Christmas like it. All I wanted was at least two weeks respite from the unrelenting grind of work and the smell of office politics.”

The Mop – “At the foot of the stairs lay the mop, screwed into the pained metal bucket. We’ll get back to that.”; Broken Sign – “Broken teeth. Static eyes. Moments before, she was dreaming of a new life in Swindon. The blood pooled around her head.”

Lazy Boy – “Ffinch had a dream so she woke up and went to look for it. Two years passed and almost everyone had forgotten her.”

Thumbs Up – “The road is straight. Gorse either side. Too early for much in the way of traffic. I could start walking, I probably should.”

In Praise of Peas – “As the daylight fails and the skies darken I am often drawn to remember the first time I truly learnt to eat.”

Hungry to Share My Life With You – “You surprised me. I did not know what was wrong. These things just happen, I tell myself. What I do know is that there was this life – this existence – before you came.”

Stay With Me takes you from the macabre to the fantastic, highlighting the incremental changes in disparate lives. Each character navigates changing worlds, circumstances and memories. Compelling, strange and heartfelt, Stay With Me brings together the best of a darkly humorous mind.

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