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Throwing a Sausage Back and Forth for Five Minutes without Letting it Drop

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I have a fiction published in the new issue of Blood Tree Literature, an online Lit Mag based in Santa Fee, New Mexico, USA, entitled, Throwing a Sausage Back and Forth for Five Minutes without Letting it Drop in their experimental / Hybrid Section. Written a while ago now, during my extended ‘coddle’ period. 😊

Click here for the story!

Inspired by a work by conceptual artist, John Baldessari, from 1972/73, entitled, Trying to Photograph a Ball So that it is in the Centre of the Picture.

“As a result of the goal, laid down in advance, of getting the ball as near to the centre of the picture as possible, Baltessari relieved himself of any further compositional decision and achieved pictures that no longer have anything to do with the problem of ‘that looks good alongside that.’ Like his painting before, his treatment of photography is no longer determined by craft skills or formal innovation, but by the strategic abandonment or deliberate disregard of conventional rules.”

i.e. an extremely pretentious way of justifying a very silly title.  This fiction goes well with Getting it away with it by Electronic. “Enjoy.” 😊 😊 😊


Rik V

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Kicking My Mother in the Head on Cold Coffee Stand!


I am pleased to announce that a fiction of mine, entitled,

Kicking My Mother In The Head


is now available to read on

Cold Coffee Stand!

Previously published in U.S. print Lit Mag The Cantabrigian based in Cambridge, Massachusetts.


More about Cold Coffee Stand here –

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Rik V

“Arseways by Camillus John” written by Camillus John now available to read on The Scum Gentry alternative arts forum

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Above: Reggae Fairy (2016)

Hey Presto link to the Scum Gentry!!!

Some people have really shitty Christmases and a long, long, long time ago in a galaxy far, far away, so did I.  In light of this tinsel-less fact, here’s a metaficion of mine in which I stick three heads up my own fictional arse. Contains a seasonal sprinkling of sprouts.

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As Shakin’ Stevens would say – ‘Merry Christmas – everyone.’


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Triptych Now Available to Read in Lifeblood – Anthology of shortlisted stories in ITT’s Short Story Competition 2017!

My story entitled


(which is dedicated to Vincent Browne on his recent retirement)

is available to read at the following link

Hey Presto!!





Rik V

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Who’s Afraid of Coddle? and Type 2 Amber Brains now available to read in Dublin in The Coming Times book!

Dublin in the Coming times

Two of my flash fictions are available to read in the book

Dublin in the Coming Times

Featuring stories from many library groups and other organisations

throughout Dublin City.

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Above: Illustration by Louise Damiano for my flash fiction Type 2 Amber Brains

Dublin in the Coming times is available to borrow from all branches of Dublin City Public Libraries.


Rik V

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The Cakeland Republic now available to read in issue 8 of North West Words!

Cake Black Forest

Read my story,

The Cakeland Republic,

available now in issue 8, Autumn / Winter,

of North West Words

based up there in Donegal!


Cake - Chelsea Bun

Not suitable for people on a diet – there will be cake! 🙂

This story kills cake-ists.


Free the cakes!

Free Free Free Free Freeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee Rice Crispy Bunny!


Rik V

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The Wardrobe and the Pillow now available to read on Here Comes Everyone!

I am pleased to announce that a story of mine


The Wardrobe and the Pillow

is now available to read on  Here Comes Everyone!

A site based in Coventry in that there Eng-Ger-Land

Brutal Fiction

Just Clickety-click the following link –


Coventry is the home of 2-Tone. Which gives me an excuse to play a track by The Specials. Not that I need an excuse, mind.

“I want all you skinheads to get up on your feet
Put your braces together and your boots on your feet
And give me some of that old moonstomping

Skanking it easy, Skanking it good.”


Rik V

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