Web fiction reviews by Lauren Colie
April is showering talent down upon us. With the dreary weather comes a flood of memories, emotion and even a circus tent. In this cabinet collection you’ll find heart-wrenching lost love, chest-tightening found love and deep-breath-before-the-plunge decisions about the future. Let these stories wash over you with innovative ideas and carefully-crafted emotional content.
A Review of Ishq, by Usman Malik at Nightmare Magazine
I looked at my mother’s still form in the gloom. There is an Urdu word which has no English equivalent: Ishq. Means the state of a lover’s heart during separation, contemplation, or annihilation unto the lover. The point where the lover becomes the beloved. Sometimes it also means nostalgia for a love forever gone and the love which remains after death.
Battling with cancer, our narrator’s mother is eager to share all of her memories from growing up in Pakistan. One story centers around her sister, crippled by polio, and the handsome shakarkandi vendor who refuses to leave her side, even in death. Amma explores her past feelings and exorcises the ghost of Parveen through sharing the tale. Read more »