Amid the murky seas of literary journals, Lowestoft Chronicle is a stunning island that you might have missed. Like the newest island near Tonga in the South Pacific, it well worth following. Unlike the new island, however, which was made by an underground volcano and is apparently too hot to visit, Lowestoft Chronicle and their four (so far) print anthologies are not only safe to touch, they are advisable for your well-being and reading pleasure.
I’ve just finished reading Intrepid Travelers, (2013, Lowestoft Chronicle Press) their third print anthology and found each and every piece – fiction and non-fiction, poems and interviews alike – both well written and memorable. The variety of the styles and approaches of the writers makes this a quick read and one that is easily read on the go, for example, on the subway or when in search of new islands, as each piece is short and fun.
Luckily for me, my cat, helped me read by anchoring my shoulder to the chair but she, I will admit, may not have enjoyed it as much because I giggled a lot throughout and, as such, interrupted her napping. If she could read, rather than just sit on books, she would have loved it too, though, I’m sure. This is, of course, unrelated to my review, but simply a way to justify putting her photo here. Now, where was I?
In Bruce Gatenby’s The End of The Tether, I particularly enjoyed his line “The sky looked like a badly erased chalk board,” a thought I could perfectly pull into focus and yet not one I’d previously considered. Michael C. Keith’s Pajaro Diablo and Hector S. Koburn’s Bloody Driving Gloves each will haunt me for their deft depictions of pending doom. These are all stories of journeys, either internal, through a quirky job interview or across continents, and each are a delight to read as Lowestoft Chronicle specifically looks out for well-crafted stories involving travel and humor.
Intrepid Travelers brings us writing in fiction from: Robert Mangeot, Tamara Kaye Sellman, Steve Gronert Ellerhoff, Dennis Vanvick, Brian Conlon, Hector S. Koburn, Michael C. Keith and David Klein. In Poetry we find: dl mattila, Barth Landor, Jack Austin, Mark J. Mitchell and Jada Ach and in Creative Non-Fiction we have: Denise Thompson-Slaughter, Bruce Gatenby, Sharleen Jonsson and Lynn E. Palermo. On their website, you’ll find even more writers from each year since they’ve been publishing digitally and in print.
As a writer, I also found the interviews an extra bonus. It is always fascinating to get a glimpse into the inner thinking of other writers and these three are terrific examples: Randal S. Brandt, Franz Wisner and James Reasoner, all interviewed by Nicholas Litchfield, the Editor of Lowestoft Chronicle.
Next up on my list is their 2014 anthology, Somewhere, Sometime… Happy reading and bon voyage!