Abigail Parry

Abigail Parry’s collection, Jinx, is published by Bloodaxe.

after Robert Aickman

Your sisters flash like jewels, bright as needles. They’re threading languid reels in the ballroom. Your heart is young and taut; your heart is strung with sparkling futures. Put an eye up to each one.

Diamond Sixteen and juiced beneath the discoball. Your pulse, a worried minnow. Repeating rigmarole of knife and nerve, plastic cups. Nitrous in the engine....

Poem: ‘You Know Who’

Abigail Parry, 1 June 2017

Some actors fear if they play Sherlock Holmes for a very long run the character will steal their soul, leave no corner for the original inhabitant.

Jeremy Brett

See how it glints and sparkles! Every good stone is a nucleus of crime, every facet a bloody deed.

Oh yes, the hither-thither razor zips from crown to culet! Quite so. But what may be said of the bullet,

which has struck the...

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