Welcome to Grand Central Review, a literary website that seeks to bring you the best writing and visual arts. We believe that good writing is good writing regardless of genre, so that is what we publish: interesting writing done well.
If you caught our first issue, thanks for coming back. If this is your first visit, welcome! In addition to last issue’s material (which will remain on the site indefinitely until we find a place to archive it for easy viewing), our Spring 2015 issue offers quite a few new selections for you. In our Words department, for example, we have several works of previously unpublished fiction. In “The Good Catholic,” Kyle Taylor tells the story of a Catholic priest tasked with delivering last rites to his most problematic parishioner. In Chris Negron’s “Card Games,” which Scott Thompson describes as a “perfect short story,” a miserable old man reflects on his life and failures while playing cards. We also spotlight the humorous poems of Ezekiel Black, editor of the audio poetry journal Pismire and whose work has appeared just about everywhere. Playwright Dottie Blais provides us with her one-act play Aftershocks, in which a middle-aged couple finally begins to understand the role each has played in bringing their marriage to a standstill. Finally, our own Richard Monaco gives us an excerpt from Lost Years: The Quest for Avalon, the fifth and latest book in his best-selling Parsival series.
In our Images department, we have a collection of paintings by actor and painter, David Kramer,
Our Columns department this issue includes one essay, Chris Bell’s “Out of Time,” in which he explains why it took him so long to get a smartphone.
Finally, in Reviews, we are proud to publish Shannon Gilstrap’s review of Judith Flanders’ The Making of Home, a fascinating look at the development of the concept of “home.” Additionally, I take a look at Cherie Priest’s latest novel, Maplecroft, which combines the historical tale of Lizzie Borden with the horror of H. P. Lovecraft’s Deep Ones.
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I hope you enjoy this new issue. If you do, please send your friends our way, and if you don’t, at least send your enemies.