Neon Books

Publisher info

Welcome to Neon magazine. We publish literary and slipstream short-form writing. We err towards the dark, and like to experiment with language and form. We have a particular taste for the apocalyptic.

Neon is based in the UK, and is published online and in print every quarter. We publish writers from anywhere in the world, and everything we publish is available for free online (although we are very happy when readers donate or buy print copies, as it helps us keep on publishing).

Smashwords Interview

What is Neon Literary Magazine?
Neon is a UK-based literary magazine published three times a year in print and online. It features a mix of literary and slipstream short-form writing, including poetry, fiction and various experimental forms. The magazine is free to read online, and inexpensive to buy in print. Neon publishes writers from all over the world.
Where can I purchase a print copy, or find out more about Neon?
To purchase a print copy, subscribe, read archived issues, or get in touch with the editor, please visit the website www.neonmagazine.co.uk. There you'll also be able to find out about our other projects and publications.
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Where to find Neon Books online


Where to buy in print


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The Death Of The Motherless Kitten
Price: Free! Words: 1,360. Language: English. Published: February 25, 2016 by Neon Books. Categories: Fiction » Literature » Literary, Fiction » Horror » Weird fiction
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Huang Kaishan's haunting story "The Death Of The Motherless Kitten" first appeared in issue thirty-eight of Neon, all the way back in 2014. In that year, it was one of our Pushcart Prize nominations. In it, a hapless narrator tells and retells a story about seeing a lost kitten by the side of the road.
Quicksand
Price: Free! Words: 1,500. Language: English. Published: June 26, 2015 by Neon Books. Categories: Fiction » Literature » Literary, Fiction » Horror » Weird fiction
Matthew Di Paoli's short story "Quicksand" first appeared in issue thirty-nine of Neon. It's a dark little tale about a man who finds himself stuck in a patch of quicksand while on his way to the butcher. As the story progresses he sinks deeper and deeper, while the world around him continues apace - not even a visit from his parents or a new prospective love interest can save him from sinking.
But Always Meeting Ourselves
Price: Free! Words: 2,150. Language: English. Published: May 24, 2015 by Neon Books. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Short stories, Fiction » Science fiction » General
"The time machine first arrived during the summer. I was outside, mowing the lawn, when it insinuated itself into the shrubbery." So begins "But Always Meeting Ourselves", a darkly comic tale by Leo Hunt about gardening, memories and the terrible consequences of being able to go back.
The Mesmerist's Daughter
Price: $6.10 USD. Words: 9,260. Language: English. Published: April 28, 2015 by Neon Books. Categories: Fiction » Horror » Weird fiction, Fiction » Literature » Literary
Heidi James’s novella The Mesmerist’s Daughter - published on Monday 27th April 2015 – is the hypnotic tale of a child with a wolf for a mother. The narrative of this haunting story hovers somewhere between memory and delusion, as a woman closeted in a psychiatric facility recounts the tale of a particularly difficult time in her childhood.
A Week With Beijing
Price: $6.12 USD. Words: 3,360. Language: English. Published: February 11, 2015 by Neon Books. Categories: Fiction » Poetry » Contemporary Poetry, Fiction » Poetry » Chinese poetry
A Week With Beijing – published February 7th 2015 – is Neon‘s second chapbook. This book of twenty-one poems charts the narrator’s relationship with the mysterious Beijing, a woman who personifies the city for which she is named.
The Naming Of Cancer
Price: $6.26 USD. Words: 2,190. Language: English. Published: December 3, 2014 by Neon Books. Categories: Fiction » Poetry » U.K. Poetry, Fiction » Poetry » Female authors
This fourteen-poem volume begins in a hospital, and from there explores the experience of cancer from a multitude of perspectives, from the person struggling to survive the disease to the spouse pacing in the waiting room, the oncologist doubting their own ability to diagnose, and even the cancer cells themselves, mourning their host body even as they destroy it.

Books

Neon Literary Magazine Issue Forty-Two
Series: Neon Literary Magazine. Price: Free! Words: 12,650. Language: English. Published: March 1, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Poetry » U.K. Poetry, Fiction » Anthologies » Short stories - multi-author
From a brief biography of a man raised as a chicken, to a mortuary romance, to a tale that teeters on the edge of a precariously-assembled tower, issue forty-two of Neon is packed with excellent poetry and fiction. There’s even a grotesquely surreal comic by Swedish artist Janne Karlsson, and a beautiful cover image by urban explorer and photographer James Kerwin.
Neon Literary Magazine Issue Forty-One
Series: Neon Literary Magazine. Price: Free! Words: 14,450. Language: English. Published: October 27, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Literature » Literary, Fiction » Poetry » U.K. Poetry
In Neon‘s forty-first edition we have a story told backward in time, as well as tales of unsettling dystopian funerals, meat obsessions, and odd encounters on the London Underground. There’s also a selection of poetry, including a piece about birds’ feet and another about an unusual autopsy.
Neon Literary Magazine #40
Series: Neon Literary Magazine. Price: Free! Words: 12,400. Language: English. Published: March 17, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Poetry » U.K. Poetry, Fiction » Literature » Literary
This issue’s authors are Sean Markey, Laura McKee, Sam Kolinski, Paul Clyne, Ruth Brandt, Flavian Mark Lupinetti, Mack Gelber, Jenny Blackford, Kate Wisel, and Paul French. Sarah Katharina Kayß (issue thirty-six) also returns with another excellent cover image.
Neon Literary Magazine #39
Series: Neon Literary Magazine. Price: Free! Words: 11,250. Language: English. Published: November 4, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Literature » Literary, Fiction » Poetry » Contemporary Poetry
Contributors to this issue include James Nixon, Tracey Iceton, Debra McQueen, Emily Rose Cole, Alex Sword, Colin Bancroft, Jasmine Chatfield, Matthew Di Paoli, Jack Houston, Gerard McKeown, and Frederick Pollack. The cover image is by the very talented Davyd Samuels.
Neon Literary Magazine #38
Series: Neon Literary Magazine. Price: Free! Words: 12,000. Language: English. Published: July 13, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Anthologies » Poetry - multi-author, Fiction » Anthologies » Short stories - multi-author
Issue 38 of Neon begins with a world in which everyone has been swallowed by whales, and ends with a recurring nightmare story about a kitten. In between there are desert islands, floods and plagues, flings and wounds and Facebook, the possibility of cannibalism, and a series of lesser-known wars.
Neon Literary Magazine #37
Series: Neon Literary Magazine. Price: Free! Words: 4,740. Language: English. Published: February 25, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Anthologies » Poetry - multi-author, Fiction » Literature » Literary
Issue #37, Neon's first issue of 2014, features the work of Paul Bavister, Shanalee Smith, Noel Williams, Christopher Owen, Tracey S Rosenberg, Erric Emerson, Meg Eden, and Joe Evans. The cover image is by Timur Cetintas. In its pages you will find guns and knives, nightmarish exam days, a story about Facebook friends and some excellent concrete poetry.
Neon Literary Magazine #36
Series: Neon Literary Magazine. Price: Free! Words: 7,980. Language: English. Published: November 15, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Anthologies » Short stories - multi-author, Fiction » Poetry » Contemporary Poetry
Issue 36 of Neon features the work of Paul Ebbs, Simon Collings, Michael Hemmingson, CJ Opperthauser, Amy Schreibman Walter, Dan Coxon, and Helen Addy. The cover image is by Sarah Katharina Kayß. There's time travel, mannequins, failed attempts at kindness, a haunting retreat to a cabin in the woods, and a trip on board the Anti-Titanic.
Neon Literary Magazine #35
Series: Neon Literary Magazine. Price: Free! Words: 6,480. Language: English. Published: August 2, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Poetry » Contemporary Poetry, Fiction » Literature » Literary
Issue 35 of Neon features the work of Jenny Gray, Jack Brodie, Noel Sloboda, Sarah Greenfield Clark, Nicole Cloutier, Derek Adams, Deborah Sellers, and Annette Volfing. The cover image is by Imran Khan.
Neon Literary Magazine #34
Series: Neon Literary Magazine. Price: Free! Words: 6,570. Language: English. Published: May 29, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Poetry » Contemporary Poetry, Fiction » Literature » Literary
Issue 34 of Neon features the work of Sam Frankl, Eliza Victoria, Lynn Hoffman, Tracey Iceton, Michael Frazer, Kate Folk, Heidi James, and Nancy Hightower. The cover photograph is by Andrew Shoemaker.

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