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From the 2013 upcoming "Insights" anthology of short stories come a Christmas tale. One of a family fractured, of love, reconciliation and forgiveness. More
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About Jamie J. Buchanan

Jamie J. Buchanan is based in Perth, Western Australia. He spent many years playing in rock bands, mostly loud, fast, punk rock and heavy metal bands - the sort your parents warned you about. He is currently playing guitar, singing and writing songs for melodic punk band “Incomplete” based in Perth, Australia. But he has always been writing stories - long and short.

Jamie has had a short story “On My Goat” published by Cardigan Press in 2006 in the anthology “Allnighter” as well as having several short stories published on the Smashwords website for free download (

The short story “Sanguine Saviour” won second place in the monthly “Darker Times” competition ( and was included in the inaugural Darker Times anthology as well.

The short story “The Woman on the Pavement” is published in an upcoming Editor’s Choice anthology by Stringybark Press called "Hitler Did It".

Jamie's short story "Battle of Wits" has won the Raspberry and Vine short story comp for 2012 - you can read it here:

Jamie has had several stories short-listed as well including “Insights” in the 2013 Carmel Bird Short Story Award and “Imagine This” in the 2014 Bundaberg Writers’ Writefest Award 2014.

Jamie's short story "The End of Death" has won the "Spinetinglers" short story competition for Jan 2015. His short story “Mr Shmoopie” has also won 1st Prize in “Spinetinglers” short story competition for October 2015 and both stories were supposed to be featured in an upcoming anthology of award winning short fiction. ( You can read them below (soon to be published late 2017)

Jamie enjoys the films of Robert Rodriguez, The Coen Brothers and Guy Richie, music by Bad Religion, Muse, The Offspring, Clutch, Red Hot Chili Peppers and Metallica, and books by James Ellroy, Irvine Welsh, Chuck Palahniuk and Stephen King. His only hates are people who talk about themselves in the third person. And Brussel Sprouts. He hates Brussel Sprouts.

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Review by: Jonathan Antony Strickland on May 1, 2013 :
A gritty and realistic short account that deals with the true life horrors of abuse. The subject matter is dealt with excellently as the author tells the story of a son meeting his mother for the first time in years.

As we learn more from the memories of the sons account of his earlier years, the story progresses and we feel sympathy towards him. Suddenly he is hit with a dramatic realisation as we too realise that there is much more to it. A great twist follows as the son realises that the hatred he felt towards his mother as she gives him her account of what happened all those years ago is unjustily warranted.

A very good read and a splendid short story.
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Review by: Amy Peters on April 10, 2013 :
I'm giving this five stars as I loved how you created a scene of one person's angst towards an unforgivable past. I was sat here, reading your story and wondering how many people will read this and identify with it's undeniable realism, having experienced so much similar animosities themselves? This was an excellent study of how inner pain can eventually be levelled through understanding.

Brilliantly written, Jamie.
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Review by: Raven Lawson on Dec. 18, 2012 :
I'm giving the story 5 stars as it feels so real but find a new cover. For a movie buff like me I can see it's a clear rip off of the Final Destination movie poster and frankly it doesn't suit the story. You can do better on that score, that's all I'll say about it.
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