The Slow Descent

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One man's increasingly revealing discussion with a drunkard in a seedy bar reveals more about who he is than he intended. A tale of alcohol, excess and realisation.
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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: James Jenkins on Sep. 30, 2017 :
Well written, I wasn't sure where it was going (per authors plan) and was surprised when I figured it out at the very end.
(review of free book)
Review by: MoratGurgeh on Dec. 3, 2013 :
Perhaps this hit me closer to home than previous reviewers, but I found it quite profoundly horrifying. Funny how the absolute worst things can sometimes be so commonplace as to be invisible. Not a story I'll *ever* forget.
(review of free book)
Review by: Gareth Alan on Sep. 13, 2013 :
Nicely written story as usual from Buchanan. It reminded me of when I look at people who have worked at the same place as me for like 25 years and their whole life revolves around the place and they'd be lost without it. I look at them and think, Jesus Christ, I hope I never get like that. Different subject, but that's what it made me think of. Anyway, nice use of language and plenty of swear words to make you chuckle... or to offend you.
(review of free book)
Review by: Jonathan Antony Strickland on July 20, 2013 :
As age, beer and life (though mostly beer) take there toll on us all, we all find ourselves growing and turning into something or someone who years before we would have turned our inexperienced noses up at.

Ol' Jock is one such man who has lived the life and drank the drink. Although what life that may be, and god knows what the old bastrd has drunk in his time, but for me his the type of bloke who is the bedrock of society.

This is a good short story with some great use of language and a plethora giggles to keep ya entertained...Good enjoyable stuff.
(review of free book)
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