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 (www.smashwords.com).
The short story “Sanguine Saviour” won second place in the monthly “Darker Times” competition (www.darkertimes.co.uk) 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 will be featured in an upcoming anthology of award winning short fiction. http://www.spinetinglers.co.uk
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.
Jonathan Antony Strickland
on Nov. 04, 2013 :
I found this story of one mans troubled life and how we as humans take solace in times of distress, be it from objects or memories, very interesting and enjoyable.
It's the ending though that makes this short tale stand out. Trying not to give too much away, and although still quite sad, the ending left me feeling that perhaps the guy was about to move on and back up. And the slow spiral of his alcoholism was about to be put well behind him.
I guess we all at some point end up with a Boris in our lives!
(review of free book)