Creases

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Rated 4.00/5 based on 1 reviews
When a piece of paper is folded, it results in a crease being left behind. This crease remains as a sign of the trauma it once received. Sometimes, people can have creases. More
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About Jack CJ Stark

Jack CJ Stark, known as Jack, CJ, or simply Stark finds it difficult to talk about himself in third person. He grew up in a wet grey town in the north of England. He spent his childhood sat on park benches, and at cafe tables imagining backstories and fictional lives for the people that walked by. A habit that has followed him into his adult life. Now, he wants to share some of those stories with the world.

When he isn't furiously rewriting drafts of his manuscripts, or plotting out stories that he never finishes, he can be found with his head in a good book, or getting lost in a video game.

He also likes melons and donuts.

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Review by: Rebecca Gransden on Dec. 31, 2018 :
Creases is a short story that follows one man as he faces a day where his depression reaches a crisis point for him. Although the story is restricted to those hours, the times leading to it are very much present, as longterm depression is a way of existence, not just the crisis incidents that bring the person dealing with it to the attention of others. The story is very effective at conveying how debilitating severe mental health concerns are, and the lack of understanding of their nature, even from professionals. Throughout the story the protagonist wrestles with himself, his inner monologue portrayed as a dialogue split between two versions: one his day-to-day self, the one that is trying to find a way through; and the other ever ready to undermine and confirm his most alienated and harshly judgmental thoughts about himself.

One aspect that stood out to me is the portrayal of how paralysing a state severe depression is, when even basic physical and mental functioning takes immense effort. The scenes of the protagonist struggling with this, and the self-awareness and frustration which only compounds already dangerous levels of worthlessness, are a tough read. I’d recommend this to anyone who wants an authentic insight into how chronic depression manifests. One issue the story does highlight is how woefully insufficient and stretched mental health services are, something which needs to be addressed with great urgency.
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