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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Fears For The Near Future
Price: $5.50 USD. Words: 4,020. Language: English. Published: March 1, 2018 by Neon Books. Categories: Poetry » Contemporary Poetry, Fiction » Humor & comedy » Satire
Do you experience a feeling of intense anxiety when you pass through a full-body scanner at an airport? Do you compulsively retain gadgets that are falling out of use or else are entirely obsolete? Have you ever worried about your ability to recognise true artificial intelligence as and when it arises? If so, Fears For The Near Future is the book you’ve been waiting for.
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
(2.50 from 2 reviews)
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: Poetry » Contemporary Poetry, 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: Poetry » U.K. Poetry, 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.

Series

Neon Literary Magazine
Neon is one of the most long-running independent literary magazines in the UK. It shows its face twice each year in print and a range of digital formats. Each edition features a blend of surreal and speculative fiction, poetry, art and photography. Neon sits on the edge of horror and science-fiction, but with strong literary leanings. If you have a taste for the magical realist or uncanny, Neon is the magazine for you.

Books

Neon Literary Magazine Issue 48
Series: Neon Literary Magazine. You set the price! Words: 11,470. Language: English. Published: June 18, 2019. Categories: Fiction » Literature » Literary, Poetry » U.K. Poetry
(4.00 from 1 review)
This issue of Neon opens with a heroic rescue attempt, and closes with an aquatic monster getting kelp on his chequebook. In between there are doomed interstellar romances, vicious acts of vandalism by young children, a midnight encounter with god at a gas station, and a wealth of creatures who would be quite willing to eat you alive. It is, at times, a surprisingly upbeat read.
Neon Literary Magazine Issue Forty-Seven
Series: Neon Literary Magazine. You set the price! Words: 14,710. Language: English. Published: November 28, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Anthologies » Short stories - multi-author, Fiction » Anthologies » Poetry - multi-author
Published autumn 2017, this is the forty-seventh issue of Neon Literary Magazine. There are hundreds of ways for worlds to end. In this apocalypse-themed issue of Neon we explore just a few of them, from the collapse of Stanley Kubrick’s elaborate city within a film set, to a plague of uncontrollable floating.
Neon Literary Magazine Issue Forty-Six
Series: Neon Literary Magazine. You set the price! Words: 16,930. Language: English. Published: October 24, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Anthologies » Short stories - multi-author, Fiction » Anthologies » Poetry - multi-author
Published spring 2018, this is the forty-fifth issue of Neon Literary Magazine. In this issue we meet monsters and their mothers. A teenage girl contemplates the burgeoning horror of her family genes, while a werewolf struggles to make it in the big city. We visit the beach at night and examine the aftermath of a fire. We wake to find a horse in our house, and we make a bed for it.
Neon Literary Magazine Issue Forty-Five
Series: Neon Literary Magazine. You set the price! Words: 14,720. Language: English. Published: October 24, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Anthologies » Short stories - multi-author, Fiction » Anthologies » Poetry - multi-author
Published autumn 2017, this is the forty-fifth issue of Neon Literary Magazine. Strange goings on abound on every page of this issue: urban wildlife becomes oddly violent, the devil appears in a familiar-looking toy car, and a woman throws the last party she’ll ever need to organise. Esteban Rodriguez takes us on a visit to an abandoned theme park.
Neon Literary Magazine Issue Forty-Four
Series: Neon Literary Magazine. You set the price! Words: 12,890. Language: English. Published: October 22, 2018. Categories: Poetry » Contemporary Poetry, Fiction » Anthologies » Short stories - multi-author
Published winter 2017, this is the forty-fourth issue of Neon Literary Magazine. In this edition of Neon we visit the quaint yet dystopian English town of Scarfolk, observe mysterious goings on in a grand hotel, meet a rather more respectable imaginary version of the president of the United States of America in a dream prison, and sit in on a number of brutal executions.
Neon Literary Magazine Issue Forty-Three
Series: Neon Literary Magazine. Price: Free! Words: 9,910. Language: English. Published: August 12, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Literature » Literary, Fiction » Science fiction » Short stories
Featured creators in this edition of Neon Literary Magazine include Juliet Kinder, Lucas Shepherd, Thea Hawlin, Lynn Hoffman, Stephen Devereux, Karina Evans, Kelly Muskat, Lydia Armstrong, Faye Moorhouse Robert N Lee and Toby Penney. The cover image is by the award-winning young photographer Eleanor Leonne Bennett.
Neon Literary Magazine Issue Forty-Two
Series: Neon Literary Magazine. Price: Free! Words: 12,650. Language: English. Published: March 1, 2016. Categories: 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. You set the price! Words: 14,450. Language: English. Published: October 27, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Literature » Literary, 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.

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