Festive Phantoms & Yuletide Yarns

Hand of Doom presents a night of Festive Phantoms & Yuletide Yarns at Family, Rendevous Street, Folkestone on Friday, December 16 from 8pm.

Gather around the giant table and let our expert readers regale you with six new ghostly and macabre Christmas tales written by  Primrose Coulter, Nicola Apps, Ribs Norman and Michele Sheldon.

Read by actors Ryan Hills, Nicola Howard and Louise Burgess.

The event is PWYW – Pay What You Want. Bar, mince pies and hot food available on the night.



Firewords is now accepting submissions for Issue 4…

Issue 4 is coming…

As things begin to wind down for Christmas (yeah right!), now might be the perfect time to spend some time on yourself and your writing. Submissions for Issue 4 of Firewords are open until January 9th for short stories (under 2000 words) and poetry. So, if your New Year’s resolution is ‘to get published in 2015’, here is your chance!

Our flash fiction challenge is also back and the best ones will be published in Issue 4. All the flash fiction stories must be under 400 words, and must include / be inspired by the following prompt: “When the snow finally stopped falling…”

Check out our submission guidelines for more details. We can’t wait to read (and hopefully publish) your work!

Still looking for the perfect gift for the short story fan in your life?

It may be Christmas day, but our Christmas bundles still make a lovely late gift or treat for yourself over the festive period. The bundles include all three Firewords issues, a hand-stamped bookmark and a blank gift tag. They come all wrapped up in festive ribbon and only cost £11 (with free UK delivery.) This is your last chance to get one of these, so don’t miss out!

Firewords Bundle

Have a great Christmas ShortStoppers and we will see you in early 2015 with Issue 4.

Firewords Issue 3 is here!

Firewords Issue 3

Hi there ShortStops! Hot off the press, the newest issue of Firewords features stories about life, love and letting go, as well as the usual striking visuals created by an array of talented illustrators, photographers and designers.

The new look of Issue 2 gained a wonderful reaction and this has encouraged us to retain the perfect-bound format which really does maximize the impact of the artistry inside. We are learning alongside the growth of the magazine, and are sure that Issue 3 is our best one yet! Get yourself a copy and let us know if you agree.

Also available in our brand new shop: The much requested subscriptions are back and we have special Christmas bundles for sale – only £11 with free UK delivery! Stocking filler anyone?

P.S. Submissions for Issue 4 will be opening in early December, so keep your eyes peeled!

Firewords Christmas Bundles

Firewords Issue 3

Firewords Issue 3

Next event: Snow & Stars on Tuesday 10th December!


It’s like Christmas has come early! Yes, no need to feel your presents: the stories for our Snow & Stars event next Tuesday 10th December have been chosen!

They feature Hollywood rock stars, anti-Fascist gardeners, stellar visitors, phantom hounds, tips on how to get out of a family Christmas and Santa Claus on a massive coke bender. The League Elves will also throw in free mince pies, a bumper Christmas book quiz, and more tinsel than is strictly sensible.


About Christmas by Carolyn Eden
Santa’s Christmas Snowstorm by Alan Graham
First Foot by Brindley Hallam Dennis
Obviously Three Believers by Darren Lee
Mr. Frost by Liam Hogan

So pull up your sleigh to The Phoenix (address below) at 7pm on Tue Dec 10th and join us for our seasonal spectacular, in which our top authors and actors of the year will be announced, quiz questions will be asked, and secret surprises (well, books) will be pulled out of Santa’s sack for the lucky winners!

Tickets cost £5 on the door (cash only, no advance booking) and seating is unreserved – so it’s a good idea to get there a bit ahead of time if you want a good table. (NB – if you want to eat off the Phoenix’s Festive Menu, it’s best to pre-order your food by emailing enquiry@phoenixcavendishsquare.co.uk This shouldn’t be necessary if you’re having only one course, but better safe than sorry …)

The venue is downstairs at:
The Phoenix Pub
37 Cavendish Square

The Phoenix is 5 minutes’ walk from Oxford Circus tube station, which is on the Victoria, Bakerloo and Central lines. Map here