Most of our 28 short stories do not need a content warning, but a few may contain references to events that are unsettling, even disturbing, for some readers.

This content warning is not censorship. These content notes are made available here so readers can inform themselves if they want to. It gives a heads up about which of our short stories contain references some readers may prefer to avoid just now. Alternatively, they may be in a place where they are ready to start reading redemptive stories but just need a little forewarning to brace themselves.

Some readers might consider these as ‘spoilers’, particularly the detailed content warnings. In which case, don’t read this page. Just read the book.

Content Warnings and the short stories they apply to:

Alcohol consumption
A Stumble in the Dark
Slagoon’s Breath
The Apocalypse Chess Club
These Little Moments in Time
Time at the Bar

Antisemitism
Pure of Heart

Blood
Up Frogs

Bullying
Moonshard
Of Red Riding Hood, Grandmas & Wolves
Pure of Heart

Child Abuse
Pure of Heart
The Cabin
The Shell Necklace

Childhood Trauma
‘Look Up’
Up Frogs

Death
A Letter from the Other Side
The Apocalypse Chess Club
The Network of Mine
These Little Moments in Time
The Trees Grew Tall
The Well Keeps its Secret
Up Frogs

Distress
The Network of Mine

Elder Abuse
Of Red Riding Hood, Grandmas & Wolves

Fox hunting
Pure of Heart

Incest
The Cabin

Murder
The Shell Necklace
The Trees Grew Tall

Racism
Pure of Heart

Rape
The Cabin

Sexual Abuse
The Cabin

Scars
Slagoon’s Breath

Suicide
Up Frogs

Violence
Moonshard
Of Red Riding Hood, Grandmas & Wolves
Slagoon’s Breath
The Cabin
The Giant of Gull Rocks
The Shell Necklace

 

Short Stories with detailed content warnings:

A Letter from the Other Side

  • Death – memories before and after her mother passes away

A Stumble in the Dark

  • Alcohol consumption – starts at a bar and mentions inebriation on pages 103-104

‘Look Up’

  • Childhood Trauma – how objects help a child cope with childhood trauma and description of trigger that helps her to finally grieve, pages 124-125

Moonshard

  • Bullying – childhood bully makes taunts pages 306-307, being beaten up, page 312
  • Violence – being beaten up, page 312

Of Red Riding Hood, Grandmas & Wolves

  • Bullying – a carer reviews events that might point to a son bullying his mother
  • Death – news that a patient has died page 69
  • Elder Abuse – a carer reviews clues that might point to a son abusing, even killing, his mother
  • Violence – a carer reviews clues that might point to a son abusing, even killing, his mother

Pure of Heart

  • Antisemitism – part of the story is about a Jewish child rescued from Nazi Germany and how her new family rescue her from her childhood sweetheart, now in the Nazi Youth
  • Bullying – a boy escapes from boys chasing him, pages 329-330
  • Child Abuse – a boy escapes from boys trying to bully him, pages 329-330
  • Fox hunting – a fox escapes the hounds, page 328
  • Racism – names given to Nazis during pograms in the war, page 326, child being bullied is called an emmet, page 329

Slagoon’s Breath

  • Alcohol consumption – the brothers run a bar and have a brief drinking session pages 51-52, Fred wants his whisky when he returns page 57
  • Scars – brief description in second paragraph on page 47
  • Violence – havoc created by kraken pages 48-49

The Apocalypse Chess Club

  • Alcohol consumption – wine in the evening
  • Death – memories of Papi before and after his death

The Cabin

  • Child Abuse – mention of unwanted attentions from her father, pages 293 and 298-299, threat page 296
  • Incest – mention of unwanted attentions from her father, pages 293 and 298-299
  • Rape – mention of unwanted attentions from her father, pages 293 and 298-299
  • Sexual Abuse – mention of unwanted attentions from her father, pages 293 and 298-299
  • Violence – piskies beat up the abusive father, pages 297-300

The Giant of Gull Rocks

  • Violence – destruction of the Cornish landscape poetically told

The Network of Mine

  • Death – non-gory description of the process of dying, page 250
  • Distress – how a visitor suffers in the depths of a mine

These Little Moments in Time

  • Alcohol consumption – a sip of something on a bench
  • Death – memories before and after a father passes away

The Shell Necklace

  • Child Abuse – suggested by ringlets in description of victim of drowning, page 92
  • Murder – described on page 92
  • Violence – drowning of victim, page 92

The Trees Grew Tall

  • Death – described on page 143
  • Murder – suggested on page 149

The Well Keeps its Secret

  • Death – suggested on page 210

Time at the Bar

  • Alcohol consumption – story set in a bar

Up Frogs

  • Blood – in a dream, second to last paragraph page 342, followed by how he learns to cope
  • Childhood Trauma – briefly described page 342, followed by how he learns to cope
  • Death – referred to briefly page 342, followed by how he learns to cope
  • Suicide – referred to briefly page 342, followed by how he learns to cope