Part psychological thriller, part crime story Gr:easter opens with the protagonist being summoned to a meeting for which there are no excuses for not attending: there is an obligation which must be fulfilled! The journey begins as a relatively straight forward narration of travel back to his home town and formative milieu and yet there are multiple layers in which themes such as resurrection, honor and duty are explored. Gr:easter has a thick skin of gritty toughness and a threatening of mishap and violence, but in the end it's a tale of honor amongst scoundrels reminiscent of Burroughs, McCarthy and Bukowski where the unrelenting hallucinogenic lyricism questions whether the protagonist is depicting real events or filtering them through his own crazy world view in which every saint is a sinner and all men are damned.
10% of the profits from this short story will be donated to the The Adventist Development and Relief Agency.
About the Author:
Born in Melbourne in 1965 at the Royal Women’s Hospital and whisked away from his mother as part of the white stolen generation policies where un-wed mothers were stripped of their children. He was adopted and raised all over country Victoria having at age 17 lived in 11 different houses and attended 9 different schools. At a grade 6 literacy test he read at a university level and when matriculating he won
the schools humanity score prize. His attendance at university was sporadic.
W<J>P Newnham hitchhiked around Australia working as barman, bum and waiter; slaughter hand, deckhand and master spending 25 years working in the Northern Prawn Fishery. He has travelled extensively in south-east Asia, the Americas and Japan and speaks market-place Indonesian with some fluency.
W<J>P Newnham has had stories published in ‘Nocturnal Submissions’, ‘Overland’ , ‘The Lifted Brow’, ‘Meanjin’, ‘Full of Crow’, ‘Gapped Tooth Madness’, , ‘Horror Sleaze Trash’, ‘Going Down Swinging’, ‘Street Cake’, ‘SynchChaos, ‘’Storgy’’ and ‘Gone Lawn’. His short story Merry-Crack-Mass has been published by InShort Publishing as a ‘pocket book’. He has finished writing a novella called “Fuck You; Hemingway” and is looking for a publisher.
He lives in Brisbane, Australia with his partner and 2 blue-heelers.