Scarecrow was founded in October 2004 as an online forum for book reviews, literary comment, short fiction and nation-wide art when, quite disillusioned with events in the publishing world, he decided to turn his back on the mainstream bookish blatherskites and focus primarily on misunderstood, ignored and abandoned underground and independent literary fiction and culture.
Scarecrow continues to bang the drum for the unheard, the unconventional, the eccentric, the revolutionary and the radical, and has evolved into a showcase for published and unpublished writers of short fiction and poetry and receives submissions from all corners of the globe each week – some make its pages most don’t.
Lee Rourke also reviews books for ReadySteadyBook.com. His short fiction has been published in numerous online and print publications and he regularly writes for Dazed & Confused Magazine and London’s The Penny.
Paul Ewen was born and raised in New Zealand. In 1996 he moved to Asia where he lived and worked for six years, including four years in Saigon, Vietnam. His stories have appeared in New Writing 13 (edited by Ali Smith & Toby Litt), The Times Higher Education Supplement, Tank magazine, 3:AM, and Scarecrow.London Pub Reviews will be his first book.
He now lives in South London.
London Pub Reviews is a collection of more than 40 reviews of real London pubs. However, each review ends in disaster, and the reviewer finds himself being removed from the pub in question, sometimes by the police, sometimes by the paramedics.
HP Tinker lives and writes in Manchester. His stories have been published in Ambit, 3:AM Magazine, Pulp.net, Dreams That Money Can Buy, the Laura Hird Showcase, and other places.
He has been anthologised in Dreams Never End (Tindal Street) and The Edgier Waters: 5 Years of 3:AM Magazine (Snowbooks). The Swank Bisexual Wine Bar of Modernity is his first collection of stories.
Tony O’Neill is the author of the autobiographical novel DIGGING THE VEIN (Wrecking Ball Press and Contemporary Press in the UK and US respectively), and a poetry collection, SONGS FROM THE SHOOTING GALLERY (Burning Shore Press, Winter 06). In a previous life, he was a musician with bands like The Brian Jonestown Massacre, Kenickie and Marc Almond. His career in music was derailed by quickie marriages, heroin addiction and crack abuse. He began writing during his first stint in rehab and has been writing since. SEIZURE WET DREAMS, a collection of short stories and poetry will be released by Social Disease, July 2006