Cornish Reading Challenge: Read Street of the Scream by Sharon Tregenza

Children's author and Cornish maid Sharon Tregenza has provided The Bandwagon with her short story, Street of the Scream, for Cornish Reading Challenge participants to read and enjoy. Beware the scream that can’t be seen, the icy stare, beware, beware – or it will push you over. Saved by the bell? All well, all well, [...]

Manipulated Lives by H.A. Leuschel

I review Manipulated Lives by H.A. Leuschel. Five stories – five lives Have you ever felt confused or at a loss for words in front of a spouse, colleague or parent, to the extent that you have felt inadequate or, worse, a failure? Do you ever wonder why someone close to you seems to endure humiliation [...]

Weltanschauung by Vikki Patis

Yep, you read that right. Weltanschauung, my short story collection, is now available on Amazon. The harbinger, the oddball, the remaining twin… Weltanschauung seeks to open your eyes to different stories, set in different worlds and at different times, but with the same theme in mind: to make you question your worldview. This collection of [...]

Some Girls Do: A’s Story

This is a story submitted to The Bandwagon by a brave young woman. She's choosing to stay anonymous, and we will respect that choice. Just as we will respect her ability to speak out. The Bandwagon is always open to guest posts, and encourages survivors of rape, sexual and domestic abuse, to submit their stories [...]

Audrie & Daisy, & Vikki

At the weekend, I watched Audrie & Daisy, a documentary on Netflix that examines the ripple effects on families, friends, schools and communities when two underage young women find that sexual assault crimes against them have been caught on camera. I've spoken openly about something that happened to me when I was a teenager. A lot [...]

Mine by Katie Crawford

I review Mine by Katie Crawford. Perhaps it would have been different if the baby girl had lived. Perhaps Maggie and Janie would have stayed, a house of four women and only one wandering man. Maybe then their Daddy would have been the only one left searching. They might have grown old together there, then [...]

Grave Oversight by Vikki Patis

I entered this short story into Stephen King's recent competition with The Guardian. Needless to say, I wasn't shortlisted, so my work will never be read by Mr King himself. But the competition gave me the drive to finally finish a story, to write and rewrite and put myself out there for the world to [...]

Waggy Tales by Vikki Patis

A few months ago, I wrote a short story for my partner's family, to cheer them up during a difficult time. It features several of their animals, as well as my cats, and a host of other furry friends. Below is the first chapter - it's suitable for all ages, and is illustrated by my [...]