The End Book Jacket – Collection of Short Fiction


The End: Fifteen Endings To Fifteen Paintings is a collection of short fiction inspired by the works of Nicolas Ruston. Edited by Ashley Stokes and published by Unthank Books, The End will be accompanied by art exhibitions, and performances.


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Sarah Dobbs

Sarah Dobbs has a PhD and MA in Creative Writing from Lancaster University. She is a lecturer in Creative Writing at the University of Sunderland and has previously taught at MMU, Edge Hill, Manchester and on the Guardian Masterclass series. She’s the founder of Creative Writing the Artist’s Way and her debut crime novel, Killing Daniel, was published in 2012 by Unthank. You can visit her at @sarahjanedobbs

Aiden O’Reilly

Aiden O’Reilly's debut short story collection Greetings,Hero was published by Honest Publishing UK in 2014. Aiden has worked as a mathematics lecturer, translator, building-site worker, and property magazine editor. His fiction has appeared in The Stinging Fly, The Dublin Review, The Irish Times, Prairie Schooner,3am magazine, Unthology and several anthologies. He won the biannual McLaverty Short Story Award in 2008. He received a bursary from the Arts Council of Ireland in 2012.


u.v.ray writes explosive stories for punks and outsiders in an era of ever increasing sterility. His work has appeared internationally and his books can be found at Murder Slim Press.

Angela Readman

Angela Readman's stories have won the National Flash Fiction Day Competition, and The Costa Short Award. Her debut collection Don't Try This at Home won a Sabotuer Award in 2015, and a Rubery Book Award for short fiction.

Ashley Stokes

Ashley Stokes is the author of Touching the Starfish and The Syllabus of Errors. He is also editor of Unthology.

A. J. Ashworth

A. J. Ashworth's collection Somewhere Else, or Even Here won the Scott Prize and was shortlisted in the Edge Hill Prize. She also edited Red Room: New Short Stories Inspired by the Brontes.

Dan Powell

Dan Powell is a prize winning author of short fiction and a First Story writer-in-residence. His Scott Prize shortlisted collection, Looking Out Of Broken Windows, was also long listed for the Edge Hill Prize. @danpowfiction

Jonathan Taylor

Jonathan Taylor's books include the novels "Entertaining Strangers" (Salt, 2012) and "Melissa" (Salt, forthcoming 2015), the memoir "Take Me Home" (Granta, 2007), and the short-story collection "Kontakte and Other Stories" (Roman, 2013). He is Lecturer in Creative Writing at the University of Leicester.

Michael Crossan

Novel extract in Unthology 4 by Unthank Books. Short story winner in the Fish Anthology 2014. Shortlisted for Glimmer Train Open Fiction Prize 2013. Short story shortlisted for Bridport Prize 2011.

David Rose

David Rose made his fictional debut in the Literary Review in 1989; he has published two novels: Vault (Salt) and Meridian (Unthank Books); and a story collection: Posthumous Stories (Salt).

Tania Hershman

Tania Hershman is the author of My Mother Was An Upright Piano: Fictions (Tangent Books, 2012), and The White Road and Other Stories (Salt, 2008) and co-author of Writing Short Stories: A Writers' & Artists' Companion (Bloomsbury, 2014). Her debut poetry pamphlet will be published in Feb 2016.

Gordon Collins

Gordon Collins has been a market risk analyst, a maths lecturer, an English teacher in Japan and a computer graphics researcher specialising in virtual humans. He now writes and teaches maths.

Ailsa Cox

Ailsa Cox’s collection, The Real Louise and Other Stories, is published by Headland Press. Stories are included in Warwick Review, London Magazine and Best British Short Stories 2014. She lives in Liverpool and teaches at Edge Hill University.

Tim Sykes

Tim Sykes began writing a couple of years ago. He is working on a series of short stories set in St Petersburg in Russia's topsy-turvy 1990s.

Zoe Lambert

Zoe Lambert’s first collection, The War Tour, was published by Comma Press in 2011.