As exquistely produced as it is endlessly fascinating, The Alarmist is a bold new British based literary magazine (although it’s too high quality for that label, how about Journal?) that revels in inventiveness and puerile humour.
Filled to the brim with a mix of innovative short stories, poems and other writings and lovely quirky illustrations, The Alarmist casts it’s contributory net wide and captures quite a few gems. The production quality is top-notch, the graphic design excellent, and even better it knows not to take itself too seriously. You’ll find much to make you laugh, smile, be offended by and even think about – a great combination in this up-to-the-minute publication.
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Here at Newsstand we love the strange mix of bizarre, surrealist humour (example: Balloon Poetry #01, a balloon actually included with the magazine emblazoned with the words “fed up with my friends letting me down”) and literary works covering every subject big, small and just plain unexpected (example: a man’s compassion for a giant lobster) that can be found in The Alarmist.
This publication – which really is absolutely top quality when it comes to production values, with the cover having a pleasing matte finish – remembers that one of the best things in life is to have fun. The vast majority of literary magazines out there take themselves ever so seriously (The Alarmist might have stronger language to describe that) but this one likes to have a laugh. The impressive array of contributors means that you get a pleasingly varied range of approaches to writing, and there’s always something to pique your interest just over the next page. And it certainly pulls no punches when it comes to topics and humour – not really one for the kids, though we can imagine teenagers loving it.
Finally a quick word about the art direction – excellent. Overall this is a fascinating, intriguing, gorgeously designed and refreshingly un-pretentious literary journal, and is pretty much perfect for anyone who fancies themselves a thinker but hasn’t lost their sense of humour. NB