Schlock's Malta exclusive

Back with a new Malta-themed issue, Schlock Magazine ( is now available online and feature an exciting array of writing and artwork. Included among the writing on offer is an exclusive extract from Guze Stagno’s latest novel – his first work in English.

Drawing inspiration from the islands, Schlock’s writers have explored the Maltese experience, with an intriguing blend of quirkiness and insight that readers have come to expect from the online publication. From gritty satire to whimsical fantasy, the magazine’s treatment of our archipelago leaves no (lime)stone unturned.

“We wanted to tap into the potential for weirdness Malta has to offer,” says Schlock’s editorial board. “We definitely wanted to present a view of the island that’s unsentimental, edgy and, above all, great fun.”

The editorial team is pleased to present Schlock’s new blend of speculative fiction, with this uniquely local twist. “With quality as our only pre-requisite Schlock, as the name suggests, is about just writing what you want – the real fun is in subverting the rules of genre and producing something truly new.”

First launched in December 2008, this edition will be Schlock’s second quarterly anthology. The magazine’s first quarterly, published last March, took ‘Song’ as its theme and offered a substantial selection of high-quality international fiction and poetry as well as work from its core stable of local contributors. The Malta issue includes work written in Maltese, creating a bilingual mix that reflects the reality of life on the rock.

Schlock Magazine also publishes a daily dose of flash fiction on its website.

Schlock – The Malta issue is also be available as a free downloadable pdf from the site. Readers can also follow the magazine on Facebook ( and Twitter (