Dr. Jack’s Coney Island was our first choice for the first issue, and instantly set in stone what we wanted for the journal. Surreal and dream-like, or perhaps nightmarish, Jennifer Porter’s narrative is dominated by its heavy atmosphere, brimming like a storm on the horizon, and somewhat reminiscent of Murakami’s After Dark. An intelligent and thoughtful depiction of desperation and the intrusive thoughts that go with Postpartum Depression.
An extremely promising writer, Emma Guinness’ strength lies in her fantastic depiction of the repetition that comes with obsessive compulsive disorder, but there’s so much more to be found here. Delve deeper through Check’s layers, and you’ll find hints of domestic abuse, general anxiety and post-traumatic stress disorder. Be sure to keep an eye out for the number 4.