Week 9 UK Chapbook Chart 2017 – Matthew Asprey


Matthew Asprey

It’s a week of change on the UK Chapbook Chart starting with a new Number 1 in What’s In The Bag? by Matthew Asprey. This chapbook contains two light-hearted crime stories by Asprey. The A-side, ‘What’s In The Bag?’ features a bickering couple, a highway, a decrepit car – and a mysterious bag. The flip-side, ‘Chick Lit’, (originally published at Over My Dead Body! The Mystery Magazine Online), is not actually a piece of chick lit. It’s a bank robbery story set in the Portuguese barrio of a big city.

MATTHEW ASPREY GEAR is an Australian writer. He is one of the founding editors of Contrappasso Magazine. His work has appeared in the Los Angeles Review of Books, Senses of Cinema, Bright Lights Film JournalCrime Factory, PopMattersIsland, Extempore, and Over My Dead Body! Many of his novellas are available in chapbook and ebook formats. In 2011 Matthew Asprey Gear graduated with a PhD in Media Studies at Macquarie University in Sydney. He has lectured on cinema and creative writing.

New entries into the UK chapbook top ten are What’s In The Bag? by Matthew Asprey at No.1, Poems for Political Disaster by Timothy Donnelly at No.4, To Demons/To God by Demosthenes Alathea at No.9 and The Dead Spaces by April Pitts at No.10.

The No.1 Publisher crown is shared between four houses, Pluto Press, Hollyridge Press, CreateSpace Independent Publishing and Amazon Media EU S.à r.l all have 2 entries in the top ten.

Oscar Wilde is the leading author with 2 publications in the top ten.


1 (-) What’s In The Bag? – Matthew Asprey (CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform, 2 Jun. 2013)

2 (1) On The Kitchen Table From Which Everything Has Been Hastily Removed – Olena Kalytiak Davis (Hollyridge Press, 1 July 2009)

3 (2) Hard Rain – Tony Hoagland (Hollyridge Press, 20 Oct. 2005)

4 (-) Poems for Political DisasterTimothy Donnelly, Bk Fischer, Stefania Heim and Matt Lord (Boston Review, 20 Jan. 2017)      

5 (5) Ballad of Reading Gaol – Oscar Wilde (Pluto Press, 29 Jun 1978)

6 (6) Soul of Man Under Socialism – Oscar Wilde (Pluto Press, 1 Jan 1987)

7 (8) Over The Skin – Carole Bulewski  (Sampson Low Ltd, 17 Nov 2015)

8 (7) #KillAllPoets – Kneel Downe and Susan Omand (CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform, 31 Jan. 2017)

9 (-) To Demons/To God: A Spiritual Phoenix Demosthenes Alathea (Amazon Media EU S.à r.l., No Date)

10 (-) The Dead Spaces – April Pitts (Amazon Media EU S.à r.l., No Date)



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