|Posted by Stuart Hughes on November 1, 2011 at 4:40 AM||comments (0)|
Christopher Barker talks to Hampton Reviews about his short story "Obsolete" - published in the Derby Scribes 2011 Anthology.
Christopher says, "This story ('Obsolete') is a story I began writing roughly 7 years ago. The first half had been edited and worked to death since then, when we decided to go ahead with the Anthology I decided it was the perfect impetus for me to finally finish the story.
"The story itself was inspired by a gate-door set into a wall that I used to walk past on my way to work. On it was stenciled the word ‘Obsolete’; I have no idea why, but it started the story brewing and seemed the obvious choice for the title."
|Posted by Stuart Hughes on October 25, 2011 at 1:15 PM||comments (0)|
Simon Clark talks to Hampton Reviews about his previously unpublished short story "In the Spirit of Darwin" - published in the Derby Scribes 2011 Anthology.
Simon says, "I wrote "In The Spirit Of Darwin" because I wanted to explore the idea of Sir Charles Darwin returning to this world in modern times and wondering where human evolution was headed. Are we bound for extinction? Or will humans learn how to become truly civilized and renounce bigotry and intolerance?
"The reason it appears in the Derby Scribes anthology is because Stuart Hughes invited me to speak to members of the Derby Scribes group, and he mentioned that he was editing an anthology and asked me if I’d like to contribute a story. Of course, I said ‘yes.’ I was delighted to visit to the group. They are a great bunch of like-minded souls, and I felt so at ease there it was like coming home. I’m honoured to be part of an anthology created by a wonderful society."
|Posted by Stuart Hughes on October 24, 2011 at 12:20 PM||comments (0)|
Derby Scribes member Richard Farren Barber talks to Hampton Reviews about his short story "Last Respects" - published in the Derby Scribes 2011 Anthology.
Richard says, "'Last Respects' is a short story set in the World War I trenches. I ended up reading a lot about the Battle of the Somme and events on the 1st July 1916 in particular. This was after I’d written the first draft of the story and so I wanted to ensure what I wrote was factually correct. For me, I think the genesis of the story was considering what people consider worth enough to sacrifice their own life – whether that was for another person, a philosophy or the idea of freedom. There’s something about people who are prepared to give up their life for an ideal which I find fascinating.
"The title was very much suggested by the ending of the story – without giving too much away. I didn’t want it to be a “twist in the tail” story where the reader gets surprised at the end with how events turn out for Bryan (the main character). When I was writing the story I think the words that were uppermost in my mind at the time was respect – respecting those who made the ultimate sacrifice. I was intrigued by the stories I’d heard about the first world war soldiers who climbed out of the trenches and *walked* to certain death. That calm, measured pace very much set the tone of the piece for me."
|Posted by Stuart Hughes on October 21, 2011 at 3:55 AM||comments (0)|
Derby Scribes member Peter Borg talks to Hampton Reviews about his short story "Dave's Dinosaur" - published in the Derby Scribes 2011 Anthology.
Peter says, "My latest story, included in the anthology, is the introduction to a longer piece I am writing that follows the title character as he struggles to cope with the surreal situation of an invasion of dinosaurs. He lives in a world that is exactly like ours in every respect with the tiny exception that dinosaurs have spontaneously appeared all over the planet.
"I was playing a game with myself one day. I was trying to think of the strangest possible way to wake up. I thought that there couldn’t be a lot stranger than my partner informing me that there was a dinosaur outside the tent we were sleeping in. The story came from this idea."
|Posted by Stuart Hughes on October 18, 2011 at 2:15 PM||comments (0)|
"Overall, this is a good eclectic mix of stories from British writers. They are by turns amusing, interesting, and very readable. There are many that are very clever and well done.
"This is an enjoyable read for those readers who like Brit-Lit, and is a fine introduction for those readers who have not yet experienced it.
"Four out of Five Stars."
Kathy C, Hampton Reviews, 16th October 2011.
|Posted by Stuart Hughes on October 18, 2011 at 2:10 PM||comments (0)|
Derby Scribes guest author Neal James talks to Hampton Reviews about his short story "The Smell of Fear" - published in the Derby Scribes 2011 Anthology.
Neal says, "My story in the Derby Scribes 2011 Anthology titled ‘The Smell of Fear’ came about when I was writing my second volume of short stories, and I was looking for a completely new angle to explore. I had written all of the usual romance, horror, crime stuff as so forth, and began wondering about a story which was more unusual than the logical stuff which I had been turning out.
"The idea of a local bully was appealing, but I needed something which would make the story stand out. I hit upon the idea of dogs when watching ‘Lady and the Tramp’ one evening, and it rolled out quite naturally from that background. The story then seemed to tell itself to me, and the words just flowed."
|Posted by Stuart Hughes on October 17, 2011 at 5:30 AM||comments (0)|
"The upside of an anthology is that you get a collection of authors noodling on a similar theme; in this case, death seems to be the unifying element, but the whole book was threaded through with a touch of humor that really meant even a riot, death, and military imprisonment couldn’t rightly give me nightmares.
"It’s difficult to know how to properly review such a diverse range of story offerings, other than to say that the editing was pretty well done, and the theme definitely helps the collection hang together.
"I can absolutely recommend this anthology to anyone who likes fantasy with a thread of humor tied together with a more or less evident thread of the fantastic."
Tonya Cannariato, A Book A Day, 16th October 2011.
|Posted by Stuart Hughes on October 17, 2011 at 5:20 AM||comments (0)|
The Derby Scribes 2011 Anthology has been published as a print edition by Stumar Press. You can purchase the book for £4.00 plus postage and packaging.
It contains eleven short stories from guest authors Simon Clark, Conrad Williams and Neal James, plus Derby Scribes members Stuart Hughes, Richard Farren Barber, Victoria Charvill, Christopher Barker, Alison J. Hill, David Ball, Jennifer Brown and Peter Borg.
What others say about it:
"The anthology is an exciting mixture of quality emerging writers as well as some great established names.” – Alex Davis, Alt.Fiction.
“The Derby Scribes 2011 anthology is an enjoyable tome of drama, whimsy and chills.” – Matthew Fryer, Welcome to the Hellforge.
“This anthology reminded me that even short fiction can pack a powerful punch.” – BJ, Dark Side of the Covers.
“On the whole this is a good collection that showcases some fine talent. Definitely worth your time and hard earned cash.” – Jim McLeod, Ginger Nuts of Horror.
Read the full Press Release.
|Posted by Stuart Hughes on October 17, 2011 at 5:10 AM||comments (0)|
Derby Scribes member Jennifer Brown talks to Hampton Reviews about her short story "Leaving Jessica" - published in the Derby Scribes 2011 Anthology.
Jennifer says, "The Derby Scribes Anthology is a collection of stories written by a group of talented amateur writers. Everybody in the group is always kicking off new projects; mine is a children’s story whose plot came straight from the storyline generator on the Script Frenzy organization website. A generous king sets out to rid the world of bad pop music. Can such a crazy idea translate into a good tale? I’ll let you know!
"Writing my piece for the anthology wasn’t just about coming up with something to contribute, it was about the challenge of writing a totally original piece where all the world-building and character development had to be within that one story. I’d cut my writing teeth on fanfiction, and was used to being able to jump straight in with a rounded character that my audience already knew. Going without that was hard, but made completion all the more satisfying."
|Posted by Stuart Hughes on October 13, 2011 at 12:25 PM||comments (0)|
"If speculative fiction is an all-you-can-eat buffet, then this anthology is the appetizer tray, featuring tempting little tastes of multiple flavors…
"As a character-driven reader, I rarely read short stories…but when was given the opportunity to read an anthology that showcases several of my favorite genres, I decided to break with my normal routine and give it a try. Overall, I’m glad I did.
"I’m still more of a series reader than a short-story one, but this anthology reminded me that even short fiction can pack a powerful punch. If you’re a fan of speculative fiction as a whole, and are looking for a quick, entertaining read – or some bite-sized stories to squeeze in between novels – consider giving this collection a try."
BJ, Dark Side of the Covers, 21st September 2011.