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Hampton Reviews review Derby Scribes 2011 Anthology

Posted by Stuart Hughes on October 18, 2011 at 2:15 PM Comments 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."

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Kathy C, Hampton Reviews, 16th October 2011.

A Book A Day reviews Derby Scribes 2011 Anthology

Posted by Stuart Hughes on October 17, 2011 at 5:30 AM Comments 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."

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Tonya Cannariato, A Book A Day, 16th October 2011.

Dark Side of the Covers reviews Derby Scribes 2011 Anthology

Posted by Stuart Hughes on October 13, 2011 at 12:25 PM Comments 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."

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BJ, Dark Side of the Covers, 21st September 2011.

Ginger Nuts of Horror review Derby Scribes 2011 Anthology

Posted by Stuart Hughes on September 16, 2011 at 1:50 PM Comments comments (0)

"Derby Scribes is an anthology that collects stories from the aforementioned writing group. Now folks I hear the groaning from the back row, a writing group, this is going to be like some really poor Am Dram production.

"At first I thought the same, but when I saw that both Simon Clark and Conrad Williams, two of the finest established UK horror authors had stories in this, I thought they wouldn't have attached their name to something of poor quality.

"On the whole this is a good collection, that showcases some fine talent, definitely worth your time and hard earned cash. You can Purchase Derby Scribes 2011 Anthology and please do."

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Jim McLeod, Ginger Nuts of Horror, 15th September 2011.

Hellforge reviews Derby Scribes 2011 Anthology

Posted by Stuart Hughes on September 4, 2011 at 4:45 AM Comments comments (0)

"This new anthology from Stumar Press comes courtesy of the combined efforts of the Derby Scribes, a keen UK writing group who’ve been gathering twice monthly in a pub for several years. The book features tales from both regular members and guests at their meetings, some of whom are established authors, others less known. I’m always tentative when approaching books like this, even with a sprinkling of familiar names on the TOC. The efforts of some writing groups - despite their well-meant enthusiasm – can be rather hard work, but I needn’t have worried. The Derby Scribes’ 2011 anthology is an enjoyable tome of drama, whimsy and chills.

"As the Derby Scribes’ founder Alex Davis notes in the introduction, the vibe here is probably darker than the average writing group, but there’s still an eclectic mix of sf, supernatural, drama, thrills and humour. I enjoyed the mystery of what might be next, and despite the range of styles and genres, it manages a strangely cohesive feel. As writing groups go, this is clearly a dedicated and damned good one. 'Derby Scribes 2011' is a solid anthology."

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Matthew Fryer, Welcome to the Hellforge, 3rd September 2011.