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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."


Read the Review in full.


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

David Ball - Derby Scribes 2011 Anthology author interviewed

Posted by Stuart Hughes on October 13, 2011 at 12:20 PM Comments comments (0)

Derby Scribes member David Ball talks to Hampton Reviews about his short story "An Interstellar Taxi Ride" - published in the Derby Scribes 2011 Anthology.


David says, "My story in the Derby Scribes Anthology is "An Interstellar Taxi Ride".


"I’ve always preferred to write science fiction, mainly because if you invent some quirky technology or unlikely reason for something to happen, nobody can tell you it’s wrong!."


Read the full interview.

Alison J. Hill - Derby Scribes 2011 Anthology author interviewed

Posted by Stuart Hughes on October 13, 2011 at 12:10 PM Comments comments (0)

Derby Scribes member Alison J. Hill talks to Hampton Reviews about her short story "The Wake Up Call" - published in the Derby Scribes 2011 Anthology.


Alison says, "I always think it helps your writing technique to write in different ways, and try your hand at various genres, so the story I wrote for the anthology was a short story that I worked on more as an exercise in helping with my technique.


"I didn’t decide upon the title until after I’d written the story, and I struggled to decide on one to be honest, but after a lot of thought I finally decided on a title I thought befitting to the theme of the story."


Read the full interview.

Derby Scribes 2011 Anthology - **Print Edition Available Now**

Posted by Stuart Hughes on October 13, 2011 at 12:00 PM Comments comments (0)

The Derby Scribes 2011 Anthology is now available in a print edition.


"The anthology is an exciting mixture of quality emerging writers as well as some great established names." - Alex Davis.


Buy it Here!


An exciting mix of the fantastic, the wonderful, and the frightening by the talented members of the Derby Scribes writing group. Overall it's a versatile and multi-faceted anthology, blending corners of reality with aspects of the fantastical in a refreshing way.


"The Derby Scribes 2011 anthology is an enjoyable tome of drama, whimsy and chills." - Welcome to the Hellforge.


"This anthology reminded me that even short fiction can pack a powerful punch." - 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." - Ginger Nuts of Horror.


Containing eleven short stories from Scribes Alison J. Hill, Christopher Barker, David Ball, Jennifer Brown, Peter Borg, Richard Farren Barber, Stuart Hughes and Victoria Charvill, plus guest authors Conrad Williams, Simon Clark and Neal James.


The short stories in this anthology include horror, supernatural, contemporary fantasy, science fiction and humour.

 

British Fantasy Society announce Stumar Press

Posted by Stuart Hughes on September 21, 2011 at 1:05 PM Comments comments (0)

The British Fantasy Society announced Stumar Press on their website.


"Stumar Press is a new independent publisher; its first publication is the Derby Scribes 2011 Anthology – eleven short stories by Simon Clark, Conrad Williams, Neal James and members of the Derby Scribes writing group.


"The aim of the imprint is to publish horror and fantasy fiction, primarily as eBook editions available for the Kindle and via Smashwords on a variety of other platforms. Print book editions for some of Stumar Press’s titles will also be made available. Focussing on short stories, Stumar Press is looking to publish both collections and anthologies, and is currently inviting author pitches. The Press is also interested in publishing an eBook version of previously published print edition short story collections where the author has retained copyright and no eBook edition exists."


Read the full announcement.

FantasyCon Reading - Soul Screams

Posted by Stuart Hughes on September 21, 2011 at 12:35 PM Comments comments (0)

Horror and crime novelist Sara-Jayne Townsend will be reading a short story from her forthcoming collection Soul Screams at FantasyCon, at 3:30 pm on the afternoon of Friday 30th September 2011.


The reading will take place in Room 134 of the Royal Albion Hotel, Brighton. If you're at FantasyCon at that time, do come along.


Soul Screams will contain thirteen horror stories - both psychological and supernatural tales. Many of them are angsty, dealing with negative emotions and darkness of the soul.


Coming Soon in early 2012.

Sara-Jayne Townsend blogs about "Soul Screams"

Posted by Stuart Hughes on September 17, 2011 at 7:35 AM Comments comments (0)

Sara-Jayne Townsend blogs about her forthcoming short story collection "Soul Screams" - to be published in 2012 by Stumar Press.


Sara-Jayne says, "I am pleased to be able to announce that my next publishing project is in the pipeline. A collection of my short stories, with the working title of SOUL SCREAMS, will be released as an e-book and POD version, with a scheduled publication date of February 2012.


"The anthology will contain previously published short stories, as well as some unpublished ones. They are all horror-themed, but much of my earlier work dealt with psychological horror rather than supernatural horror, and characters in very dark places. It’s not going to be an uplifting read, put it that way. Unlike my novels, my short stories rarely end happily.


"I am very excited about working on it."


Stumar Press are delighted to have Sara-Jayne Townsend onboard and are excited about publishing Soul Screams in 2012.


Read the full blog here.

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."


Read the Review in full.


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."


Read the review in full.


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

Derby Scribes 2011 Anthology - eBook available now

Posted by Stuart Hughes on September 4, 2011 at 4:30 AM Comments comments (0)

Derby Scribes 2011 Anthology - eBook editions published August 2011 in all formats.


"The anthology is an exciting mixture of quality emerging writers as well as some great established names." - Alex Davis.


Amazon (for Kindle): U.K. / U.S.A.


Smashwords (other eReader formats).


An exciting mix of the fantastic, the wonderful, and the frightening by the talented members of the Derby Scribes writing group. Overall it's a versatile and multi-faceted anthology, blending corners of reality with aspects of the fantastical in a refreshing way.


View the trailer.


Containing eleven short stories from Scribes Alison J. Hill, Christopher Barker, David Ball, Jennifer Brown, Peter Borg, Richard Farren Barber, Stuart Hughes and Victoria Charvill, plus guest authors Conrad Williams, Neal James, and Simon Clark.


The short stories in this anthology include horror, supernatural, contemporary fantasy, science fiction and humour.

 


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