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Interviewed by Morgen Bailey

Posted by Stuart Hughes on July 12, 2011 at 5:13 AM Comments comments (0)

I have been interviewed about my writing by Morgen Bailey.

Check out the interview.

Editing again

Posted by Stuart Hughes on April 22, 2011 at 3:34 AM Comments comments (0)

With the line-up of writers and stories for Hersham Horror Book’s Alt-Dead anthology confirmed, the editorial team have gone into full-on editing mode.

Editor Peter Mark May has divided the stories into two batches for his deputy editors – Adrian Chamberlin and yours truly – to read through and edit.

I finished working through my batch of eight yesterday and a thoroughly enjoyable read the stories were too. It reminded me of my previous life editing and publishing Peeping Tom with my good friend David Bell.

Alt-Dead will be the first title published by Hersham Horror Books. Currently at editing stage, the anthology will be a print and Kindle release, with an approximate release date of 1st September 2011 and a launch at FantasyCon over the weekend of 30th September to 2nd October 2011 at the Royal Albion Hotel, Brighton.

The full line-up is: -

The Shufflers by Steven Savile and Steve Lockley

The Men in High Castles by Ian Woodhead

Mr Huxton Goes Camping by Mark West

Last Supper by Dave Jeffery

A Real Buried Treasure by Stuart Neild

Shape Without Form, Shade Without Colour by Steve Bacon

In Bits by R. J. Gaulding

Running With The Dead by Zach Black

Z Cruise by Katherine Tomlinson

Fisher Of Men by Adrian Chamberlin

The Clinic by Jan Edwards

Unfinished Business by Stuart Hughes

Talk Show by Richard Farren Barber

Everybody Floats by Gary McMahon

Till Death Do Us Part by Stuart Young

The Jacket by Johnny Mains


Posted by Stuart Hughes on April 14, 2011 at 10:26 AM Comments comments (0)

I now have my own bookmarks. How cool, is that?

Watch this space! Coming soon...

Posted by Stuart Hughes on March 25, 2011 at 1:08 PM Comments comments (0)

This blog is supposed to be about more than just Derby County so I thought I'd take this opportunity to update you on my creative writing endeavours thus far in 2011.

After a successful return to writing last year, I got off to a great start to the year when my drabble In His Own Way was published in Sex and Murder Magazine #16 on 14th January 2011. My first American publishing credit.

Two more short stories will be published soon with Brylcreem and Pipe Tobacco due to be published online in Golden Visions Magazine on 1st April 2011 (I'm assured that isn't an April Fool) and the British Fantasy Society Journal Spring 2011 issue is at the printers now and will contain my short story Soul Break.

And there's more ... another story Unfinished Business will be published in the Alt-Dead anthology this Autumn and Brylcreem and Pipe Tobacco will be published in the Derby Scribes Anthology later this year.

Already scheduled in for the July 2012 issue of Morpheus Tales is my short story Canvassing Opinion. No typo there I do mean 2012, it's going to be a long wait.

And as if that isn't enough, my thoughts on Derby County continue to be published in my local newspaper as part of the Derby Telegrah's Rams Panel and on the websites RamZone and Derby County Mad.

And no, I haven't solved the Roy of the Rovers Mystery yet.

My work in progress at the moment is mainly collaborations (I haven't forgotten my novel but I'll update you on that another time). I'm still trying to place some collaborations I wrote with D. F. Lewis as well as a fairy tale I wrote recently with fellow Derby Scribe Peter Borg titled The Sin-Eater's Apprentice. The fairy tale is set in the Derby Scribes Shared World.

I'm also working on what, hopefully, will be a series of collaborations with another Derby Scribe Richard Farren Barber. The first story, Synsis, has received it's first rejection today. I'm working on the final edit of the next story, Night Lights, and Richard and I are working on two more provisionally titled Those Were The Rules and The Half Life of Charlie K.

Finally my short story The Car Park was accepted by Midnight Street yesterday. I haven't told the editor but this is my jinx story as it has already sounded the death-knell for Skeleton Crew and Maelstrom - both magazines accepted the story but folded before they ever got around to publishing it. I hope Midnight Street has taken the anecdote.

Simon Clark visits Derby Scribes

Posted by Stuart Hughes on March 9, 2011 at 7:43 AM Comments comments (0)

It was great to catch-up with Simon Clark again recently when he visited the local writers group Derby Scribes. I first met Simon at a Fantasycon convention in the late eighties/early nineties and went on to publish some of his short stories in the quarterly magazine Peeping Tom I used to edit and publish with my good friend David Bell. One of those stories, “Salt Snake” (published in Peeping Tom 1993) was deservedly reprinted in DAW's The Year's Best Horror XXII (1994), edited by Karl Edward Wagner.

Since those days in the early nineties Simon has gone on to publish twenty-one novels, six novellas, and five short story collections. I remember when Simon’s first short story collection “Blood and Grit” was published in 1990. In fact, I was so taken by the final story in that collection, a story titled “Sex, Savagery and Blood, Blood, Blood” that I wrote a pastiche of it called “Pay Back Time” which Simon kindly allowed me to publish in my own short story collection “Ocean Eyes” and fittingly it became the final story in my book.

At Derby Scribes Simon talked for approximately an hour and a half about his writing career, about how he got his big break, and offered up many interesting anecdotes including the evil robot in his loft that scared all of his school friends; he described his euphoria at seeing his first short story in print, talked about how he got to write the sequel to John Wyndham’s “The Day of the Triffids,” and about his experience writing “The Dalek Factor” – a Doctor Who novella featuring the Daleks.

Simon answered questions from the Derby Scribes and provided the group with useful hints and tips and advice for our own writing. Needless to say he sold some of his books too – I purchased a hardback copy of “The Night of the Triffids” to add to my existing Simon Clark library.

All in all a very interesting and entertaining Derby Scribes session and inspiration for me to continue with my own work in progress novel.

Simon has also kindly provided the writing group with a short story titled “In the Spirit of Darwin” which will be published in the Derby Scribes anthology later this year.