Syllabus 76

I have an essay on Empty State, a new website dedicated to exploring the ways in which writers do or do not use digital communications in fiction.

In Syllabus 76 I think about the role of Facebook in my story The Syllabus of Errors, from the collection of the same name, and whether the story would be the same if I’d set in 1976.

‘This summoning of ghost versions is normal on the internet — it’s how the internet works on all of us, but especially the needy and bitter. As spurs for fictions, the everyday potential of semi-random online encounters paired with snapshots and images works no differently than the ‘glimpses’ Henry James refers to in The Art of Fiction, but with the extra dimension that they can be revisited ad infinitum by the brooder unless he or she oversteps the mark. As this new unstable element in human relationships is here to stay (Facebook may well be declining but social media is not) it seems a shame that more writers are not exploring it as scrupulously as they do the recent and distant past, with its limited vistas and different shades of solitude.’

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You can read the whole piece here.

Empty State is looking for fiction, reviews and features that engage with how the internet intersects with writing and storytelling. Contact details are on the website.

 

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Welcome to the Unthology Archipelago

 

Very pleased to invite you to the launch of Unthology 9 at a special Project U event on 6th April at the Library Restaurant in Norwich.

Unthology 9 is the latest in our celebrated series showcasing short fiction by new and established authors.

Join us on the night, have a drink, mingle and listen to heart-rending tales of catastrophe and salvage.

 

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Your Host:

Ashley Stokes (editor)

Readers:

Roelof Bakker
Judy Birkbeck
Gordon Collins
Tim Love
Jane Roberts
Tim Sykes

Upstairs at The Library restaurant.
4a Guildhall Hill
Norwich
NR2 1JH
7 – 10pm
FREE

Unthology 9, edited by Ashley Stokes and Robin Jones

Succumb when love fizzles out and degrades you in public, when your knees give and your breath fails. Shun your mother. Flee the music of the camps and the glare of white nights. Sell your baby. Sell your stash, your kidney and your collection of strange dolls to buy a time machine. Brave the seas in a bathtub. Ride the dust currents. Your timing must be impeccable, and your skill with the scalpel expert. Mourn, salvage and refuse to fade. Struggle up the beach, heart raring, fists tightened. Welcome to the archipelago. Welcome to Unthology 9.

 UNTHOLOGY 9: The Vital Statistics

ISBN: 97819100641442
PRICE: £9.99
EDITORS: Ashley Stokes and Robin Jones
PUBLICATION: April 6th 2017
CATEGORIES: General Fiction
DIMENSIONS: 129 x

UNTHOLOGISTS

Juno Baker, Roelof Bakker, Judy Birkbeck, SJ Butler, Gordon Collins, Dan Coxon, Sarah Dobbs, Sarah Evans, Rosie Gailor, Tania Hershman, Tim Love, Mark Mayes, Jane Roberts, John D Rutter,   Nick Sweeney, Tim Sykes, Jonathan Taylor

The First Review

“The tales in Unthank Books’ Unthology 9 are awash with troubled souls grappling with twisted ideas about love. From paternal to oedipal, the sensuality is fringed with unease. Protective love, manipulative love, obsessive, idealistic and thwarted, it’s all here, laid out between the pages of Ashley Stokes and Robin Jones’ latest masterpiece.

The introduction is itself akin to a beautiful flash fiction, rich in atmosphere and mood. It’s the perfect introduction to this archipelago of outstanding fiction, where every story is an island and each reader an elective castaway.”

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Read the full review here.

 

UNTHOLOGY 9: Now Available to Pre-Order

If you want a shot at short story redemption as the tide goes out on us all, Unthology 9 is available to pre-order from all good high street and online bookstores and from the Unthank Books website