All Our Stories End Like This


I am very excited to have a horror story in Wales Arts Review’s Halloween Special 2015, along with top writing friends Dan Coxon, Jane Roberts, Dan Powell, Angela Readman, Gary Raymond and loads of other brilliant people.

“A man in a gorilla suit had been watching them from the trees. That’s what she’d said the night he took her to the stones. It’s what he told us afterwards. ”

My story is called: ‘All Our Stories End Like This‘ and it’s the third, last and first to appear in my North Surrey Cryptid Noir series

You can read it here.



The Syllabus of Errors

There’s a new review of The Syllabus of Errors by Sabine Meier on the Everybody’s Reviewing blogsite.

“Errors are an integral part of life. Ashley Stokes is well aware of it. His characters, their lives distorted by the historical context the author places them in, struggle against themselves, against others, against unemployment, violence, and death – and take wrong decisions in a society that does not leave them a choice. Berlin – one of the cities the author focuses on – becomes a character itself, an integral setting in interaction with the people involved.”

The Syllabus of Errors

The Syllabus of Errors

Unthology 6

New review of Unthology 6, this time from We Love This Book.

“This collection begins with a story (“Psycho-Nasal Aggravation Syndrome” by Gordon Collins) of which the final image made me splutter with horrified amusement: a promising introduction to the Unthology series. This story was followed by 16 more, of varying length and style which entertained me on several train journeys. The editors of the Unthology series have no restrictions on word count or theme and this approach has led to a collection that has no agenda, except to bring attention to fresh new fiction. I’m certain any reader will find stories they enjoy in this collection, my own personal favourites being “Power Surge” by Graeme Finnie and “Stalemate” by Simon Griffiths.”

You can read the full review here.



Unthology 6 is now available to order from the Unthank Books Online Bookshop and is ready to download for your Kindle.


Unthology 6

There’s another great review of Unthology 6 out, this time from Our Book Reviews.

“Yet another truly fabulous collection compiled by these two editors who, for me, don’t seem able to put a foot wrong.”


You can read the whole review here.

To celebrate the publication of Unthology 6, Unthank Book are now offering the Kindle version of Unthology 5 for £2.49.

Looking back at Unthology 5, Andrew Oldham and John D Rutter talk about their contributions on the Unthank Blog.

“I think Ashley is an excellent editor, he’s not afraid to question something in your writing if he thinks it will benefit the fiction and the anthology. That is a great skill for an editor to have and improves the craft of the writer. Writers can often be too close to their work, a case of not seeing the wood for the trees, and you need someone to question what your work is about and then to ask that question again and again until you actually consider what is at the heart of the story. This is what makes the Unthology series so good, at the heart of every story there is something linking together the writers ideas in the anthology so that it works as a whole but each story propels the reader on and on, challenging them to reassess their views on short fiction.”

Unthology 5

Unthology 5

Unthology 6

First review of Unthology 6 is with us, posted by Skylightrain, and it says very nice things indeed.

“The restraint of each of the featured authors ensures your involvement in each tale; far from being a passive reader, you must engage your brain and actually work at teasing out the meaning – form your own conclusions while simultaneously being swept along by the ideas and imagery presented by the writers. And what can be more satisfying in a short story anthology than that?”




You can read the whole review here:

great weather for MEDIA interview

There’s a new interview with me on great weather for MEDIA’s website, discussing Unthank, Unthology and the forthcoming Project U: Norwich vs New York.

“We’re talking here about a veritable cavalcade of witty and stylish writers to complement great weather’s high-octane poets, plus the launch of Unthology 6 and a general party to celebrate five years of Unthank. We will raise many glasses to the lost.”


You can read the full interview here.

Project U: Norwich vs New York

Project U: The Unthank Prose Event

Project U: The Unthank Prose Event

Unthank Books are ever so delighted to invite you to the next great surge as we bring to the ring Project U: Norwich vs New York on January 27th 2015, featuring the launch of Unthology 6, Unthank’s FIFTH birthday celebrations and above all a collaboration with New York indie press great weather for MEDIA.

Founded in January 2012, great weather for MEDIA focuses on the unpredictable, the fearless, the bright, the dark, and the innovative…

Founded in February 2010, Unthank Books focuses on pretty much the same.



Your host and referee for the evening: Mr Robin Jones, publisher at Unthank Books.

In the blue corner, our good friends from NYC, great weather for MEDIA, with readings from:

Jane Ormerod is the author of Welcome to the Museum of Cattle (Three Rooms Press, 2012), Recreational Vehicles on Fire (Three Rooms Press, 2009), the chapbook 11 Films (Modern Metrics/EXOT Books, 2008), and the spoken word CD Nashville Invades Manhattan. Jane’s work also appears in numerous US and international anthologies and journals including Have a Nice NYC (Three Rooms Press, 2012), Maintenant, AND / OR, Marsh Hawk Press Review, The Nervous Breakdown, Ambush Review, and Sparring with Beatnik Ghosts. She is a founding editor at Great Weather for Media.


Martin Ouvry worked as a musician in Europe and America before taking an MA in Creative Writing at the University of East Anglia. His awards include UEA’s Alumni Prize for Fiction, an Arts Council Individual Writer’s Award, a Hawthornden Fellowship and a Wingate Scholarship in Literature. He has reviewed books for the Sunday Times, the FT and the Observer, while his fiction has been published in various anthologies and magazines including Tell Tales, New Writing and Esquire. His story ‘Forget-Me-Not’ was shortlisted for BBC Radio 4’s Opening Lines. His band, Indian Summer, is recording and performing in and around London.

Gayle Richardson was born and raised in Kent, England where her heart will always flutter. She describes her poems as having a dark edge. As a sufferer of Myalgic Encephalopathy (M.E.), she gets very frustrated as a lot of people don’t understand the illness or even attempt to so poetry is great way for her to vent her frustrations. An opinionated soul believing if you have something to say, then say it, don’t beat around the bush and hide those inner eaten feelings. Gayle wouldn’t be Gayle without her Mother Carole who is the love of her life. Describing her poetry as word germs, Gayle is determined to do her best to keep spreading them. Read Gayle’s work in the great weather for MEDIA anthology I Let Go of the Stars in My Hand.


And in the bluer corner, standing up for Unthank Books are:

Gordon Collins has been a market risk analyst in London, a maths lecturer, an English teacher in Japan, and a computer graphics researcher specialising in virtual humans. He has three different degrees in mathematics as well as an MA in Creative Writing from the University of East Anglia. He has been published in Riptide Vol 3, Danse Macabre, Infinity’s Kitchen, Liar’s League ,and the UEA Creative Writing Anthology 2010. His story “Even Meat Fill” appeared in Unthology 3 from Unthank Books.

Ashley Stokes is the co-editor of Unthology and the author of Touching the Starfish and The Syllabus of Errors. His short fiction has appeared in London Magazine, The Warwick Review, Fleeting among others.

Ashley Stokes: Oxford 2014

Ashley Stokes: Oxford 2014


Tim Sykes studied Russian and lived in St Petersburg in the 1990s. He is currently writing a cycle of stories that draw on his wanderings in Russia and Russian literature.

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