“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.”
I’ll be appearing at a few events over the next few weeks, all are free and open to all.
First up, on June 18th I’ll be reading at Live Lit Lounge at The Birdcage in Norwich, alongside Andy Bennett, Tim Sykes and Sharlene Teo. Doors open at 7.30.
On June 20th, I’ll be talking about all things Unthology, with Robin Jones, Roelof Bakker, Charlie Hill and Ruby Cowling, at the London Short Story Festival, Waterstones, Piccadilly, 3pm, free.
Reading from the books will be:
There’s a new review of Unthology 6 on the Books and Things blog. It’s very heartening to see writers we’ve published for the first time, like Luke Melia and Victoria Hattersley get some well-deserved attention.
“Ah, how I love a good short story anthology – and the latest one from Unthank Books, Unthology 6, is no exception. I may have to get my hands on the previous five to have a look. This collection has everything from poignant realism to more experience and speculative pieces. The variety is wonderful. There’s love, grief, family, drugs, aging, psychological experiments, minor stalking and uncontrollable nasal hair. And references to Dickens. What more could you ask for?”
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.
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.”
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:
“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.