Open Submission Day for Temporal Logbook II

Mark your calendars!
Saturday May 6 2017 from 12:00 pm – 6:00 pm Pacific Standard Time

We will be accepting completed stories for inclusion in The Temporal Logbook II for one day and one day only –Saturday May 6 2017 from 12:00 pm – 6:00 pm Pacific Standard Time.

As with the original short-story collection, the second volume will feature twelve original stories by new and up-in-coming writers. All twelve incarnations of the Doctor will be featured with a story dedicated to that particular incarnation.

For the open submission day we are looking for stories featuring Doctors 2, 4, 5, 6, 8, 9 & 10.

Stories should be between 5000-8000 words.

To contribute a story to The Temporal Logbook II all you have to do is:

  • Submit 1 completed story. (Multiple submissions are not allowed.)
  • Provide your full name and email, and
  • Include a brief bio telling us a bit about yourself (if you haven’t worked with us previously), and indicate if you’ve been published before or not.

The full Submission Guidelines can be found here.

Grave Warnings Australian Book Launch

16299132_1363400690400193_5466045042545128989_nHey, if any of you reside in Queensland Australia, you may be interested in attending this special event in Rockhampton on Friday February 24th.

Grave Warnings author Jodie van de Wetering is hosting a special launch night at the Red Dahlia Bar in Rockhampton Queensland.  Join us for a spooky night on Friday, February 24 featuring haunting live music, and top storytellers sharing tales of the living and the dead. We’re having a party to celebrate the launch of Grave Warnings, a collection of horror fiction from indie outfit Pencil Tip Publishing.

There’s a $5 cover charge will help cover our operating expenses for the night and pay our artists, contributing to CQ’s arts economy.

Copies of Grave Warnings will be available for purchase.

INTERVIEW: Sarah Parry

grave-warnings-front-cover-jack-drewell-nov-2016Our series of interviews with the authors of Grave Warnings concludes today with our final interview with Sarah Parry author of ‘Deceased Estate’.

How and when did you get interested in writing?

Some of my earliest memories involve writing with my sister, making up our own stories and publishing them in books which we would illustrate. Everyone loves reading and telling stories – writing them down was just an extension of this.

Where did you get the inspiration for your story?

The word ‘deceased estate’ has always fascinated me. It always made me think about a house being dead. I wrote a horror story based on this idea years ago after a particularly memorable nightmare, so it was great to come back and revisit it. As I was writing, I thought about other things that people call old abandoned houses, like ‘death-traps’, and the story just grew from there.

What was the biggest challenge in writing your story?

Keeping the balance between comedy and horror was difficult. Horror should be enjoyable to read, not depressing, so it was important to keep the characters just likeable, (or cheerfully despicable), enough to keep your interest, but unlikeable enough that their fate doesn’t make you want to cry at the end. I love horror when it’s using the supernatural to represent human evil – all monsters, really, in the end, are human, and people in horror often tend to bring their fates on themselves. I tried to bring this out as well, and hopefully I’ve succeeded in doing this.

Do you have a favorite author, and if so, why?

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle is one of the greatest writers who ever lived. His detective stories are world-renowned, but his horror stories and medical fiction have the same brilliant combination of intelligence, humor and detail. Growing up, though, I obsessively read the works of K.A. Applegate, Jude Watson and Emily Rodda who are all geniuses at creating great characters you feel like you know after just a few pages and worlds you can just fall into.

Interview © 2017 Pencil Tip Publishing

Forthcoming from Pencil Tip Publishing

We here at Pencil Tip love to read and publish books.  With that in mind, we have a whole hosts of new books lined up for publication over the next two years, including…

Andrew Screen
A critical look at the making of Nigel Kneale’s seminal 1970s horror anthology series
Publication TBA

Various Authors/Edited by Bob Furnell
Star One was a short-lived fan magazine dedicated to the BBC television series, Blake’s 7. This special publication will feature many of the articles from the original issues – updated and revised – including brand new material, and material intended for publication but ultimately unused.
Publication 2017

Nick Mellish
One man’s journey to read, and critically asses, every Target Doctor Who novel published.
Publication TBA

Various Authors/Edited by Bob Furnell
Tellyvision (2001-03, 2010) was a popular fan magazine dedicated to classic British, American and Canadian television. This special publication will feature many of the articles from the original issues – updated and revised – including brand new material, and material intended for publication but ultimately unused.
Publication 2017

Various Authors/Edited by Robert Mammone, Bob Furnell & J.E. Remy
Follow-up short-story collection to 2015s The Temporal Logbook
Publication 2017

* Titles are provisional and may change by publication

INTERVIEW: Hannah Parry

grave-warnings-front-cover-jack-drewell-nov-2016The fourth in our series of interviews with the authors of Grave Warnings continues today as we chat with Hannah Parry, author of “The Citizen”

How and when did you get interested in writing?
There’s no interesting answer to this. Like a lot of people, I’ve written obsessively since I could write (and read obsessively since I could read). It’s just what I do!

Where did you get the inspiration for your story?
Years ago, I’d read about Robert Ledru, a celebrated Parisian police detective in the late nineteenth century. Ledru was investigating a case at the Normandy port of Le Havre, when a man was found murdered on the beach. After careful examination of the evidence, Ledru came to the conclusion that he himself was the murderer, having shot the man whilst sleepwalking the night before. Obviously, this is a terrific story, and I wanted to do something with it, but it was hard to know what, since life had written it first. When I was contacted about this book, I was in the midst of another project that drew heavily on Charles Dickens’ A Tale of Two Cities. I thought about doing a ghost story set in the midst of the French Revolution. And then I thought about Robert Ledru, and the story of a man who suspects he has committed a murder in his sleep. It came to me that this was the perfect story of a man coming to the realization of his own private guilt, through the most chilling means possible. And what if it were taking place in the midst of the ‘Reign of Terror’, in streets haunted by the ghosts of those betrayed by their own revolution and sentenced to death? The two pieces clicked into place, and it was magical.

What was your biggest challenge in writing your story?
I’d never written a ghost story before, or anything that could generously be termed scary (at least, not on purpose!). I’ve never intentionally tried to unsettle a reader, as the best horror writers can do. So that aspect was challenging. Usually I like writing dialogue, but for this story to work, I wanted it to be saturated in atmosphere. I tried to focus on creating a Paris not necessarily true to history, but that reflected the mind of a troubled man living within it. The lovely thing about of this was that while I was working on drawing out the dark, unnerving corners of Jacques’ world – death, blood, the roar of the crowds, the constant fear of betrayal, dark streets, candlelight, silent guilt – I realized I was drawing out the main strands of the plot at the same time. At this point, the story wrote itself. I still don’t know how scary readers may find it, but it turned out to be about a lot of things that scare me.

Do you have a favorite author, and if so, why?
No, because I have about thirty! (I’m an English PhD, so I’ve had far too many excuses to read amazing books over the years.) I grew up on J.R.R. Tolkien, C.S. Lewis, Ray Bradbury, Orson Scott Card, Anthony Horowitz, and Douglas Adams. When I went to university, I added Jane Austen, Charlotte Bronte, Peter S. Beagle, Neil Gaiman, Richard Adams, T.H. White, Rosemary Sutcliff, Dodie Smith, Charles Dickens, Elizabeth Gaskell, and many others. When I was writing this, I immersed myself in A Tale of Two Cities, as I said, and also Dostoevsky’s Crime and Punishment, which is just an astonishingly powerful, incandescent journey through a guilt-ridden psyche. I steal from the best.

Grave Warnings is out now.

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