Short Story Collection

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.

Interview © 2017 Pencil Tip Publishing

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Out Now! Grave Warnings Published

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Our horror short-story collection, Grave Warnings, is officially released today.

Featuring five tales of the strange and weird. Journey into the eerie emptiness of the Australian outback, where a researcher gets too close to the insects he’s cataloguing. Travel back to the blood drenched streets of Paris during the Great Terror, where ghosts haunt the survivors. A haunted house lays claim to fresh victims, while a strange new housemate worms his way into his landlord’s life. While a deceased estate in Victorian England brings nightmares to those linked to it.

Grave Warnings features stories from: Sarah Parry, Hamish Crawford, Jodie van de Wetering, Craig Charlesworth and Hannah Parry.

Edited by Bob Furnell, Robert Mammone & Jez Strickley
Cover designed by Jack Drewell

To order your own copy click here.

Announcing… Grave Warnings

grave-warnings-front-cover-jack-drewell-nov-2016Five windows into Hell, five doorways into Damnation.

From Pencil Tip Publishing comes Grave Warnings, an anthology featuring five upcoming authors of the strange and weird. Journey into the eerie emptiness of the Australian outback, where a researcher gets too close to the insects he’s cataloguing. Travel back to the blood drenched streets of Paris during the Great Terror, where ghosts haunt the survivors. A haunted house lays claim to fresh victims, while a strange new housemate worms his way into his landlord’s life. While a deceased estate in Victorian England brings nightmares to those linked to it.

Grave Warnings features stories from: Sarah Parry, Hamish Crawford, Jodie van de Wetering, Craig Charlesworth and Hannah Parry.

Edited by Bob Furnell, Robert Mammone & Jez Strickley
Cover designed by Jack Drewell

Coming Winter 2016

TTL2 Thank You’s

Thank you to those of you who submitted Temporal Logbook II story proposals for the TTL2 Editorial team to read and assess. We were completely overwhelmed by the response and sheer number of proposals we received. We very much appreciate the time and energy each of you put into your proposals.

As of today (October 1), all of you who submitted proposals will have heard from us whether your story idea was accepted or not for publication – this includes those writers who’s stories have been chosen for publication. (If you haven’t received an email from us, please make sure you check your spam and/or junk mail folders as our response may have been delivered there by mistake.)

Over the next few weeks we’ll be doing some work behind the scenes. Once that’s completed, we hope to reveal the official line-up for volume two. Publication for volume two is schedule for 2017.

Once again, thank you to all of you.

TTL2 Editorial Team

Announcing: The Temporal Logbook II

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Pencil Tip Publishing is pleased to announce The Temporal Logbook II, a Doctor Who themed short-story collection and the follow-up companion to 2015s highly successful short story collection The Temporal Logbook.

Doctor Who has one of the most flexible formats in television drama. With the basic premise of an alien who travels throughout space and time in a box that is bigger inside than out, and which is disguised as a 1960s police public call box, it can’t get much simpler than that. One week the show can be a gothic horror, the next a comedic satire, or a base-under-siege thriller – the possibilities are endless.

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

The Temporal Logbook II will be published by Canadian publisher Pencil Tip Publishing, with proceeds from the publication being donated to the charity of our choice (N.B. recipient charity to be determined soon).

Publication has been set for 2017.

Published: The Temporal Logbook

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THE TEMPORAL LOGBOOK
A Charity Short Story Collection

Twelve Doctors.

Twelve windows onto the universe. And the Doctor’s life is the history of the universe.

The TEMPORAL LOGBOOK is the telling of that history. From the myths of Ancient Greece to the depths of unknown space, from the life of Lewis Carroll to the horrors of the Black Death, The TEMPORAL LOGBOOK recounts some of the Doctor’s most enthralling journeys during his first eleven incarnations, as told by a selection of Doctor Who fandom’s best writers.

The TEMPORAL LOGBOOK features stories from Michael Baxter, J.E. Remy, Benjamin Pocock, Craig Charlesworth, Hannah Parry, Ian Larkin, Sarah Parry, Nick Mellish, Hamish Crawford, Paul Silvester, Michael Itig and Meg MacDonald.

Edited by Robert Mammone, Jez Strickley & Bob Furnell
Cover designed by John Gordon

All proceeds from this publication will be donated in support of the Positive Living Society of British Columbia which is dedicated to empowering persons living with HIV/AIDS through mutual support and collective action.

Purchase your copy at Lulu.com

Temporal Logbook

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Just a quick note to let those of you who are interested in our first charity Doctor Who short-story collection, The Temporal Logbook, that further updates on the project will be found by following the project’s blog at http://www.thetemporallogbook.wordpress.com.  The blog will contain updates and news as it happens with regards to the project.