Richard Wright

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Choices, Butter, and Sticky Excrement

June 6, 2006 by Richard Wright in Journal, News, Writing

I’m pleased to see that the matter I alluded to yesterday is in the open (thanks Mark, for letting me know), as the publisher has announced my involvement in the project on his own message board. This is a good thing, as I’m rubbish at keeping exciting things to myself. So…

A few months ago I submitted a collection of short plays to UK Publisher Pendragon Press. I was chancing my arm somewhat and knew it – the publisher in question works in the independent press specialising in novels, novellas, and anthologies, and while he was interested in taking a look, I didn’t expect him to buy it. I was right.

However, as rejections go, this one was nothing to get upset about. The publisher, Chris Teague, has been struggling for a while to find a sixth novelette to feature in a forthcoming collection of six such pieces. Having almost decided he was stuck publishing just five tales in the collection, he read my play Radio Trauma, and apparently loved it. The result? A place in the anthology, if I can turn the story into a 10,000 word novelette.

Not the normal route to a story commission, which makes it particularly delightful. The book will be called Choices, and is described thusly:

Due to be published this December, a major new anthology of subtle chills and six gripping tales, the third from the critically-acclaimed editor of Tourniquet Heart and Nasty Snips.
We all have choices to make in life, from the mundane to the serious, and in this collection each author takes us into a world where…
… a parental nightmare, and then salvation, but at what cost to the memories…
… a journey that begins with the first step of decision into the dark belly of London on the trail of revenge, where the uniformed streets become a prison…
… an interview appointment that leads to a mundane job, gives a young woman the opportunity for her first hitch…
… a cry for help on a bridge, and a helping hand, such a subtle twist of fate…
… an innocuous meeting, a face on the news, and how the slightest clue if not divulged…
… a late-night radio talk show and the caller that will change the DJ’s life…
Six perfectly-realised novelettes from (in alphabetical order) Eric Brown, Paul Finch, Gary Fry, Andrew Humphrey, Stephen Volk and Richard Wright that will appeal to all those who prefer their horror fiction chilling rather than gross-out.
Available 1st December in a paperback edition for £9.99/$18.

I suspect, for collectors among you, that a limited edition hardback may also be in the offing, but I’ll keep you in the loop as details emerge. It’s a book I’m deeply excited to be involved in, not least because of the company I will be keeping.

Now, to write the actual story…

Speaking of which, I’m three quarters of the way through The Da Vinci Code. I can’t put it down, in a sticky excrement sort of a way. More soon on that, but I really do think it’s dreadful.

In other news, I am late in discovering that my dear old friend Mike Butter, an investigative reporter and parapsychologist (he despises both terms, alas), has begun an online journal of his own following a busy period which has seen him involved in the forthcoming documentary Return to Ravenswood. Be wary though – Mike’s views on spirituality are radical, and at times disturbing. Not one for the faint of heart. Or fans of Dan Ackroyd. Or indeed, lovers of cream tea.

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