Thursday the 23rd of October 2014 – We had the book launch for Tales from the Blue Room, an anthology of new short fiction in which I have two short stories,at Foyles, Southbank, Royal Festival Hall. Thanks to everyone who showed up, it was a fantastic event, and we had lots of great responses to the book, especially after people had had a few glasses of wine! Thanks to Annette and Paul for organising things, and thanks to Foyles for hosting us and being so helpful with everything in the run up, and on the night.
Tales From the Blue Room – An Anthology of New Short Fiction is now available to buy in Foyles Southbank, and Waterloo, and on Amazon Kindle here…
The sequence of poems at the end about death and losing someone you love had me in tears multiple times. The poetry is raw and vulnerable, full of beautifully distilled moments and images, and a heartfelt authenticity, especially in the build up to the last few pages.
This was a really mixed bag of science fiction stories, and many of them felt a little flat to me. There were a couple that I really liked – A sound of Thunder and Here be Tygers being the two most memorable – but having read a collection by Phillip K Dick before reading this, it was a hard act to follow.