The brand new anthology edited by Luca Veste and Paul D. Brazill features 47 stories from 47 writers across the world and is a charity release intended to aid children’s literacy. I have a story in there too… owing a huge debt to Biggles.
Off The Record 2 – At The Movies. A Charity Anthology brings together 47 short stories using film titles for inspiration and, like its predecessor (the Spinetingler Award-nominated Off The Record), this is supporting children’s literacy charities in the UK and US.
For my contribution I decided to go for a flippant version of Captain W. E. Johns’ classic Biggles romps – you know, the books about the ace pilot and adventurer written from the 1930s. Huzzah! Tally ho forthwith, etc, etc.
I’m also poking fun at racial stereotypes – the German officer, Wilhelm Klink, is based on Colonel Klink from Hogan’s Heroes and other sham “German” characters I’ve seen on the telly. So it’s an adventure, hopefully amusing, and also a convoluted love story. With a God.
Anyway, the awesome anthology clocks in at 364 pages, available in Kindle form @ Amazon USA and Amazon UK, other digital versions @ Smashwords, and also as a good ol’ paperback here.
Here’s the line-up and the movies used by the other literary cads:
Will Carver – Night of the Day of the Dawn of the Son of the Bride of the Return of the Revenge of the Terror of the Attack of the Evil, Mutant, Hellbound, Flesh-Eating Sub-humanoid Zombified Living Dead – Part 2 – in Shocking 2-D
Stav Sherez – Bringing Up Baby
David Jackson – Time Machine
Helen FitzGerald – The Life of Brian
Steve Mosby – 9 Songs
Claire McGowan – The Postman Always Rings Twice
Adrian McKinty – From Here to Eternity
Maxim Jakubowski – Vertigo
Paul Brazill – Silver Dream Racer
Nick Quantrill – Get Carter
Patti Abbott – Mermaids
Matt Hilton – How The West Was Won
Vincent Holland-Keen – The Umbrellas of Cherbourg
Sean Cregan – The City of Lost Children
Mel Sherratt – Dead Man Walking
Eva Dolan – The Conversation
Steven Miscandlon – Night of the Living Dead
Pete Sortwell – Apt Pupil
Keith B Walters – Don’t Look Now
R.Thomas Brown – Lost Highway
Christopher Black – Un Chien Andalou
Darren Sant – Devil’s Advocate
RJ Barker – Searching for the Wrong Eyed Jesus
James Everington – Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Sex (But were afraid to ask)
Gill Hoffs – Kiki’s Delivery Service
Chris Rhatigan – Jaws
Eric Beetner – The Graduate
Steve Weddle – The Window
Cath Bore – Every Girl Should Be Married
Andrez Bergen – Victor Victoria
AJ Hayes – Dead Man
Ian Ayris – Unforgiven
K.A. Laity – The Bride With White Hair
Stuart Ayris – In The Heat Of The Night
Col Bury – Eyes Wide Shut
Benoit Lelievre – Weekend at Bernies
Richard Godwin – Once Upon a Time in the West
McDroll – Gregory’s Girl
SJI Holliday – Pretty Woman
Steven Porter – Taxi Driver
Court Merrigan – Natural Born Killers
Luca Veste – Goodfellas
…and that’s one swinging collection.