Background to the Project
In 2007 I set up a small press called Magic Box Press. Magic Box Press published a collection of my very short stories: The Revelation: And a Hundred Other Stories. This was a way of exploring the dynamics (and economics) of operating a small press and producing a professional (trade quality) print and ebook publication.
Further publications of work by other writers were envisaged, but I decided not to go ahead. The project provided an instructive experience — one that made me appreciate the realities of the publishing business.
About the Stories
The short stories in The Revelation: And a Hundred Other Stories are only 200 to 250 words long. They were written in 2006 and 2007. I wrote them in rapid bursts (‘Flash Fiction’), without much further editing. In the printed book, each story cascaded across two pages. The need to turn the page gave the text a sense of physical motion (and it hid the ending from immediate view).
The stories have multiple influences: ‘pulp fiction’, comedy gags, the absurd, stream-of-consciousness, minimalism, reductivism, nonsense verse, the remix, surealism, horror (Twilight Zone), computer games, fables, slice-of-life vignetts, and character portraits. It’s a mish-mash that’s kept uniform by using a consistent format. Some of the stories are fun loving and irreverant, others are darker in tone.
Tips (using this website)
- Click the ‘hamburger’ menu icon (top left) to show and hide the sidebar / page index.
- Navigate to the next story (or back to the previous one) using the directional (left and right) arrows on your keyboard.
- Hit the ‘A’ icon (top left): to swap between serif and sans-serif fonts, to change the text size, and to select a sepia background page colour.
- Click the printer icon (top right): to print a page, to print the complete book, or to create an ebook version (ePub) of the whole collection.
- Choose the arrow icon (top right): to share stories on social media.
- This interview from 2008 covers my short fiction at that time.
- I have written some thoughts about the collection — looking back a decade later.
- ‘The Revelation’ is also available to read, for free, at Google books.
- Here's the cover art from the original paperback.
- The Amazon UK page listing of ‘The Revelation’.
- My home page.
- Magic Box Press