On March 24 a book was launched at The Box Factory in Adelaide. It was a collection of art works – prominently writing – based on the South East corner of Adelaide city. Thinking I’d have no hope, I submitted 2 stories, one the size they wanted, and one a near-Cthuluian tale that was double the word length. Come on, in amongst a bunch of poems, photos, drawings, personal recollections and nice tales, my stories would stand out like a green nose.
To my absolute surprise, the book South East City Stories (compiled by Sophie Green) accepted them both. Now, as far as I am aware, it was a limited print run, and is available only from the Box Factory itself, but it is there with 2 horror stories. The first – ‘Dead Silence’ – is a standard ghost story, high in clichés, low on originality. The second – ‘The Box Factory’ – is about a nameless horror beneath the building. Again, nothing really original about it, but it does finish the book with a sense of mindless destruction.
The book itself is very much a curate’s egg. Some of the stories and poems are really quite good; I particularly recommend Dennis Boisvert’s piece and a few of the poems, while the black and white photography is generally superb. Some of the others… could use more work. But as an eclectic bag of the sort of work being produced in Adelaide by local writers, you could do far worse. And it is a cheap buy as well. While they have copies left, if you’re local, and if you like a bit of everything, give it a go. You could certainly do worse.