A project I have had in mind for a few years was to write a collection of short stories that would pay homage to one of the greatest albums of all time Scenes from the Second Storey by The God Machine.
The idea was that I would write 13 short stories to correspond with the 13 tracks on the album, each story inspired by the track of the same name.
This year that dream changed, as I realised what would be really interesting was to see what the stories would look like if others wrote their inspiration instead - namely writers that I respected.
And so the Scenes from the Second Storey project was born. I sat down and began jotting down names only to quickly realise I had too many for the book. As I realised that more than half of the list contained Australian writers, I decided to have two books: one Australian and one 'international' basically writers who are not Australian).
I sent out my e-mails and got 25 acceptances and one rejection. I then sent another mail, was accepted for that and so begins this roller coaster of a project!
Morrigan Books will release both these books 13th November 2009 (my birthday) but of course there will be much more news before that!
Here's the line-up:
|Title||Australian Author||International Author|
|Dream Machine||David Conyers||Miles Deacon|
|She Said||Kirstyn McDermott||Skadi meic Beorh|
|The Blind Man||David Witteveen||Carole Jonhstone|
|I've Seen The Man||Paul Haines||Gary McMahon|
|The Desert Song||Andrew McKiernan||Adrienne Jones|
|Home||Shane Jiraiya Cummings||Shannon Page|
|It's All Over||Deborah Biancotti||Paul Kane|
|Temptation||Trent Jamieson||Pete Kempshall|
|Out||Ben Payne||Lynne Jamneck|
|Ego||Robert Hood||Gerard Brennan|
|Seven||Stephanie Campisi||Ronald Damien Malfi|
|Purity||Kaaron Warren||Tammy Moore|
|The Piano Song||Cat Sparks||Ian Whates|