Dark & Fluffy II by Janet Stock
Dark & Fluffy II is the partner book to Dark & Fluffy, which was self-published in July 2018.
The title Dark & Fluffy II, reflects the general styles of the stories/prose in the book. Some are a bit darker and may be a bit uncomfortable to read, others are happier, feel good pieces.
Dark & Fluffy II is mainly new stories that I have written this year. Two of them, Gisella and Queens of England, showcase future projects that I’m currently working on.
The contents of D & F II are-
The Man Across the Street
This is one of two older stories, with the original version being written in 2007 when I was completing an OU course in creative writing. It’s reminiscent of Rear Window, and I received some good constructive criticism from my tutor at the time, but it’s only this year that I revised the story to take these observations into account. It was originally set in America, but the way I used this idea was too cliched, so now it is set in this country and is much easier to read.
This is a short piece of prose, only the second one I have written, and it just came to me as an idea one day. Through my blog, I asked for people to suggest words that they associated with the word vintage to help with the completion of this piece.
Although I write in various genres, my first love is medieval historical fiction. I am currently completing my first novel which set in the 12th century, and I have used this story as a way of introducing readers to my main character in the novel, Benedict. Through the interaction with Gisella, he expresses his dreams and desires for the future.
That Steampunk Vibe
I live in Lincoln where every August the largest steampunk festival in the country is held. This is a light-hearted story set during this festival, and the theme is that we can incorrectly judge people if we don’t take the time to get to know them properly.
Death by Testing
A short dark, futuristic story; influenced by my love of Stephen King’s work. The title came to me first, then some time later I scribbled down the story on a scrap of paper, which was then kept in a notebook for years. I tidied it up this year and gave it a place in this book.
The Broken Arrangement
A story about stalking. Once I have an idea for a story it doesn’t usually take me a long time to complete it, but this was very different, and it nearly didn’t make it into the book. I was very conscious of the sensitive nature of the subject. For a while, I couldn’t figure out how to tell the story without talking about things that I just didn’t understand; I had visions of someone who had been stalked reading it and being horrified. Eventually I changed the viewpoint and added another character and it fell into place.
The Disney Club
One of the fluffy stories. It had been sat on my computer for many years and I felt it deserved to be published. A feel good story about different generations looking out for one another.
Queens of England
A well timed late addition, as it features Mary Queen of Scots and Elizabeth I, and tells the story of what might have happened if Mary had not been executed. I have recently put this on my blog to coincide with the release of the new film Mary Queen of Scots. This story is also part of a further body of work I’m planning to complete at the end of the year called Alternatives Histories.
Bin Ain An Drochshaoil (Black 47)
This is a story set at the time of the Irish potato famine in 1847. I have Irish heritage and it was whilst looking through some family history documents that the idea came to me. It’s told from the point of view of a struggling family.
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