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Writing since I could hold a pencil, I've always been fascinated by words and their power to transform, educate, illuminate, entertain and influence. Stories are so fundamental to human beings that they form an essential part of our psyche. To be privileged to tell my own versions of tales that have abounded for millennia is an honour.
I was born in Hull, England, in 1948 and had my first writing published in the form of illustrated articles for the British photographic press when I was 19. My fiction started with a radio play, Hitch Hiker, produced and broadcast on national radio by BBC Radio 4 in the 1970s. Several of my short stories have been published and others have been prizewinners in competitions. I have 4 published novels, a science fiction novella, and several anthologies.
I'm married to a charming, intelligent and lovely lady who proof-reads my work. We have a daughter who, at the time of writing, is working on a dairy farm in Australia, so she can apply for a second year work visa there.
on March 11, 2012 :
Stuart Aken is a true master of the craft. This collection was very engaging and the over all writing is clean and crisp. Thanks for sharing it with us. :)
(reviewed 2 days after purchase)
on Jan. 27, 2011 :
This is vintage Aken. He is a master of the short story and can get inside the hearts of minds of an incredible array of characters - not always human. Each story draws you into its world and compels you to stay to the end, even if some of these worlds are not so nice. The writing style is both rich and lean. Not a word to spare but everything said.
(reviewed 25 days after purchase)