David Antrobus


David Antrobus was born in Manchester, England, raised in the English Midlands and currently resides near Vancouver, Canada. He writes music reviews, articles, creative nonfiction, fiction and poetry. The lessons he learned from working for two decades with abused and neglected street kids will never leave him.


Endless Joke
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 32,890. Language: English. Published: October 22, 2012. Categories: Essay » Literature, Nonfiction » Publishing » Self-publishing
Endless Joke is a collection. It's funny. It's irritating. It's the book you never realised you needed. But you do. If you want to stay safe (and sane) between the twists and turns and death throes of the old publishing monster and the anarchic new killing fields of epublishing, this book will help in that regard. It's equal parts passion, humour, angst & a kind of bewildered, contemplative awe.
Dissolute Kinship: A 9/11 Road Trip
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 6,030. Language: English. Published: April 19, 2011. Categories: Nonfiction » Travel » By region, Nonfiction » Inspiration » Personal inspiration
(4.83 from 6 reviews)
A solo journey into trauma, spectral visions of an apocalypse, a moment when the sense of a world teetering on the edge of cataclysm or renewal was very real. And very fragile.

Smashwords book reviews by David Antrobus

  • Forgiveness - An Unexpected Gift on Aug. 27, 2012

    "Forgiveness" is a dreamlike mystery that ends in an epiphany, and is told in a clear, easy style that barely hides the emotion seething just below the surface. This story feels both personal and quietly insistent on being told. What is remarkable, however, is that English is not Patricia Awapara's first language, which makes some of the awkward grammar and tense issues very forgivable in this instance. I would encourage Ms Awapara to continue her adventure in English, as she shows considerable talent even at this juncture. Because there is plenty of room for an upward trajectory I'll give this 3 and a half stars (rounded up as they don't allow half stars), but the star rating is unimportant in the bigger picture. This writer's growth in a language that isn't her native tongue will likely prove to be rewarding.
  • Malocclusion, tales of misdemeanor on March 09, 2013

    One of the great pleasures of reading independent books is that moment you stumble on an unheralded example that gives the lie to the prevailing sense that self-published books are somehow substandard. Thankfully, it's not all that rare an event, and the short story collection "Malocclusion, tales of misdemeanor" by V.S. Kemanis was for me the latest of these discoveries. Within her satisfying and even elegant collection of stories, Kemanis pulls off the difficult trick of imbuing the humdrum with a subliminal disquiet. These are not lurid tales, far from it, often drifting through domestic or other unremarkable settings (piano lessons, road trips in Wyoming, new neighbours, courtrooms, family secrets, bizarre love triangles, high school friends reuniting) like the first inklings of smoke from a distant room. But with a similar methodology to that of Ian McEwan, intimations of dread will sometimes grow and even loom closely while rarely materializing fully or for long, leaving the reader wondering whether anything occurred at all once the alarm has stopped ringing. The effect of many of these sub/urban tales is simply unsettling. Told in a literate, lyrical style, they work their slow-burn voodoo and are gone again, never having overstayed their welcome, perfectly paced and brimming with mood and insight into our darker moments. Temptation, betrayal, envy, judgment, disappointment—all our less than noble characteristics are here. To pull them apart any more than this would be to spoil their impact, but I highly recommend these subtly memorable stories to anyone who likes to swim in the deceptively deep waters at the psychological end of literate crime/horror fiction. I rarely give 5 Stars, reserving such a thing for stone-cold classics. And truth be told, this is more 4-and-a-half stars rounded up, if only due to the occasional typo or grammatical/spelling error—admittedly present here but by no means prevalent enough to distract attention from what is an excellent and rewarding collection of ambiguous stories by a writer who undeniably can write.