Stuart Page


Writer living in Todmorden, U.K. My work here is showing its age a little, and my inexperience a lot. It has its moments, though.

Writing every day, trying to get published 'properly'.

I spend my spare time playing the guitar and swearing at video-games.

Smashwords Interview

Describe your desk
Absolute trash pile.

The place where organisation comes to die.

"Stuart, there's three dirty cups on your desk now. Jeez!"

When the world ends and alien archaeologists excavate the ruins of this planet, they will find my desk atop a mountain of ash, and think it an alter, a place of worship. They will think that humans prayed to clutter and lived by mess. They will tell horrible tales about us to their children.

You've probably seen worse. Probably seen better, too.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
The first story I ever wrote - that I really took seriously - was probably this crappy fantasy epic that I took on for nanowrimo when I was seventeen. It was all swords and fireballs and melodrama. Wait. Was it the crappy horror/gay romance that I wrote in secret, late at night, around the same time? Was that the first one? Oh, man. I think it was. That one was really bad. Really funny, but really, really bad. It had a ghost, and an axe murderer, and a compulsive boy left alone by his parents in a big house, and his friend who came to stay who was in love with him.

I quit both of the above stories due to plot holes that I didn't know how to fill. I wonder how they would turn out, though, if I tried to write them now?
Read more of this interview.

Where to find Stuart Page online


Sunrise on Birdcage Walk, and Other Flash Fiction Stories
Price: Free! Words: 2,760. Language: British English. Published: January 15, 2018 . Categories: Fiction » Anthologies » Flash fiction, Fiction » LGBTQ+ » Gay
(5.00 from 2 reviews)
Sunrise on Birdcage Walk, and Other Flash Fiction Stories is a short collection made up of 25 multi-genre pieces, all at 99 words each. These bite sized experiences are perfect for when you crave the feeling of being swept up into another world, but you just don't have the time to invest in bigger works.
Ms. Wilder's Package
Price: Free! Words: 2,740. Language: English. Published: November 10, 2017 . Categories: Fiction » Adventure » General
(4.00 from 2 reviews)
A man, grounded by a muscular injury that he can't seem to recover from, has given up on returning to the life that he once lived. But then a postal worker stops by his house one morning and gives him a neighbour's package to care of, triggering events that will change him forever and prompting the question: what does it take to truly begin healing?

Stuart Page's tag cloud

comedy    drama    fiction adult    gay    humour    lgbtq    parody    poetry    romance    satire    short story    suspense   

Smashwords book reviews by Stuart Page

  • Shadow People on Nov. 20, 2017
    (no rating)
    I enjoyed reading Shadow People. Elancharan Gunasekaran has made something really interesting here. I loved some of the haikus. Other will probably take a few more reads to grow on me. I liked the overall vibes, though. I also liked the running theme of prowling shadows, (if they are real,) doing good or bad or just being there and doing something. It was interesting and atmospheric. Some favourites: 10pm late night call blood in urine - On my back kisses delivered in fury - 1am bed is a chair no pillow They were really strong visually. I've downloaded Shadow People to read again in the future and will likely return to the author for more.
  • A Taste Of My Thoughts Amid Those Crazy Cats on Nov. 20, 2017
    (no rating)
    Cats are nuts. Or is it only these ones? Heh. This is an enjoyable, quick read with good energy and imagery! It made me smile. Favourite bit: "So I throw toys around like Santa Claus But I don’t chant ho-ho-ho I scream go-go-go" I dunno. I just liked that a lot. Anyways, I will happily check out more of your work after this, Steve. Thanks for the nice read.
  • The Unknown and Other Stories on Feb. 01, 2018
    (no rating)
    The Unknown and Other Stories is a collection of three emotional short stories about leaving painful relationships behind and moving on. The ideas work. I happily read until the end. They need some more proofreading, however - particularly the second story. Keep up the hard work, Rachelle!
  • Sweet Oblivion on July 31, 2018
    (no rating)
    I've read Sweet Oblivion multiple times over the last year, which I think speaks more about its quality than a review probably could. But I'm going to write something anyway, because Sweet Oblivion really deserves a few words. In S.O., we bounce between depictions of personal sorrow, stubborn love in the face of dark tides, and musings on the fleeting nature of time, to questions of religious scapegoating, and our blindness to issues of homelessness, social divides, and global disasters. It is a broad collection. To help focus our attention, though, it has been divided into five sections: Life, Mind, Love, Heartache and Death, each with a famous, introductory quote at the start, which I think is a really cute addition. I especially like the Life and Death sections of poetry, and many of my favourite poems are in those bits. However, all of the sections are evocative, playful and thoughtful, and one of my absolute favourite (quite succinct!) pieces comes in the Love section: I fear the darkness of the impending tide But you, stubborn as always, Hold me close and anchor me to your side In one other favourite, we experience the joy of cherry blossom season in Japan: Cherry blossom petals drifted in the air Pink and white raindrops in our hair We sat beneath a tree drinking beer Grinning and carefree, hearts filled with cheer And in another, we feel the heat and weight and sticky mess of summer in the city. This is my favourite part of that piece: ...A lone young woman sits on a lone patch of grass Beneath an equally lone tree in this concrete jungle She sighs into the mint choc chip kiss of an ice cream Stray strands of hair caught in the stickiness of her sunscreen... Wonderful. And I won't quote My Final Sunset here, because I think it sits well at the back end of the collection, and I think that is where it should be read. But safe to say it is hugely affecting. Inspiring, full of acceptance and colour, but heart wrenching, also, and hard to let go of. This is a great first collection from an author who is clearly well practiced, and who is also unafraid to experiment with different styles, both classic and contemporary. I'm excited to see the new directions that Loren will take her work in, from now, over the rest of her poetry career. --- Hey Jasmin Loren - if that is your real name - keep on truckin', bae ---