A collaboration between Rosanne Rabinowitz and Matt Joiner, a Birmingham-based writer who also appeared in Never Again, has been accepted by David Rix/Eibonvale Press for his railway-themed anthology Rustblind and Silverlight.
Interestingly, Matt started off providing the characters and the atmospherics. Matt is also a published poet and it really shows in his prose. And I contributed a lot of the… hold on to your seats, folks … the PLOT!
We did the story in two major drafts, with one crit from Joel Lane, who is the Brum Writer’s Group with Matt.
So this collaboration thing was lots of fun, and I learned a lot from it. Two heads can be better than one, to start with.
Eibonvale Press describe the premise for Rustblind and Silverlight so,
Trains occupy a special place in the human psyche. The twin threads of the rails forge ahead from place to place, the ultimate symbol of travel and connection and all the hopes, fantasies, fears, reasons, romance and excitement that come with that. The links between points, the bridges and tunnels, are always so much more profound than borders or walls. And yet you travel these links through a world that is isolated from normal life and unique to itself. The railways are so mundane and taken for granted, passing through the backs of your cities and towns, yet they are worlds that cannot be visited, cannot be known. Worlds that can only be glimpsed from blurred windows or from the far end of the platform. Hidden places. Private places. Places where the ordinary and the secret meet.
This was the mood in which Rustblind and Silverbright came into being – a book of railway stories that aimed to look far beyond what you might expect from classic horror or sci-fi.
The anthology will be launched on the 4th July.