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Richard Craven
Novelist, playwright, poet.

I joined Create50 in 2015. I have reviewed 32 projects.

Lapsed Doctor of Philosophy, author of the novels Amoeba Dick and Pretty Poli, and of The Senseless Counterfeit, a marital-aid-based Jacobean revenge tragedy set in modern Bristol

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About Me

I was born in Canada, moved to the UK as a young child, and have dual UK/Canadian nationality. I live in Bristol, speak French, have degrees in English and Philosophy, and a PhD in Philosophy, which I taught intermittently for several years at Bristol University.

I have written three novels: Bile (written as Mark Brand, and published by Citron Press), my germ/gym/jacuzzi-based Moby Dick parody Amoeba Dick, and Pretty Poli, a re-imagining of the Mayor of Casterbridge in which a parrot becomes Mayor of Bristol. I am presently half-way through writing Odour Issues, an Odyssey/Ulysses parody about the failure of dissolute aristocratic junky Lord Snatch to return home to his cancerous squat after an evening of debauchery in the Star & Garter. At present, Odour Issues is on hold, as I seem to be churning out a lot of short stories, having been inspired to this purpose by Create50.

In October, I completed my first play, The Senseless Counterfeit. This is a fictionalised account of two murders in Bristol's recent past, and their aftermath. It's written in the style of a Jacobean revenge tragedy, and has pretty much all the tropes of the genre: iambic pentameters, ghosts, deceit, poison, Machiavels, disguise, a mad girl with flowers, and a play-within-the-play which acts as a sort of unmasking masque.

My Recent Work

Story: Mr Nice's Bottom Draft 1 for Twisted50 vol 2

Story: The Telescopic Philanthropist's Modest Proposal Draft 1 for Twisted50 vol 2

Story: Contracts for the Design of Certain Vulgar Necessities Draft 2 for Twisted50 vol 2

Story: The Dharma of the Eye - Draft 1 Draft 1 for Twisted50 vol 2

Story: Professor Guzman's PhD Student Draft 1 for Twisted50 vol 2

Story: The Senseless Counterfeit Draft 1 for Twisted50

Story: Lolitasaurus Draft 1 for Twisted50

Work I Really Enjoyed and Recommend

ANGEL by Richie Brown

A Killer Evening by Chris Jeal

Work I have left feedback on (10 of 32)

Mumma Says by Hillier Townsend

A little bit of S&M by Jane Badrock

A little bit of S&M by Jane Badrock

A little bit of S&M by Jane Badrock

A little bit of S&M by Jane Badrock

The Human Equation by brian Friefeld

Este Cabra by brian Friefeld

Paedophile by Simon Cluett

Mr Nice's Bottom by Richard Craven

The Hoarder by Kathryn Hollingworth

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Quick update, we now have a website for The Singularity50. The stories are still, as you know, being read, re-read and judged. But do check out the site and if you would like to write a blog about your experiences and story for The Singularity, drop me a line with it and we will get it published on the site