So what will you find within The Red Pen when it finally goes up? (Hopefully soon btw)
Well you will find what is described on our about page: ‘A zine featuring fiction, poetry, and art, The Red Pen is a collaborative effort by a group of left-wing activists engaged with radical ideas about society, and interested in exploring and expressing these through various creative mediums.’ You will however find much more as well. I’ve seen most of the pieces being put together for the zine and have to say it is an intriguing collection of political fiction, prose-poetry, biting satire, engaging art and heart-felt poetry of the non prose kind.
As just one of the contributors I will leave it to the others to elaborate upon their own creative interventions and will just give a few comments about my own piece.
It’s called Deliverance from Exile which I know is rather dramatic and all but I’ve come to think it suits this fantasy short story. So yes it’s a fantasy story, drawing on the New Weird, Steampunk and Magical Realism to be exact. Never heard of any of those last three? (bar maybe the last in relation to Gabriel Garcia Marquez) Don’t worry about it neither has most of the human population, go on and give it a read anyway. Have heard of them? Well lucky you, pat yourself on the back and read the damn story.
So not all of the pieces in The Red Pen are explicitly political although quite a few are including my own. Fantasy and science fiction has had a long history of lefties just think about China Mieville’s epic fantasy political novels, George Orwell’s 1984 or Ursula le Guin’s The Dispossessed and The Left Hand of Darkness. Even Marxist Hal Draper took time out of writing and researching his multi-volume work on Karl Marx to write the science fiction story Ms Fnd in a Lbry. So I’m not alone at least.
I hope I’ve interested you and don’t worry The Red Pen is coming soon, you will be able to read it digitally or you can get a physical copy. The best option is to do both. Trust me you won’t be disappointed.