Randy McCharles Gives StarkLight 3 A Grand Introduction

Here is the awesome foreword written for our latest short story Anthology by Randy McCharles, well-known Calgary author and

writing retreat guru. Many thanks to Randy for his thoughtful, high-energy and excellently penned words!

Congratulations again to all of our winners!


Foreword- StarkLight Volume 3
By Randy McCharles
“Katrina, she is death.” So begins the third compendium of quirky short fiction from Starklight Press. Like its predecessors, this issue fully achieves its mission of providing tales that are pertinent, timely and, above all, imaginative. The four words that begin the first of eleven amazing stand-alone stories are indicative of what you, the reader, will find– striking fiction that will wet the pallet, expand the mind, and bring a smile to your lips.
One of the pleasures of such a collection over say, a novel, is that you have little idea of what you will find until you have devoured the book. There is no back cover blurb enlightening you as to what to expect– setting, character, theme, and plot. A collection such as STARKLIGHT offers, instead, a treasure chest of surprises; eleven jewels to pick up and examine, each gem offering its own unique color, sparkle, and appeal. What the stories contained within these pages do have in common, however, is that they provoke thought and will take your imagination to lands and times and feelings you have never seen before.
Where the assembled stories differ is the second pleasure of such a collection. After discovering who Katrina is, why she is death, and why that is important, not only to the characters in the story, but to you the reader, there are still ten additional tales to enjoy, each astonishing in its own way, offering up new and unique experiences. Experiences unexpected, yet always managing to push one or more emotion buttons and resonate with realities in your life that makes each reading experience an intimate adventure between reader and author.
If that is not enough, a third pleasure is that you not only have eleven unique tales to enjoy, but tales from nine exceptional authors, each of whom have their own style and voice for story telling. Let us consider the opening line of our second story, What Has Kenneth Done! by J.M. Duell. “Let’s get a hold’a this fellow about the pamphlets again Fitz, there’s too many mistakes on ‘er.” Duell’s writing style could not be more different from Virginia Carraway Stark’s as enjoyed in Katrina, yet Duell’s story will carry you along just as easily. And what Kenneth did is only one surprise in the story.
It is said that variety is the spice of life, and this saying is no truer than in a compendium of short fiction. The selection of tales that fill these pages by authors no less distinguished than Virginia Carraway Stark, J.M. Duell, Veronica Robbins, Tony Stark, Roxann Alecia Harvey, John J. Higgins, G.W. Renshaw, Van Fleming, and Robert Marquiss, are stories you will wish to savour and share with your friends. So sit back, put up your feet, and prepare yourself to spend the next little while seeing the world in a different light. STARKLIGHT.

Thought for the Day

writing persistence

This persistence of writing is the only thing that separates the most famous authors in the world from everyone else, and it is coincidentally also what makes the best human beings.

Are we suggesting writers are a superior lifeform?


Congratulations to all our short story submittors, and true encouragement to all our next contestants. Check back at starklightpress.com for our upcoming Fourth Short Story Contest announcement! Remember, past winners may re-contribute for our other anthologies and online publishing.

In addition, first time authors are welcome to submit. If you are a winner of our contests, write a comment of encouragement for those considering entering on this post!

StarkLight Press wants to see the people writing, and receiving the interpersonal support they need to do so.  Let’s all get out there and become the superior lifeforms we know you can be!

– Tony Stark,

Publisher and CEO,

StarkLight Press.

Well, it’s finally happened… StarkLight Press Goes Hollywood :-0

– in the best possible way!

Robert Marquiss, CEO of Marquiss Films, personally took our posters to downtown Los Angeles the other day.

Proud to be making inroads in Tinseltown with our fabulous, first-rate, immersive fiction universes and our short story anthologies,

StarkLight Press is now advertising in various venues in Sunny Southern California- including these pics taken at Sunset Blvd and Hollywood Blvd!

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Thanks to Robert Marquiss, visionary creator of the Kingdoms of Magic universe, whose trailers you can check out here http://youtu.be/EVsfk-yVX00

and whose Kingdoms of Magic short story you can check out in StarkLight Volume 2, available on Amazon kindle and Barnes and Noble.com, or by emailing us at starklightdesk@gmail.com.

Now Hollywood knows where to come to get the stories for the next series of blockbuster movies- StarkLight Press.


-Tony Stark,

Publisher and CEO, StarkLight Press.

VCON Lemonade- The StarkLight Press Literary Oasis is Born

Once landed at VCON 39,

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Virginia had a multitude of difficulties with poor organization that included, but were not limited to-

a) the complete lack of registration forms or passes, despite the very real presence of their fees on our StarkLight Press Accounts

b)the organizers’ refusal to provide a table for our wares, despite more receipts of purchase, and the plethora of empty tables at the Convention Floor

c) the lack of ticket to the Aurora Awards Tea

the list goes on- but I Digress with merely a prayer that VCON 40, a major milestone in any Con’s lifespan, will be better organized and make room for the truly awesome publishing houses and creative dynamos in Canada- mainly us :0)


To combat these avaricious and political snaggles, Virginia was advised to turn our King Suite into a StarkLight Press receiving Lounge, complete with

resplendent noshems, wines and all of our merchandise and videos on display. We were more than happy to share our island of composed, luxurious literary delight

with VCON attendees who might need a break from all the hustle and the bustle.

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Though in the end, StarkLight Press received the coveted drink-worthy bracelet allowing one access to adult-type beverages, we also brought some fine selections

from our own wine cellar to stimulate the palettes of our guests.


Now that our Literary Oasis was established, it was time for Virginia to venture into the midst of VCON 39…


StarkLight Volume 2 Winners

An official congratulations to the winners of our StarkLight Volume 2 short story contest!


(Graphic courtesy Marquiss Productions 2014)



The lucky authors will be featured in the second volume of our compendium of speculative fiction, science fiction and fantasy


available later this week in ebook version, and in fine bookstores across Western Canada later in July.


Our winners are:

E.L. Caine

Hal J. Friesen (check out Half Riesen on facebook)

Cathy Illes (illescathy@gmail.com and check out her blog at http://www.cathyillesspeaks.wordpress.com)

Robert Marquiss (his remarkable resume is at http://www.apex101.net/GiftArt/rmresume.htm)

Jeren Nethers (faultyandirritated@gmail.com)

Will Norton (1ruffnekk@gmail.com)

Rufus Seafjord

Nicholas Vincenzi


Many congratulations to our winners!


-Tony Stark, Publisher and CEO.


Robert Marquiss, Author of Kingdoms of Magic

Robert Marquiss, author of Kingdoms of Magic, was one of our winners of StarkLight Press’ Short Story Contest this spring.

We are honored to be able to include Mr. Marquiss amongst our contest winners- a longtime producer and director in California, he is a font of amazing creative ideas and energy.

Included here is Virginia Stark’s interview with Robert Marquiss about his winning piece, his work and his views on writing.


Do you have any sources of inspiration for your world?

R.M: Seeing the creations of others in all the aspects of the arts and sciences. From American Indian jewelry and head-dress makers, to sculptors and painters in Italy; bone carvers in Alaska to aborigine stone painting in Australia. Every country has unique art forms that can make your mind dance with wonder and excitement if you would only look. There are those who don’t see the flower. Some will see it but don’t pay attention to it. But there are those who see it and all the wondrous things that surround it, the rain drops playing on its petals in a storm, the bees’ infatuation with it, the sparkle of the morning dew on it. These things give me inspiration.

What do you love most about writing?

R.M: Sitting down and creating worlds that others can enjoy and relate to and taking their minds to other worlds they have not experienced before. Making things come alive where there was noting there before. Watching a person read my work and come away having enjoyed something they had never experienced before. I like seeing people laugh, seeing someone come through hardship, someone winning against all odds.

Who are your favorite writers? Why are they your favorites?

R.M: Now that’s hard to say. There are so many works from different writers that I like.

The first on that comes to mind is Ray Bradbury. I spent some time with him at his home. Now there is a very creative soul and a very generous and compassionate person. (Did you know he wrote the script of the classic film Moby Dick?) I was invited to one of his plays in Pasadena: It was fantastic. I had the honor of sitting next to Ray Harryhausen (Clash of the Titans and Sinbad and the Eye of the Tiger) and we got a chance to talk about film making and special effects. It was great being with both of them.

What is the most unique aspect of your universe?

R.M: It’s still here. LOL.

To delve into many aspects of art and science and have people enjoy what I create.

What is your favorite part of your universe?

R.M: Writing, film making, drawing, painting, designing houses, (have built 2 in LA) sculpting, model-making, music, special effects, editing, sound effects, mechanical drawing, technical illustrating and prop making.

What do you think people will most enjoy about your universe?

R.M: That my work is so diverse and that there is something there for almost anyone. When you leave it you leave it feeling better and/or happy.

Tell us a little bit about yourself.

R.M: I’m creative, mild mannered, easy going. But when I’m working, sometimes I go non- stop. I am a very “A to B” kind of person. I also I really like to make people laugh. There’s a line from a film that explains me, “When I’m good I’m really good and when I’m bad I’m very, very bad.”

Any words of advice for struggling writers?

R.M: Yes. Go by your own knowingness, and if you make a mistake, so what? I have not met anyone yet who can point a finger and that finger doesn’t have some stink on it. Be your own advisor and keep your own counsel and just write. And yes there is hating that goes along with any subject, but you choose what you want. I read an article from one writer who said, [sorry, can’t quote it exactly, but you’ll get the idea], “It’s all been done before, just rehashing.” Now there’s one writer who can’t freely create on his own.

For more information on Robert Marquiss, his works and his C.V- click this link to his visually stunning website:




Status Update on StarkLight Volume 2

Following an unforseen copyright issue regarding one of our short stories, we are pleased to announce that StarkLight Press is able to release its second short story compendium on July 15!

StarkLight Volume 2, featuring stories by Will Norton, Virginia Carraway, Robert Marquiss, Hal Friesen and more will be available on ebook and in print within the next two weeks.

Thanks to all of our pre-order customers and StarkLight fans for waiting so patiently for our publication.

Check out our short story contest, open over the summer, for your chance to be included in StarkLight Voume 3, set to be released in Autumn 2014.

Also, be sure to keep an eye on StarkLightpress.com for upcoming interviews with our authors.

-Tony Stark, Publisher.

StarkLight’s Third Short Story Contest Rules

Well, here it is- StarkLight Short Story Contest #3!


Congratulations to Will Norton, a perennial StarkLight favorite, Hal Friesen of AstroHal fame, Robert Marquiss and all the rest of our second contest winners!

Here are our standard rules- and let it be known that previous winners may indeed submit fresh stories for submission.


Submission Length: 8000 words maximum, flash fiction accepted.

Submission Content:
Any subject matter of a speculative, science fiction or fantasy nature involving either original characters or characters published under the StarkLight Press imprint (ie: GAFF, Dor’iann, I’snian Characters or worldsets). Sadly, though we would love to hear your top notch fan fiction, we can’t accept any wider re-characterizations. Thinly veiled alterations of a truly original nature will be run past our legal department however, and will be considered for publication through our not-for-profit webpages.

Graphic novels, illustrated short stories consisting of grayscale (sorry, no color images) will also be accepted. Again, see content guidelines as above. We aren’t MAD magazine, so we can’t risk the litigation of a good caricature, even though we do enjoy them.

Submission Format: ODT, RTF, PDF formats. Images in JPEG only please, either embedded in file or tagged separately

Other requirements: Please include a five hundred word maximum bio that describes a bit about you and your writing career.

Also include a five hundred word maximum overview of the worldscape from which your story springs.

Include email address, webpages, facebook sites etc. Also include your phone number if so desired.

All submissions meeting the requirements will be considered, and all submitters will be contacted by July 26, 2014.

StarkLight Volume 3 will be published in September 2014.

Each winning contributor will receive:
a copy of Starklight Vol. 3
a Prize Packet of promotional materials including posters for the compendium, GAFF poster grab bag and a StarkLight t-shirt, hat, magic writer’s pen and mug.
Thorough, nay exhaustive publicity for the winner and their websites through StarkLight Media, including Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, web coverage
an interview to be posted on the StarkLight Industries and Carraway Productions YouTube channel.



StarkLight Volume One Enters Reprint- Volume Two on its Way

We are pleased to announce that our first volume of StarkLight Short Stories has sold its entire 100 copy run!  Featuring the winners of our first short story contest back in 2013, StarkLight Volume One has ten stories of chilling mystery, science fiction and fantasy.

StarkLight Volume One, second printing, will be available the third week of June, 2014. Place your orders at starklightdesk@gmail.com for both volumes of our short story compendiums.

StarkLight Volume Two, featuring stories by Will Norton, Hal Friesen, Robert Marquiss and more, hits shelves in June- order your copy today, before you have to wait for the second run!

– Tony Stark, publisher.