Alistair Canlin

Alistair Canlin

At school I was always accused of being a daydreamer, never quite applying myself and always drifting off on flights of fancy. Eventually I decided to put some of these daydreams down on paper. Some people told me the resultant scribblings were rather good, so I decided to pursue it further.

I write short stories, I've also written two novels, some short film scripts, and some screenplays. I just love writing in all its forms, and like to challenge both myself and the reader. It's become a dream to try and pursue this scribbling lark as far as I can, and after all, what's the point in having dreams if you don't try chasing them


Alistair Canlin in 60 seconds

When did you start writing?

1997 Glasgow, Scotland.

What do you love about short stories?

The fact that you don't need to write a beginning, a middle, or even an end. You can throw the reader straight into a world, and pull them out again just as quickly, leaving them asking questions, and constantly thinking.

Do you write in other forms?

I've written two novels, and also some short film scripts, and a few full length screenplays.

What distracts you from writing?

The telly, twitter, basically anything.

Outside of writing, what are your other passions?

I love films (good or bad).

What is your favourite book?

Grotesque by Natsuo Kirino.

Who are your favourite writers?

Ray Bradbury, Iain Banks and Colin Bateman.

Where is your dream location?


What one item would you put into Room 101?

Arrogant people, and politicians.

Do you have any advice for new writers?

Forget "write what you know" write what's in your heart, write what makes you laugh, or smile, or cry, or even angry. But most importantly WRITE.

Work by Alistair Canlin:

A Middle Class Zombie
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What if zombies weren't all mindless brain sucking monsters? What if zombies had thoughts? Even memories? What if zombies were much the same as you?
Acid and Blood
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A battle with anorexia, through the eyes and emotions of the sufferer. The story takes a surreal angle on the battle with the condition
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A girl takes a shortcut through the woods, but soon feels she is being followed.

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