R. G. Tooth

R. G. Tooth

Getting known is such a struggle for writers. Publishing houses usually only touch writers with agents. The same goes for production/theatre companies. Thank goodness for "cutalongstory.com".

I usually write scripts. Some of them have won prizes or commendations or had nice things said about them but basically going nowhere professionally. Good exercise though, I suppose. They've even got me on courses such as TAPS (now defunct but supported at the time by skillset). Every script or play I wrote had a synopsis to outline to me where it was going. That is only one step away from a short story.

I have always loved short stories especially those by M.R. James and H.G. Wells and recently started writing them with a view to creating a collection of supernatural tales. I read one out publicly at the Canterbury Festival in 2010. The venue was Waterstones. In 2012 I won a joint Third Prize at the Queen of Horror Festival in Hastings for a short story which started off as a short film script that never got made. I've had a couple of podcasts made locally in the Medway Towns, where I live, within the last few years. In the past I wrote a series of Christmas plays for the local hospital radio. I am also a member of the Society of Authors.


R. G. Tooth in 60 seconds

When did you start writing?

1972 When I lived in Suffolk.

What do you love about short stories?

They can be read in one go without the need to put it down and pick it up. later.

Do you write in other forms?

I love writing plays, scripts and poetry also.

What distracts you from writing?

Anything and everything.

Outside of writing, what are your other passions?

I love photography, videography, theatre, cinema and dining.

What is your favourite book?

Nineteen Eighty-Four

Who are your favourite writers?

James Herbert, George Orwell. and M.R. James.

Where is your dream location?


What one item would you put into Room 101?

Tea Bags.

Do you have any advice for new writers?

It's good to be dissatisfied with one's work but don't give up; just do better next time.

Work by R. G. Tooth:

The Curse Of The Theatre Royal
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Have you ever attended one of those popular ghost hunting events? You might think twice after reading this little tale of paranormal retribution, especially if you are a councillor.
Ghost Of A Chance
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Gary is a wannabe film maker who is on the verge of losing his girlfriend. He is drinking in "last chance saloon" unless he can get the famous horror film actor Illych Krotowsky to be in his film, but is the man still alive?
Happy Valentine's Day, Darling!
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Poor Keith, nothing was too good for his special valentine.
Just an Ordinary Shed
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When you were a child were you told to be good or the bogeyman would come and get you? Susan was, and it left a great impact on her life. Now she has to clear her dead mother's house and face up to her childhood fear. This story shared Third Prize at the Ingrid Pitt Queen of Horror Festival, Hastings, in 2012.
The Abyss Of Loneliness
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Little did Mark know that a walk along the dockside would take him back to the bad old days in more ways than one. This is a tale of loneliness and retribution.
Funny Old World
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Have you ever wanted to change the past? Sarah did and what's more she found herself in the privileged position to do so. Will it turn out to her satisfaction, though?

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