A group of Dominican authors have released the first edition of a fantasy, folklore and sci-fi anthology, titled “The Flying Crapaud Collective”. “The Flying Crapaud contains short stories from sixteen authors, who range in writing experience from youths to published authors, and who write in different genres.
Co-editor of the collection, Nicole Georges-Bennett explains what ties the authors and stories together is Dominican culture, “All of our authors are Dominicans, with a shared interest in the Nature isle’s culture, heritage, and our storytelling traditions. We are a collective bound by our love for Dominica, and our work is deeply informed by that culture. So while some of the stories are typical of our traditional folklore, readers will also be introduced to new concepts and characters that evolve out of that aesthetic.”
The Flying Crapaud Collective is being promoted as a collection of stories that embrace both the weird and the wonderful. The authors include award winning authors like Delroy “Nesta” Williams, Kristine Simelda, Roy Sanford, Catherine Dorsette, Delia Cuffy-Weekes, Nicole Georges-Bennett; Sharon Dorival, Sam George, Dorothy Leevy, Lionel Levy, Ronald Deschamps, Alicia Le Bruin, and youth writers, Jade Lindsay, Hezron Dorival and Tyler George. The Flying Crapaud Collective is edited by Kristopher Noseworthy, who also contributed a story to the book.
The stories, are primarily based on fantasy: A boy is too terrified to collect water from a nearby river; A girl receives homework help from an apparition; A man on a remote mountain path suddenly realises he is not alone; A young woman is haunted by a creature of legend; A teacher tries to discover the truth behind a village folktale; A scorned lover plots supernatural revenge, amongst other bizarre tales.
The Flying Crapaud is now available for sale on Amazon.com, on Kindle e-books, and on www.theflyingcrapaud.com.
Contributing Authors (TFC 2020)
Sam George began writing short stories from an early age, and is an aspiring writer and lyricist. He is currently co-writer on the hit radio drama series Redemption Road.
The story: Horror at Round Pan– A young boy is forced to take a terrifying trip to collect water.
Delia Cuffy-Weekes: Delia is the 3rd of 10 children; Agriculturist by profession and qualified Social Worker, she is also a cultural enthusiast, advocate, writer, poet, dancer, mother, sister, wife, grandmother, and dramatist.
The story: The Reward: A group of children are told a chilling tale by their grandmother.
DELROY NESTA WILLIAMS is a writer/poet whose short stories can be found in the Caribbean anthology, Jewels of the Caribbean (Hair On My Chest), published by Potbake Productions and in the 29th Volume of The Caribbean Writer (The Bond) which was shortlisted for the David Hough Prize. His poem (Walcott, I finally get you) was published in the journal “Interviewing the Caribbean” in 2017. He won Dominica’s Independence Celebrations Literary Prize for Short Story in 2012, 2013, 2016 and 2017 and English poetry in 2019. His list of publications include: The Duppy Thursday series (Akashic Books); A Woman of Roseau, (Capitals 2017). He also participated in the Cropper Foundation in Trinidad and Tobago annual writer’s retreat in June/July of 2016, Callaloo Journal’s writer’s retreat at UWI Barbados in 2017, international screenwriters MasterClass (ScriptoKarib), and he is currently a member of the Nature Island Literary Festival management committee. Williams hopes to publish his second book of poetry, “Moods and Attitudes” in 2020, and commence a series of short films in the near future.
The stories: Mon sé mèt ou! (I am your master!))- A scorned lover plans supernatural revenge
Laudat Village– a trip home from a community meeting leads to a horrifying encounter.
Roy Sanford was born in the Kalinago Territory in Dominica. A journalist and writer, he studied at the Salybia Government School, the St. Andrews High School (now North East Comprehensive) in Londonderry and St. John’s University in New York.
He has written for a number of publications in the US, was a journalist at the Jamaica Gleaner, and Editor of Dominica News Online for almost ten years.
Sanford has written a book of short stories called “Three Nights Later, the Soukouyan on the Roof and Other Stories,” and is presently working on another collection. He is the third of five children, is married and father to one son.
The story: The Road to Chemin Letang: A man on a remote mountain path suddenly realises he is not alone.
About the Author
Kristine Simelda was born in the US, but has been a citizen of the Eastern Caribbean island of Dominica for the past twenty-five years. During that time she has written and published three adult novels—A Face in the River, River of Fire, and Nobody Owns the Rainbow, as well as a novella for young adults, Back to the River. Her short fiction has appeared in St Somewhere Journal; New African Journal of Politics, Culture and Politics; Jewels of the Caribbean; Poui: Cave Hill Journal of Creative Writing; The Caribbean American Heritage Literary Magazine; Interviewing the Caribbean; WomanSpeak; Caribbean Women: New Voices, Emerging Perspectives; thrice on Akashic’s Duppy Thursday, and in the Caribbean Folio of Anomaly Magazine, Issue 28.
She is the co-founder of Waitukubuli Writers, a group of aspiring poets and writers based in Dominica. Her website is www.kristinesimelda.wordpress.com
The story: The Abattoir- A young woman is haunted by a creature of legend.
Dorothy Leevy is a graduate of the University of Toronto where she pursued studies in English language and Literature with French and psychology as minors. She served as the first Lay principal of the Dominica Convent High School for 21 years. Though she retired in 2004, she is still actively involved in church and community where she gives voluntary service. She is married to Alfred Leevy and they have four children.
The story: The Teacher, The Dog and The Girl– A teacher seeks the truth behind a village folktale.
Sharon Dorival writes stories about her life, friends, and her travels around the world. She writes stories to warm the heart, enlighten and arouse the senses and emotions, teach and awaken sensory delights.
The story: Ma Jaime– A young girl sees an apparition who sometimes helps her with homework.
About the Author
Catherine Dorsette is a wife, mother and grandmother. She is the author of 12 published books, and currently resides on Montserrat, where she works with the Government of Montserrat.
The story: She’s Not Little – A young boy meets his favourite fairytale character but she is not as he imagined.
About the Author
Lionel Levy currently resides in the South Florida area. Writing has always been his main outlet for stress relief. Apart from writing, his hobbies include computer programming and attending his son’s football games.
The story: Free but cannot agree– A man time travels to the future.
About the Author
Nicole Georges-Bennett is a free-lance journalist and radio personality. She is interested in the sci-fi/fantasy genre and self-published a collection of fantasy stories titled, Tales of St.Marts.
The stories: Robot Fido- An elderly couple try a robotic pet as a companion.
The Supermarket– A woman tries to shop ethically
Ronald Deschamps, aka Ron Dee. Ron has been part of the Dominica Arts and Cultural Movement from the early days of People’s Action Theatre. Ron participated in stage plays, dance interpretations and radio drama. As an artist and illustrator, he has collaborated with a number of well known writers on various books. Notably Giftus John and Ras Mo Moses. A writer and poet, Ron has developed the largest gathering of Dominican Poets worldwide on the Facebook platform, Domnichen Poetic Circle. Professionally, Ron continues to work as an architect/designer in NYC.
The story: Spirits of the Mango Tree- A boy has an alien encounter at an infamous mango tree.
Jade Lindsay is an Antiguan – Dominican student born in 2002. During Miss. Lindsay’s high school career, she developed an appreciation for English which in turn developed an interest in short story writing. Her interest rapidly bloomed into a casual hobby, where she explores short stories inspired by themes dealing with mental illnesses or horror. She aspires to be an English as a second language teacher.
The story: Trapped– A wife writes of her mental suffering
Tyler George : Tyler George is an eighth-grader. He is of Dominican parentage and lives in Texas. Tyler loves to read and likes to write short stories. He particularly loves cars and hopes to be a NASCAR driver someday. He has incorporated this passion into his entry, “Midnight Run.”
The story: Midnight Run– A high octane car race has high stakes.
Hezron Dorival is a middle school student who enjoys writing, and entering writing contests via Freedom with Writing. Although I haven’t won any of contests yet my zeal for writing has not died, but rather it has been enhanced. I have learned so much by taking part in these writing contests.
The story: The snake up on the mountain– A boy goes on a vengeful hunt for a monster..
Alicia LeBruin hails from the beautiful Village of Calibishie. She is a 25 year-old. mother of two and an aspiring author. Writing has always been her passion and ignites the spark within her. Alicia has been writing ever since she could hold a pen, but only recently begun publicly sharing her work. Her dream is to publish her work. In 2016 I started a Facebook page showcasing my work which are mainly poems highlighting Dominican lifestyle, culture and situations. Her latest project is a short novel based in her village which she hopes to complete and release in 2020.
The story: Tropic Love – Two classmates discover love one summer,
About the Author: Guest Writer; Editor, The Flying Crapaud
Kristopher Noseworthy is a husband and father whose day job revolves around people learning French. He has a masters in education focusing on the intersectional disadvantages of immigrant communities. Most of his professional career has involved either teaching people how to write, or writing himself. One of his best friends is from the Nature Island (Commonwealth of Dominica), and he wishes he could have spent more time there on his last visit.
The story: A Force of Nature– A young man discovers a latent genetic ability