The Book of Apertures

This book was born out of our shared passion for storytelling.

The Book of Apertures sets out to explore those unexplainable elements of life that at one time or another, have affected us all. As children many of us have used our imaginations to conjure explanations for those things we didn’t quite understand; and so, in creating this book, the writers and artists have developed that idea.

With an emphasis upon collaboration, containing fifteen short stories and nine poems by fourteen different writers, exhibiting forty-one pieces of original artwork by nine different artists, The Book of Apertures represents a series of explorations into the enigmatic nature of life, as viewed through each contributor’s personal aperture.

Lazy Gramophone Press represents a pool of talented creatives: authors, poets, illustrators, artists, editors, typesetters, and designers. Spanning two years, The Book of Apertures is a work of true collaboration in which fourteen writers and poets have worked closely with nine illustrators to produce this anthology of short stories, poems and artwork.


  • binding: paperback
  • category: Fiction – Short Story Collection
  • editor: Sam Rawlings
  • writers & artists: Dan Prescott, Danny Chidgey, Andrew Walter, Carl Laurence, Charlie Cottrel, Claire Fletcher, Emma Robertson, Guy J Jackson, Rahima Fitzwilliam Hall, Joanne Tedds, Lynsey Morgann Laurence, Matt Black, Megan Leonie Hall, Nelson Evergreen, Pax Amphlett, Rob Marsh, Sam Rawlings, Sorana Helena Santos, Stacie Withers, Tom Harris, Will Conway
  • isbn: isbn-10: 0-9552530-4-7 – isbn-13: 978-0-9552530-4-1
  • price: 14.99
  • size: 153mm x 234mm
  • extent: 384 pages
  • illustrated: Yes (41 colour images)
  • publication date: First Published in 2010
  • publisher name: Lazy Gramophone Press
  • distributor: Central Books

‘A Handsomely produced Book.’

~ Philip Pullman

‘In a time when publishers are taking fewer and fewer risks on unknown writers, Lazy Gramophone are to be applauded for giving their collective a chance to shine.’

~ Litro Magazine

‘A wonderful environment of ideas and imaginings – The Lazy Gramophone group as a collective have demonstrated a remarkable and inspiring ethos throughout and their willingness to provide a means of expression is second to none.’

~ Amelias Magazine




Wither (extract): written by Sam Rawlings & illustrated by Tom Harris

Beneath the orange of a smoke tinged morning, we stir,
the crackle of each tiny bonfire still restless within the sky,
warm upon our bellies that scent of a dream,
inert remains curled tightly, grasp the fleeting echoes of night.



Hunter Stoke


The Tale of Hunter Stoke and Rusty Blue (extract): written by Sam Rawlings & illustrated by Nelson Evergreen

Hunter Stoke is a thorn nymph, drawn from the gnarled branches of a now lost hedgerow. He wanders the countryside at random, painting colourful dreams upon the retinas of sleeping animal’s lives and extracting nightmares from their minds. He keeps these dark hallucinations in bottles around his waist. Their power his protection against the chaos of nature, for he has learnt that the world is not always a beautiful place.


Rusty Blue


The Tale of Hunter Stoke and Rusty Blue (extract): written by Sam Rawlings & illustrated by Nelson Evergreen

Rusty Blue is a knock kneed fairy with pretty blonde wings and a voice like gravel. Her words collide like pebbles upon the shore line, hypnotizing her followers with waves of echoes. Like the tide her beauty, her seductive green eyes; drawing you forever closer, pushing you further aside.




Upon the Burrator Valley Floor (extract) written by Sam Rawlings & illustrated by Matt Black

Concerning their description: they are like ants. That is to say they are as small as ants and at times can even seem as many as ants, when seen pouring out of their homes. However, the are in fact more like humans. Well, that is to say that they possess the ability to think as humans do. But no, they are definitely not human. Not human at all. But they are small, very, very small and as strong as ants can be and walk as humans do, hand in hand across the Burrator valley floor. Hand in hand for safety you understand. They are not friendly. Not as humans are, and that essentially is why they are not human. Nor ant, for ants are ‘rational’ in the natural sense of the word, these are wild, wild as a slip, a bump or a trip, a graze or a lump; especially after night fall.

Sam Rawlings