The obvious answer, I guess, is, ‘oh, no one you’d know’. Well, you might; I won’t assume. You might be an old friend having a nose around. Or my mum (hello Mum!). Or… okay, let’s do this thing properly.
Hello there. My name’s Darren Stockford, and I’m a bloke who writes stuff. I got the bug in 1993 when I launched Rocks Off, a printed fanzine about music, which ran for four years and 10 issues. I also published a couple of one-offs: a Wildhearts fanzine called Something Weird (1995) and She Didn’t Like Rock ‘N’ Roll (1999), an attempt to rekindle the Rocks Off flame after a few years of web publishing.
Throughout the ’90s, I was an occasional contributor to other people’s fanzines, including Rain (a Beatles mag), Scuzz and Ginger Nuts, the first ever Wildhearts ‘zine. Between 1999 and 2002, my wife and I launched and ran the official website for Wildhearts frontman Ginger. I’ve written sleevenotes for CDs by The Wildhearts and Last Great Dreamers, too.
I worked for a large online media company for nine years, at first as a regular freelance writer creating content for kids – stories, jokes, quizzes and product reviews – and then as a full-time copy-editor. I also spent a couple of months working as a TV listings writer and a year blogging for Syfy – or the Sci-Fi Channel, as it was at the time.
In 2010, I launched my own horror and sci-fi blog, Reel And Imagined, which eventually rebranded to DarrenStockford.com, so that it could house all manner of my noodling and act as an archive for some of my older articles. And, well, here we are.
I live in London with Tara (my wife, best friend and editor), a disgracefully cluttered desk and the daft hope that, one day, I’ll have it all figured out.