Who am I?

Darren hatching from a dinosaur eggThe 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, and was reviewed in Kerrang! and everything. 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. Here’s Ginger saying some nice things about us in 2002. And here’s a memorable moment from a SilverGinger 5 gig at the Scala in 2000 – the closest we’ll ever get to feeling like rock stars.

I’ve written sleevenotes for CDs by The Wildhearts (Moodswings And Roundabouts), Last Great Dreamers (Crash Landing In Teenage Heaven and the 2015 remaster of Retrosexual) and a bunch of rock ‘n’ rollers who wanted to say thanks to one of their favourite bands (Bullet Proof Poems: The [Un]Authorised Dogs D’Amour Tribute Album).

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 spent a couple of months working as a TV listings writer, too.

I’ve contributed some lengthy features for a printed Planet Of The Apes fanzine called Simian Scrolls, and I spent a year blogging for Syfy – or the Sci-Fi Channel, as it was at the time. Between 2010 and 2013 I wrote mainly about film and television, particularly horror and sci-fi. I’ve spent many weekends attending signing events and conventions. As a bit of a hermit, I thought that meeting people would be good for me. It was.

In 2010, I launched my own horror and sci-fi blog, Reel And Imagined, which I’ve since rebranded to DarrenStockford.com, so that it can 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.

8 comments for “Who am I?

  1. Claire
    23 September 2014 at 3:32 pm

    Darren – still have copies of Rocks Off – I used to write reviews of Magnum for you back in the day!

    • Darren Stockford
      23 September 2014 at 4:41 pm

      Nice to hear from you, Claire! I bet those copies of the ol’ fanzine are near fossilised now. Well, the staples must be rusty, anyway.

      Thanks for being there at the beginning. Your contributions were very welcome. I’m not sure where the last two decades went. It’s frightening, really.

  2. Jon E
    8 October 2014 at 1:15 pm

    Hello Mate. Good to see you’re alive and writing. trust all good with you.

    • Darren Stockford
      8 October 2014 at 5:00 pm

      Well… hello, sir! Good to hear from you. I’ll drop you an email.

  3. Rik
    12 May 2015 at 9:38 pm

    Hi Darren,

    I remember you from back in the days of the Wildhearts mailing list. Saw your comment on the Danoraks thread today and it brought back a lot of good memories. I’m pretty sure it was you I remember saying the Georgia Satellites were your favourite(?) band, needless to say I never got round to hearing/seeing Dan until that Quireboys tour in 2008. Loved them and make sure I see them every tour now, making up for lost time.

    The mailing list was an exciting thing to be a part of, I’m not sure if I’ve got everything right here but I seem to remember sending the vinyl of Endless, Nameless to Shohga in Tokyo and in exchange she sent me a copy of ‘Shitty F*cking Stupid Tracks’. From it arriving with me in the UK I sent it off to a fella called Eric(?) in the USA who had that rare thing called a cd burner. He burned copies for people on the LiST and sent it back to me.

    Don’t remember many other names apart from Dr Rob Winder and Longhair. Good to see you’re still doing your thing. Hope all good with you.

    Cheers
    Rik

    • Darren Stockford
      12 May 2015 at 11:04 pm

      Hello, Rik – nice to hear from you! I’ll send you an email…

  4. Mark Hatter
    2 September 2015 at 3:01 pm

    You’re alive!
    How’s things? Do you still miss Spartacus Chalfoisier?

    • Darren Stockford
      2 September 2015 at 6:13 pm

      I am and I do.

      Hello! I’ll drop you an email.

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