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, 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). A year after the Wildhearts release, I expanded the notes to twice their original length, and the resulting feature was published over 13 pages in Metallion, a glossy Japanese rock mag from the publishers of Burrn! (exclamation mark included – I think it was on loan from Kerrang!).
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.