Five Stories for Five Years: Can You Just Be Quiet, Now?

Fictive Dream, the online magazine devoted to the short story, is celebrating five years of publishing with a special event, Five Stories for Five Years. Editor Laura Black commissioned new stories by several authors from the beginning days of the magazine and they are being presented the week of May 17-21, 2021.

I illustrated each story, and I’ll be showing the art each day during the run of the event, right here.

Today’s story is Can You Just Be Quiet, Now?, by Kerry Hadley-Pryce.

I made two versions for editor Laura Black and she picked one of them to accompany the story. But which one? Go to Fictive Dream, read the story, and find out!

9 thoughts on “Five Stories for Five Years: Can You Just Be Quiet, Now?

  1. msjadeli

    Congratulations on illustrating for Fictive Dream all this week. Just finished reading today’s story. Excellent writing that makes me want to know more about the characters.

    1. Claudia McGill Post author

      Thank you. I felt the same way about this story. It brings you in as the story has had some opening chapters, and you are figuring out what things mean, but you can’t, because you need more information, and the story is leading you in a direction, but is it the right one? This is where the imagination really comes in from the reader. I love this kind of story and enjoyed illustrating it.

  2. Laura (PA Pict)

    I have not (yet) read the story but I like both illustrations. The bottom one seems quite menacing. I think it is because it makes me think of some kind of institutional building with its windows glowing in the dark of night, some isolated building. I really love the first illustration because of that contrast between light and dark, the way the white almost throbs against the other hues, and those figures silhouetted.

    1. Claudia McGill Post author

      Thank you. I think these illustrations came pretty easily to me because of the clear image I had in my head from the story. And I do like making these night scenes. I enjoyed the sinister feel these have.

    1. Claudia McGill Post author

      Thank you. I felt the elements of this story had a lot of visual info and connotations, the illustration was quick to come to mind for me.

    1. Claudia McGill Post author

      Thank you. I think this story touched a reservoir of sinister or foreboding in me that I enjoy illustrating, esepcially when it is at night, and there is a building of institutional character. I had a very clear picture in my mind here of what I wanted to show, right away.

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