Giles Elderkin, Author
"The future is rooted in history"
 

Giles Elderkin Jackson

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"Last Composition" was published in the anthology History and Mystery, Oh My!. This the debut story for Giles Elderkin takes place around Dansville, New York in 1859.(10/16/14)

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The obvious question might be this: Why did James Montgomery Jackson bother with a pseudonym? My stories and novels have been set within the framework of current memories. With my first historical story, I realized I did not want to confuse readers when I switched to alternative times.

"Last Composition" is set in the upstate New York village of Dansville (Livingston County) in 1859. I have ideas for additional stories set in history. I also have thoughts about a dystopian novel (oh heck, make it a trilogy) set late in the 21st century. Rather than ask my publisher if she might object to this mixing of genres, I figured I'd use a pen name and be done with it.

I've written a prelude story set in 2056 titled "The Draft." It is chilling. I've recently submitted it to a magazine. We'll see what they think.

So why Giles Elderkin?

When I was in college I bore an uncany resemblance to Giles Elderkin Jackson, my great-great-great uncle. He was an amazing man who died at age 28 from consumption (TB). Given the visual tie and his short life it was easy to project myself as virtual progeny.

I also like word play since Giles is my "elder kin." And so my pseudonym arose by lopping off the Jackson surname and allowing his first and middle names to stand.