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Berkeley Hunt is a freelance writer and story analyst specializing in horror. She has 15 years' worth of experience under her belt working on such films as Looper, The Reaping and Ocean's 11. She is based in North Hollywood, California, home of the Academy Of Television Arts And Sciences and the infamous Circus Liquor, home of the towering neon clown. Her story "Camel Jockeys'" appears in Strangers in a Strange Land: Immigrant Stories, published last week by Down and Out Books.
. What inspired your Strangers in a Strange Land story “Camel Jockeys?” I stumbled across a documentary while surfing YouTube and was enthralled by the subject. I described it to my editor, who immediately told me to write it.
Did you do a lot of research for it? Oh, yeah. Everything from camels’ names to one sheik’s announcement that from now on, only robotic jockeys would be used in racing. Additional research showed that hasn’t been the case, as natives of and tourists are still reporting seeing child jockeys.