This is Horror Awards

Congratulations to everyone on the ballot for the This is Horror Awards 2019. I’m very proud to be included in the novella category for “Ormeshadow”.

This Is Horror specialises in horror fiction and the craft of writing.

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You can now vote by sending an email to to awards@thisishorror.co.uk with the subject line ‘Awards 2019’. To cast a vote simply write the category and your first and second choice in that category. (This is to help break a tie should it arise).

Voting closes at 12:01am BST on Saturday 30 May 2020.

More information can be found on the website.

Here are the awards and nominations-

Novel of the Year
Carnivorous Lunar Activities by Max Booth III
The Bone Weaver’s Orchard by Sarah Read
The Dark Game by Jonathan Janz
The Reddening by Adam Nevill
Wilder Girls by Rory Power

Novella of the Year
Dear Laura by Gemma Amor
In The Scrape by James Newman and Mark Steensland
Ormeshadow by Priya Sharma
The Half-Freaks by Nicole Cushing
The Pale White by Chad Lutzke

Short Story Collection of the Year
Out of Water by Sarah Read
Sefira and Other Betrayals by John Langan
Sing Your Sadness Deep by Laura Mauro
Song for the Unraveling of the World by Brian Evenson
Wounds by Nathan Ballingrud

Anthology of the Year
Echoes, edited by Ellen Datlow
Midnight in the Graveyard, edited by Kenneth W. Cain
Nox Pareidolia, edited by Robert S. Wilson
Pop The Clutch, edited by Eric J. Guignard
The Twisted Book of Shadows, edited by Christopher Golden and James A. Moore

Fiction Magazine of the Year
Black Static
Dark Moon Digest
Nightmare Magazine
The Dark
Vastarien: A Literary Journal

Publisher of the Year
Crystal Lake Publishing
Flame Tree Press
Nightscape Press
Raw Dog Screaming Press
Silver Shamrock Publishing

Fiction Podcast of the Year
Creepy Pod
Tales to Terrify
The Magnus Archives
The NoSleep Podcast
The Wicked Library

Nonfiction Podcast of the Year
Bizzong
Booked. Podcast
Cosmic Shenanigans
Ladies of the Fright
The Horror Show with Brian Keene

Cover Art of the Year
Ben Baldwin for Hollow Heart by Ben Eads
Catrin Welz-Stein for This House of Wounds by Georgina Bruce
Mikio Murakami for The Worst Is Yet to Come by S.P. Miskowski
Sabercore Art for The Fearing: Book One Fire and Rain by John F.D. Taff
Stephen Mackey for Sing Your Sadness Deep by Laura Mauro

Guest Post: The Library of Alison Littlewood

Hello! And a big thank you to Priya for asking me to have a wander around my bookshelves and take some shelfies for a guest post. Let’s face it, all our opportunities for wanderings and witterings are limited these days, so it was a lovely thing to be asked to do. Here we go…

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Here are some of the anthologies I’ve gathered over the years, kept in check by zombie bookends and watched over by Brian the zombie – wearing one of those knitted hats you find on Innocent bottles, ’cos even zombies need to keep warm.

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Here’s the resident librarian, along with a real mix of books, including some of the earliest I still possess: C.S. Lewis, J.R.R. Tolkien and Lewis Carroll from when I was a kid. Just out of view is the beloved copy of Hans Christian Andersen’s Fairy Tales my mum bought me when I was five, which I relocated after Vesper-dog tried to eat it when she was a puppy. The horror! I found the little black clay pot in Mexico. It always makes me think it should be inhabited by a genie, though I suppose it would have escaped through the little cut-out stars by now.

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Ego shelves. Well, we all needs ’em, preciousss… I’ve been lucky to be in some terrific anthologies over the years, and I keep various editions of the novels on the second shelf. There’s also a framed picture that my mum and dad bought me to celebrate The Unquiet House coming out.

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This is a small corner of my short story collections collection. I rearranged my books recently to make room for more of these, because I’m lucky enough to know some very talented people who will no doubt keep filling this shelf! The framed picture is an illustration from one of my stories by another uber-talented friend, Daniele Serra. Also, top left – PRIYA’S BOOK! Honestly, you need this in your life.

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Here’s a slightly older photo, just to show that Vesper is rather better behaved these days. See, everyone loves books! And, in these locked-down times, thank goodness for them. I’ve been immersed in some amazing reads recently – Jess Kidd’s Himself, Georgina Bruce’s Honeybones and Pine by Francine Toon were some of the latest to keep me company.

And yes, the sharp-eyed might spot that this last pic was pre-shelf-rearranging! Either that or Brian is in two places at once. But then, I wouldn’t put it past him.

Thanks for dropping by and sharing a little bit of my library. And stay safe out there… Xx

Alison Littlewood

Mistletoe by Alison Littlewood

Alison Littlewood is a British horror author, Shirley Jackson Award winner and multiple August Derleth Award nominee. Mistletoe is her latest novel from Jo Fletcher Books.

http://www.alisonlittlewood.co.uk/

Robert Shearman Tells Us Stories In The Dark

I was lucky enough to be in the audience last year at British Fantasy Con (Glasgow) to hear Robert Shearman read from “We All Hear Stories in the Dark”. He has an original mind and is a master storyteller, which is no surprise as he’s worked with Alan Ackybourn and written scripts for Dr Who. His accolades include a World Fantasy Award, a British Fantasy Award and the Edge Hill Short Story Reader’s Prize. I knew he was clever but I wasn’t prepared for just how moving the experience would be.

we-all-hear-stories-in-the-dark-limited-hardcover-set-by-robert-shearman-sold-out-5065-p[ekm]330x461[ekm]My partner turned to me afterwards and  said, “He’s a bit good, isn’t he?” That’s high praise indeed from the master of understatement.

The collection from PS Publishing contains 101 stories in three volumes, all illustrated by Reggie Oliver. The reader choses their own route through the book depending on their mood, making it a unique experience.

 

Now available for preorder  as trade paperback and hardback sets. The limited edition hardcover set and as a deluxe slipcased hardcover set are already sold out.

 

 

GNOHAs if a collection of 101 stories wasn’t bonkers enough, it’s inspired Jim Mcleod of Ginger Nuts of Horror to put together a collection of short reviews of each story, contributed by the horror community.

Introduction by Jim Mcleod

We All Hear Stories in the Dark Review Part 1, Part 2, Part 3 and Part 4.

(My reviews are in Part 2).

 

 

 

Stories of Hope and Wonder

I feel very proud to be part of “Stories of Hope and Wonder”.  Ian Whates of NewCon Press has worked very hard to pull together this digital anthology. All proceeds from its sale of this digital anthology are being donated to support NHS staff and other healthcare workers. It contains a mammoth 53 stories, 253,000 words of fiction, including several pieces that are original to this volume.

“The Fox Maiden”, which is reprinted here, originally appeared in On Spec magazine in 2011.

Available on Kindle for £5.99

Table of Contents:

Introduction by Ian Whates

Last Contact – Stephen Baxter
Slink-Thinking – Frances Hardinge
Gossamer – Ian Whates
The Feather Dress – Lisa Tuttle
The Man Who Swallowed Himself – Chris Beckett
A Fat Man in the Bardo – Ken MacLeod
Kings of Eternity – Eric Brown
Muscadet Kiss – Michèle Roberts
Dead Space – George Mann
The Trace – Christopher Priest
Golden Wing, Silver Eye – Cat Hellisen
The Golden Nose – Neil Williamson
On Ilkley Moor – Alison Littlewood
About Helen – Tade Thompson
Iphigenia in Aulis – M.R. Carey
Just Watch Me – Lesley Glaister
The Family Football – Ian R. MacLeod
The Grave-Digger’s Tale – Simon Clark
The All-Nighter – Mark Morris
Her Seal Skin Coat – Lauren Beukes
A Conclusion – Paul Cornell
Liberty Bird – Jaine Fenn
The Ki-Anna – Gwyneth Jones
Scienceville – Gary Gibson
The Sphere – Juliet E. McKenna
An Eligible Boy – Ian McDonald
The Quick Child – Jane Rogers
Trademark Bugs: A Legal History – Adam Roberts
Working on the Ward – Tim Pears
During the Dance – Mark Lawrence
Out of the Woods – Ramsey Campbell
Trick of the Light – Tim Lebbon
Roman Games – Anne Nicholls
44: Digits – Robert Shearman
The Fox Maiden – Priya Sharma
Roads of Silver, Paths of Gold – Emmi Itäranta
All Deaths Well Intention’d – RJ Barker
Epilogue: England, Summer 1558 – Jon Courtenay Grimwood
The Christmas Repentance of the Mole Butcher of Tetbury – Aliya Whiteley
Gulliver’s Travels Into Several Remote Nations Of The World, Part V: A Voyage To The Island Of The Wolves – Jonathan Palmer
Barking Mad – Ian Watson
Lady with a Rose – Reggie Oliver
Missing – Blake Morrison
What We Sometimes Do, Without Thinking – Mark West
Events – Stan Nicholls
Wars of Worldcraft – Adrian Tchaikovsky
Fixer, Worker, Singer – Natalia Theodoridou
Witness – Kim Lakin-Smith
Unravel – Ren Warom
Like Clockwork – Tim Major
A Million Reasons Why – Nick Wood
The Road to the Sea – Lavie Tidhar
Ten Love Songs to Change the World – Peter F. Hamilton

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BBC Culture Article: The Most Overlooked Recent Novels

In Cameron Laux’s article for BBC Culture  eight acclaimed authors reveal their favourite hidden gems outside the literary canon.

Sometimes we need to nudge our reading off the beaten track – and this list aims to do that. All of the books here mess with, or transcend, the idea of genre in impressive ways – arguably to their cost, because if marketing departments can’t get a firm grip on them, they fall through the cracks of a book-selling system that often hinges on pigeon-holing. These titles are idiosyncratic – and, it could be said, underrated – and their authors have each picked a book or two that they regard as overlooked masterpieces. It’s time to find some hidden gems beyond the literary canon. – Cameron Laux

Laux’s writers include Jeff VanderMeer, Esi Edugyan, Max Porter, Helen DeWitt, Brian Catling, Marlon James , Steven Erikson, and Tade Thompson. I am thrilled that “All the Fabulous Beasts” has been recommended by Tade, author of “The Murders of Molly Southbourne” and the Arthur C. Clarke Award winning “Rosewater”.

Buy Tade Thompson’s work from Amazon UK, Amazon US, and Waterstones.

Buy “All the Fabulous Beasts” direct from Undertow Publications. Also available from Amazon UK, Amazon US, and Waterstones.

 

 

 

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Review in Fantasy & Science Fiction Magazine

Fantasy & Science Fiction, founded in 1949, is the award-winning imonthly SF magazine which is the original publisher of SF classics like Stephen King’s Dark Tower, Daniel Keyes’s Flowers for Algernon, and Walter M. Miller’s A Canticle for Leibowitz. I am blown away that the lastest issue (March/April 2020) contains a review of my novella, Ormshadow, by Elizabeth Hand. Yes, ELIZABETH HAND.

Like Alan Garner’s Alderley Edge novels, Ormeshadow draws much of its power from Sharma’s understanding of how landscape shapes us as surely as it shapes the myths we tell about it. Like Garner, Sharma is a Cheshire native, though the topography she maps in Ormeshadow seems more like that of West Penwith, in Cornwall, and Great Orme is a real place in Wales. I am fond of quoting Melville on this sort of thing: “It is not down on any map. True places never are.” Ormeshadow also made me think of Susan Cooper’s The Dark is Rising sequence, especially The Grey King, as well as “Hamlet” and Wuthering Heights, and her unsparing depiction of life in a rural village brought to mind Graeme Macrae Burnet’s His Bloody Project.  – Elizabeth Hand.

Read the full review here.

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Dos Pieles and Other News

I am superexcited to be included be in Two Skins (Dos Pieles), a collection curated and tranlsated by Sofia Barker for Spanish publisher, Pulpture Ediciones. Their aim is to champion women speculative fiction writers and this anthology that includes two short stories and two novelettes, all loosely connected around the theme of shapeshifters and monstrosity.

Me emociona muchísimo formar parte de «Dos Pieles», una colección seleccionada y traducida por Sofía Barker para la editorial española Pulpture Ediciones. Su objetivo es impulsar el trabajo de las escritoras de ficción especulativa y esta antología incluye dos historias cortas y dos novelettes, todas conectadas en líneas generales por el tema de las cambiaformas y la monstruosidad.

Unboxing by editor and hand model Cris Miguel/ Unboxing por la editora y modelo de manos Cris Miguel.

Contents/Índice:

Recoveries by Susan Palwick
Chesirah by LD Lewis
The Pull of the Heard by Suzan Palumbo
Fabulous Beasts by Priya Sharma

“Fabulous Beasts” originally appeared on Tor.com and was edited by Ellen Datlow.

“Bestias Fabulosas” apareció orginalmente en Tor.com, editado por Ellen Datlow.

The first book of this series is Water in the Lungs (Agua en los Pulmones) and includes work by Lucy Taylor, Kelly Robson and Ruthanna Emrys.

El primer libro de esta serie es Agua en los Pulmones, que incluye textos escritos por Lucy Taylor, Kelly Robson y Ruthanna Emrys.

Pulpture Ediciones is the  brainchild of Jorge Plana and Cris Miguel. Based in Madrid, it specialises in bringing SFF to Spain.

Pulpture Ediciones es la creación de Jorge Plana y Cris Miguel. Con base en Madrid, está especializada en traer literatura fantástica a España.

Mark and I were fortunate enough to travel to Madrid last year and meet the team who were a very fabulous bunch. They are currently working on a Spanish translation of “All the Fabulous Beasts”, my collection released in 2017 by Undertow Publications (edited by Michael Kelly). I owe them all huge thanks for their hard work and hospitality.

Mark y yo tuvimos la fortuna de viajar a Madrid el año pasado y conocer al equipo, un grupo estupendo. En este momento están trabajando en la traducción al español de «All the Fabulous Beasts» (Todas Las Bestias Fabulosas), la colección que publicó en 2017 Undertow Publications (editado por Michael Kelly) . Les doy las gracias por su trabajo y su amabilidad.

L-R: Miguel Garrido de Vega, Mark Greenwood, Alberto Berhon Garcia, Sofia Barker, me, Jorge Plana

 

 

 

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There’s Room By The Fire For Everyone

Last year Tom Doherty Associates annouced a new member of their family, the horror imprint Nightfire.

Come Join Us By The Fire was their audio-only horror anthology of thirty-five stories, available as free individual downloads in 2019. I was proud to included with “The Anatomist’s Mnemonic”. 

So far it’s been exclusive to Google Play, garnering more than 100,000 downloads, Come Join Us By the Fire is now be available to download as free individual digital audiobooks or stream on Spotify and more digital audiobook retailers.

Download for free via these links:

Spotify, Apple, Kobo, Google Play, and Libro.fm

 

Come Join Us By the Fire

Table of Contents:
“No Matter Which Way We Turned” – Brian Evenson
“Daddy” – Victor LaValle
“This Guy” – Chuck Wendig
“Flayed Ed” – Richard Kadrey
“The Pond” – Paul Tremblay
“Her Body, Herself” – Carmen Maria Machado
“The Girls in the Horror Movie” – Gwendolyn Kiste
“These Deathless Bones” – Cassandra Khaw
“It Washed Up” – Joe R. Lansdale
“Stemming the Tide” – Simon Strantzas
“Midnight Caller” – Stephen Graham Jones
“Black Bark” – Brian Evenson
“The Anatomist’s Mnemonic” – Priya Sharma
“Rabbit Heart” – Alyssa Wong
“The Beasts of the Earth, The Madness of Men” – Brooke Bolander
“Cold, Silent, and Dark” – Kary English
“When the Zombies Win” – Karina Sumner-Smith
“Harold the Spider Man” – Paul Tremblay
“Ponies” – Kij Johnson
“Black Neurology” – Richard Kadrey
“Beware of Owner” – Chuck Wendig
“The Vault of the Sky, The Face of the Deep” – Robert Levy
“Don’t Turn on the Lights” – Cassandra Khaw
“Wasp & Snake” – Livia Llewellyn
“Greener Pastures” – Michael Wehunt
“And When She Was Bad” – Nadia Bulkin
“El Charro” – John Langan
“Dream Home” – Kat Howard
“Spawning Season” – Nicholas Kaufmann
“In Sheep’s Clothing” – Molly Tanzer
“57 Reasons for the Slate Quarry Suicides” – Sam J. Miller
“Was She Wicked, Was She Good?” – M. Rickert
“A Life That Is Not Mine” – Kristi DeMeester
“That Which Does Not Kill You” – Lucy A. Snyder
“The Design” – China Miéville

 

 

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Stuff for February

Thanks to Georgina Bruce for reviewing “Ormeshadow” and interviewing me for the lastest issue of Black Static (#73)

The January-February 2020 issue contains new cutting edge horror fiction by Stephen Volk, Keith Rosson, Maria Haskins, Jack Westlake, and Gregory Norman Bossert. The cover art is by Ben Baldwin (for Stephen Volk’s ‘Sicko’), and interior illustrations are by Richard Wagner, Ben Baldwin, Vincent Sammy, and others. Regular features: Into the Woods by Ralph Robert Moore; Notes from the Borderland by Lynda E. Rucker; Case Notes book reviews by Laura Mauro, Andy Hedgecock, Daniel Carpenter, David Surface, Andrew Hook, and Georgina Bruce, who also interviews Priya Sharma; Blood Spectrum film reviews by Gary Couzens.

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I am proud to get a mention in Dev Agarwal’s review of 2019 for Vector Magazine: From the editor of Focus: Best of the Year 2019.

Vector is the critical journal of the British Science Fiction Association, publishing article and features on genre fiction across the world, with some focus on UK science fiction.

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Guest Post by Tracy Fahey: The Return Of The Repressed: Further Unheimlich Manoeuvres…

I am delighted to have Tracy Fahey here to talk about the rerelease of The Unheimlich Manoeuvre. Her collection has been described as domestic horror but it’s anything but mundane. Her writing  has a very claustrophobic quality which heightens its unsease. Large events that affect whole communities are focused through the microscope of personal interactions, which are beautifully observed. Although there are twists, Tracy Fahey never plays for cheap shocks. I thoroughly recommend her work. – Priya Sharma

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In March 2020 I’m delighted to announce the uncanny resurrection of my first, beloved collection, The Unheimlich Manoeuvre in a deluxe edition, and the arrival of a new chapbook, Unheimlich Manoeuvres in the Dark, both released by the Sinister Horror Company.

Originally published in limited hardback edition by Alex Davis of Boo Books, The Unheimlich Manoeuvre was a collection of fourteen tales situated within the broad parameter of home. In 2017 it was nominated for Best Collection in the British Fantasy Awards, and one of its stories, ‘Walking The Borderlines’ was also longlisted by Ellen Datlow for The Year’s Best Horror Volume 8. The next year, in 2018, it was picked up by the Sinister Horror Company and rereleased in paperback and ebook.

Surely that’s as much life as any book can hope for? But like its unheimlich Freudian source, it seem that this is a book that specialises in the uncanny return…

I’ve always been fascinated by tales of unease grounded in the home. Classic stories like Charlotte Gilman Perkins’ The Yellow Wallpaper or Edgar Allan Poe’s The Cask Of Amontillado haunt me with their mundane settings where horrifying events happen. Even after the re-release of The Unheimlich Manoeuvre, I continued to weave horror that arose from the subversion of domestic intimacy; the distortion of home through the lens of physical and mental illness, the intense disquiet occasioned by paranormal shadows within a safe space. In late 2019, in conversation with my excellent editor, Justin Park, we decided to bring out a third, deluxe edition of The Unheimlich Manoeuvre. This handsome edition, out on Friday the 13th of March 2020,will include a new essay, ‘Creative Evocations of Uncanny Domestic Space,’ five new stories, a print and piece entitled ‘Remembering Wildgoose Lodge,’ and complete story notes on all nineteen stories in this edition.

It was at this point that my resourceful editor pointed out that through the popularity of the second edition many readers already owned a copy of The Unheimlich Manoeuvre. For these Constant Readers, he proposed creating a 100-page chapbook of the new and additional material. And so the gloriously punny Unheimlich Manoeuvres In The Dark was born.
These are beautiful objects. I love the original design for The Unheimlich Manoeuvre; black, fractured home on a green background. For Unheimlich Manoeuvres In The Dark, the Sinister Horror Company have neatly reversed the colours, so the little green house becomes isolated in the gathering dark. For the deluxe edition, the wraparound back cover contains within it the watermarked version of the Wildgoose Lodge print inside the book, a lovely visual reflection on the lingering quality of the uncanny.
As an author, I couldn’t be more delighted with this strange, uncanny rebirth of The Unheimlich Manoeuvre, and its sinister doppelganger, Unheimlich Manoeuvres In The Dark. Grateful thanks to my midwife, Justin Park, as always, and I can only hope that others will grow to love these weird book-children as much as I do.

 

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Tracy Fahey is an Irish Gothic writer. In 2017, her debut collection The Unheimlich Manoeuvre was shortlisted for a British Fantasy Award, 2020 sees the release of the third deluxe edition of this collection, together with a chapbook, Unheimlich Manoeuvres In The Dark, both published by the Sinister Horror Company. Eight of her short stories have been longlisted by Ellen Datlow for The Best Horror of the Year; her short story ‘That Thing I Did’ receiving an Honourable Mention in the latest volume. She is published in over twenty Irish, US and UK anthologies and her work has been reviewed in the Times Literary Supplement. Fahey holds a PhD on the Gothic in visual arts, and her non-fiction writing has been published in Irish, English, American, Italian, Dutch and Australian edited collections and journals. She has been awarded residencies in Ireland and Greece. Her first novel, The Girl in the Fort, was released by Fox Spirit Press in 2017. Her second collection, New Music For Old Rituals, was published in 2018 by Black Shuck Books. She is currently working on her third collection, I Spit Myself Out. Her website is at www.tracyfahey.com

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