Monthly Archives: February 2017

Realejo JAM, Granada 28th Feb 2017

We’re lucky enough to be in Granada, Spain – home of the Alhambra and El Niño de las Pinturas, who is described as the city’s equivalent of Banksy. His art can be found in the Barrio Realejo area.

By chance we came upon Realejo JAM, an organised event. Sadly my Spanish is poor so I couldn’t talk to the artists but it was great to watch them.



Motherhood of the Monstrous Interviews



Jim Mcleod of Ginger Nuts of Horror is celebrating Women in Horror month with Motherhood of the Monstrous:

“Ginger Nuts of Horror is proud to be supporting Women In Horror Month. For the whole of February (and probably a fair bit of March, thanks to the level of response)we will be featuring a backwards / looking forwards series of guest articles that look at some of the female writers who have influenced this generation of writers, and the writers who are emerging on the scene now that we should all be paying attention to. We are proud to have some of the finest horror writers contributing to the series ( if you want names then you just have to check out the site ), as a well as a series of supplementary reviews, interviews and news articles as well.”

So far we’ve had Nancy Kilpatrick, Laura Mauro, Thana Niveau, Tracy Fahey, Lynda E. Rucker, Catriona Ward, Michelle Garza, Jessica McHugh, Georgina Bruce and Damien Angelica Walters, just to name a few.

Check out Motherhood of the Monstrous here.

Black Feathers giveaway on Goodreads

Goodreads are giving away 10 copies of Black Feathers. Enter here by 6th March 2017.


At the end, eerie is the word that best describes the sensation of reading Black Feathers. Eerie people, eerie situations, eerie landscapes, and most of all eerie birds to haunt imaginations and trouble dreams.
Highly recommended.

-Michael R.Collings for Hellnotes (full review)



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BSFA Awards 2016

Congratulations to artist Tara Bush for her nomination for a British Science Fiction Association Award for her cover of Black Static #53 (above).

I’m so excited to announce that my cover art for issue #53 of Black Static magazine has been shortlisted for an award at the BSFA Awards in the category of Best Artwork. Thank you to everyone who nominated, and also to Andy Cox of TTA Press for putting it on the cover! It is really […]

via BSFA Awards Shortlist —

The nominations contain some terrific work, so congratulations to all who made the list.

Best Novel

Chris Beckett – Daughter of Eden (Gollancz)
Becky Chambers – A Closed and Common Orbit (Hodder & Stoughton)
Dave Hutchinson – Europe in Winter (Solaris)
Tricia Sullivan – Occupy Me (Gollancz)
Nick Wood – Azanian Bridges (NewCon Press)

Best Short Fiction

Malcolm Devlin – The End of Hope Street (Interzone #266)
Jaine Fenn – Liberty Bird (Now We Are Ten, NewCon Press)
Una McCormack – Taking Flight (Crises and Conflicts, NewCon Press)
Helen Oyeyemi – Presence (What is Not Yours is Not Yours, Picador)
Tade Thompson – The Apologists (Interzone #266)
Aliya Whiteley – The Arrival of Missives (Unsung Stories)

Best Non-Fiction

Rob Hansen – THEN: Science Fiction Fandom in the UK 1930-1980 (Ansible Editions)
Erin Horáková – Boucher, Backbone and Blake: The Legacy of Blakes Seven (Strange Horizons)
Anna McFarlane – Breaking the Cycle of the Golden Age: Jack Glass and Isaac Asimov’s Foundation Trilogy (Adam Roberts: Critical Essays, Gylphi)
Paul Graham Raven – New Model Authors? Authority, Authordom, Anarchism and the Atomized Text in a Networked World (Adam Roberts: Critical Essays, Gylphi)
Geoff Ryman – 100 African Writers of SFF (
Ann & Jeff VanderMeer – Introduction to The Big Book of Science Fiction (Vintage)

Best Artwork

Juan Miguel Aguilera – Cover of The 1000 Year Reich by Ian Watson (NewCon Press)
Tara Bush – Transition (Cover of Black Static #53)
Suzanne Dean and Kai & Sunny – Cover of The Sunlight Pilgrims by Jenni Fagan (William Heinemann)
David A Hardy – Cover of Disturbed Universes by David L Clements (NewCon Press)
Sarah Anne Langton – Cover for Central Station by Lavie Tidhar (Tachyon Publications)
Chris Moore – Cover of The Iron Tactician by Alastair Reynolds (NewCon Press)

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Mark West’s Women in Horror Mixtape


Following on from Mark West’s Brit Horror Mixtape and American Horror Mixtape, where Mark asked writers to name their favourite short shories, he’s done a Women in Horror Mixtape to celebrate the 8th Annual Women in Horror month.

Thanks to Mark for including me in the project. I’ve loved reading everyone’s responses and discovering horror shorts that are new to me.



The Reapers are coming

Book Trailer for Devil’s Highway, the second novel in the acclaimed Black Road Quartet by Simon Bestwick.


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Black Feathers edited by Ellen Datlow


Black Feathers is a masterful presentation of dark avian-themed shorts. From the jarring, owl-like turn of a head, to the blood-flecked beaks, to the sinister gifts left by all-seeing pigeons, to the replacement eggs hatched… Eddie Generous for Unnerving Magazine (Full review)

Black Feathers is out now from and


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The beautiful and delicate work of Patrick Cabral

Patrick Cabral on Instagram: “Blessed are the weird and misfits ; the artists , writers and music makers; the dreamers and imagineers; for they let us see the world differently”

Patrick is a freelance artist based in Manila,  Philippines.

Patrick’s links: 



Review of Black Feathers Edited by Ellen Datlow



Horror stories are oftentimes crime stories exaggerated to grotesque proportions, with the supernatural and uncanny occasionally standing in for the unsolvable; as a genre, it’s a literary detour past thriller and a dive over the boundary into terror. Black Feathers is no different, with a collection of tales of murder and abductions and madness—with birds, helpful or sinister or often both, as its central theme—from authors as renowned for their non-horror writings as Joyce Carol Oates and Pat Cadigan. It is however a lesser-known author who has written what is easily my favorite story from the collection. In “The Crow Palace,” Priya Sharma writes a cold-blooded tale of family and terrible secret bargains…Other short story standouts for me included Seanan McGuire’s “The Mathematical Inevitability of Corvids,” about a young girl who counts birds as a way of preserving her fragile days, and Jeffrey Ford’s “The Murmurations of Vienna Von Drome”, one of the few stories set in a fantastic world. Relatable enough to crime fans, this latter story follows a police investigator on the trail of a serial killer. I also enjoyed the fresh narrative voice of the teenaged first-person narrator in Stephen Graham Jones’s “Pigeon from Hell.” Doreen Sheridan for Criminal Element (Full Review)

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