Monthly Archives: March 2017

Mad Hatters and March Hares cover art

Mad Hatters and March Hares

Tor have revealed the cover art by Dave McKean for “Mad Hatters and March Hares”, which is out on 5th December 2017. I’m not sure if anybody out there actually reads this blog but I promise that I did NOT know who was doing the art when I blogged two days ago about the Folio edition of “American Gods” by Neil Gaiman, illustrated by Dave McKean.

This collection is edited by Ellen Datlow and readers can expect “An all original anthology of stories inspired by Lewis Carroll’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking-Glass and What Alice Found There. ‘Alice’ has been read, enjoyed, and savored by generations of children and adults since its publication. It’s hallucinogenic, weird, imaginative and full of wordplay, mathematical puzzles, and political and social satire.”

Table of Contents

  • “A Comfort, One Way” by Genevieve Valentine
  • “Alis” by Stephen Graham Jones
  • “All the King’s Men” by Jeffrey Ford
  • “Conjoined” by Jane Yolen
  • “Eating the Alice Cake” by Kaaron Warren
  • “Gentle Alice” by Kris Dikeman
  • “In Memory of a Summer’s Day” by Matthew Kressel
  • “Lily-White & The Thief of Lesser Night” by C.S.E. Cooney
  • “Mercury” by Priya Sharma
  • “Moon, Memory, Muchness” by Katherine Vaz
  • “My Own Invention” by Delia Sherman
  • “Run, Rabbit” by Angela Slatter
  • “Run, Rabbit, Run” by Jane Yolen
  • “Sentence Like a Saturday”  by Seanan McGuire
  • “Some Kind of Wonderland” by Richard Bowes
  • “The Flame After the Candle” by Catherynne M. Valente
  • “The Queen of Hats” by Ysabeau Wilce
  • “Worrity, Worrity” by Andy Duncan
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Motherhood of the Monstrous

I am really chuffed to be next up on Jim Mcleod’s Ginger Nuts of Horror website. He’s taken the Women in Horror baton and is running on with it beyond February, so massive thanks to him.

Today is my turn to talk about a female writer that’s influenced me and one that I think people should be paying attention to now. Read it on Monsterhood of the Monstrous.

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Cover reveal for Naming The Bones

What a beauty by Laura Mauro. Can’t wait.

Laura Mauro

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Is there anything more exciting than the moment your book becomes Really Real? Peter Frain has done an incredible job on the cover, which draws heavily on motifs from the story. And Ray Cluley has very kindly provided a highly complimentary cover quote.

“Naming The Bones” is due to be published in July by Dark Minds Press, and will be available in both paperback and ebook format.

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American Gods by Neil Gaiman

ACG_14869864626The Folio Society have just published a beautiful edition of Neil Gaiman’s “American Gods”, illustrated by the wonderful Dave McKean. A bit rich for my blood at £75, but it is a thing of beauty.

‘Gods die. And when they truly die they are unmourned and unremembered. Ideas are more difficult to kill than people, but they can be killed, in the end’
from American Gods

 

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Derek Walcott 23 January 1930 – 17 March 2017

Midsummer, Tobago 

Broad sun-stoned beaches.

White heat.
A green river.

A bridge,
scorched yellow palms

from the summer-sleeping house
drowsing through August.

Days I have held,
days I have lost,

days that outgrow, like daughters,
my harbouring arms.

Derek Walcott

Breaking Ground by Speaking Volumes

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Speaking Volumes Live Literature Productions’ 2017-18 initiative, the Arts Council England-funded Breaking Ground project aims “to sheds light on how it makes social, political and economic sense to back UK writers of colour and to put them centre stage. Taking British black, Asian and minority ethnic artists to Europe as well as making samples of their work available in translation, Breaking Ground offers the chance to build international networks and connections and to develop writers’ careers across borders and languages.”

Breaking Ground

As part of Breaking Ground a booklet of 200 BAME writers has been launched today at the London Book Fair. This includes 200 contemporary British BAME authors and Speaking Volumes hope that the booklet will be a valuable resource both at home and overseas, demonstrating the wide and varied literature of the UK.

It contains poets, novelists, screenwriters, essayists and playwrights such as Monica Ali, Biyi Bandele, Malorie Blackman, Helen Oyeyemi, Sathan Sanghera and Kit de Waal. I am very proud to be included, along with my genre writing friends,  V.H. Leslie and Dev Agarwal.

View the entire booklet online.

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Speaking Volumes is an organisation dedicated to live literature events
around the world. They have worked with the European Commission to produce a number of literary events in translation and collaborated with EUNIC London (the Heads of the European Cultural Institutions) to produce European Literature Night at the British Library.

Their clients have included the South Asian Literature Festival, The British Council, The Dutch Arts Council, London Book Fair and Free Word Centre. In 2012, they ran Poetry Parnassus on Tour, the largest UK poetry tour of international artists ever produced, in partnership with Southbank Centre. SBC has asked them to programme a number of Parnassus events for the London Literature Festival in 2013. Their future plans in addition to AfroEuropes 2013 include a 100 Poet Festival in Seoul, South Korea in 2013/14 and a tour of Botswana with Afro-European artists

Speaking Volumes was set up by Sharmilla Beezmohun and Sarah Sanders after leaving PEN International in May 2010. The team also includes Nick Chapman, who previously worked as a Project Assistant for the British Council’s Literature Team.

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MOTHERHOOD OF THE MONSTROUS: NO COWARD SOUL IS MINE by CATE GARDNER

February and Women in Horror Month may be over but Jim Mcleod has made Motherhood of The Monstrous a permanent feature on the Ginger Nuts of Horror website.

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The latest offering is Cate Gardner with No Coward Soul is Mine, part of a series celebrating our favourite influential female authors and the ones we’re reading now.

I’m deeply humbled by what Cate’s written and proud to be part of a community where we have people like Jim Mcleod championing horror in all its forms.

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Cate Garder’s stories have appeared in Black Static, The Dark, Shimmer and Postscripts. She was a double British Fantasy Award nominee in 2016.  Her novellas The Theatre of Curious Acts and The Bureau of Them are available from Amazon.co.uk.

www.categardner.net