I recently visited writer-extraordinaire Georgina Bruce in Edinburgh and saw the sights. She took me to a bookshop called Transreal Fiction in Candlemaker Row.
It’s a marvellous subspecies of independent bookshop specialising in science-fiction and fantasy. Yes, science-fiction and fantasy. It’s a breath of fresh air to find wonderfully curated stock that includes books from smaller presses as well as the mainstream titles. An added bonus is Mike Calder, who is clearly lovely as well as knowledgeable about his subject.
I bought two novels. One was “Kindred” by Octavia Butler, which I’m embarrassed to say I’ve never read. The other “Cold Skin” by Albert Sanchez Piñol, which is completely new to me.
I’m always thrilled to see books by writers I know in bookshops. Transreal had work by Ramsey Campbell, Alison Littlewood and Catherine Cavendish. And it was great to see TTA’s Black Static and Interzone out in the wild too.