Monthly Archives: October 2019

The Porcupine Boy & Other Anthological Oddities

The wonderfully titled “The Porcupine Boy & Other Anthological Oddities”, edited by Christopher Jones, is out now from Crossroad Press.

The cool cover is by Natasha Alterici (cover art) and Deena Warner (cover design).

The Porcupine BoyTable of Contents
Introduction by Catherine Grant
Outside by Gary McMahon
Feral by Priya Sharma
The Coldness of His Eye by Brian Evenson
The Porcupine Boy by Lucy A. Snyder
300 Down By Keith Minnion
The Dark Windmill by Janet Joyce Holden
It’s in the CardsBy Elizabeth Massie
Roadkill by Meryl Stenhouse
The Bone Arena by Jeffrey Thomas
…and Puppy Dog Tails by PD Cacek
The Exclusivity of Ravens by David Nickle
Thank You For Not Ignoring Me by Violet LeVoit
Jacqueline Laughs Last in the Gaslight by Paula Ashe
Adrenaline Junkies by Ray Cluley


My thanks to Chris for including me with “Feral”, my own story of oddity and freedom.

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Come Join Us By The Fire

NIGHTFIRE, a new horror imprint that will join Tor, Forge, Tor Teen, Starscape, and Publishing as part of Tom Doherty Associates, has announced an exclusive audio project in conjunction with Google Play Books.

COME JOIN US BY THE FIRE is NIGHTFIRE’s audio-only horror anthology of 35 short stories available to download as free individual audiobooks or to call up with a voice command on your Android phone or Google Assistant-enabled smart speakers, like Google Home, via the Google Play Books app. To try it out, just say “Hey Google, read me ‘This Guy’ by Chuck Wendig”—one of the many titles available.

I am totally thrilled to be part of this with my story, “The Anatomist’s Mnemonic”, and am excited to see what NIGHTFIRE will do next.

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British Fantasy Awards 2019

The British Fantasy Society announced the winners for the 2019 British Fantasy Awards on October 20, 2019 during FantasyCon 2019 at the Golden Jubilee Conference Hotel in Glasgow, Scotland.

I love British Fantasy Con – it’s one of the highlights of my year. I loved seeing old friends and meeting new ones.

Congratulations to all the winners and nominees.

I was delighted just to be nominated alongside the other writers in the Best Collection category. I’ve read many of the books in the group and can thoroughly recommend them. Rosanne Rabinowitz’ work is humane and brave, leaping from the future to past seamlessly. Thana Niveau’s pure love and knowledge of the horror genre sings off the page. Marian Womack writes a salutory collection for our times of climate change. I look forward N.K. Jemisin’s and Catherynne M. Valente’s collections, both of which have garnered high praise.

I owe lots of thanks for the collection. The British Fantasy Society, the jurors, and the voters. To Mike Kelly, Carolyn MacDonnell-Kelly and Courtney Kelly of Undertow Press. Mike believed in this book when I didn’t. To Jeffrey Alan Love and C7 Shiina for allowing us to use their beautiful artwork, and to Vince Haig (who is good at everything) for his cover design. Ellen Datlow, who has been so important to me as a reader and a writer. To Paula Guran, always. To TTA Press and To everyone who has ever published me, in fact. To my family. And Mark Greenwod, my partner.

And the genre writing community, where I have made friends and felt at home. Thanks you.


Best Fantasy Novel (the Robert Holdstock Award)

Best Horror Novel (the August Derleth Award)

Best Novella

Best Short Story

  • WINNER: “Down Where Sound Comes Blunt”, G.V. Anderson (F&SF 3-4/18)
  • “Telling Stories”, Ruth E.J. Booth (The Dark 12/18)
  • “Her Blood the Apples, Her Bones the Trees”, Georgina Bruce (The Silent Garden)
  • “In the Gallery of Silent Screams”, Carole Johnstone & Chris Kelso (Black Static 9-10/18)
  • “A Son of the Sea”, Priya Sharma (All the Fabulous Beasts)
  • “Thumbsucker”, Robert Shearman (New Fears 2)

Best Collection

Best Anthology

Best Independent Press

  • WINNER: Unsung Stories
  • Fox Spirit
  • Luna
  • NewCon

Best Non-Fiction

  • WINNER: Noise and Sparks, Ruth EJ Booth (Shoreline of Infinity)

Best Magazine / Periodical

  • WINNER: Uncanny
  • Black Static
  • Ginger Nuts of Horror
  • Interzone
  • Shoreline of Infinity

Best Artist

  • WINNER: Vince Haig
  • David Rix
  • Daniele Serra
  • Sophie E Tallis

Best Comic / Graphic Novel

Best Audio

  • WINNER: Breaking the Glass Slipper Podcast
  • Bedtime Stories for the End of the World Podcast
  • Blood on Satan’s Claw, Mark Morris (Bafflegab)
  • PodCastle
  • PsuedoPod

Best Film / Television Production

  • WINNER: Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse
  • Annihilation
  • Avengers: Infinity War
  • Black Panther
  • The Haunting of Hill House
  • Inside No. 9, series 4

Best Newcomer (the Sydney J Bounds Award)

Ian Whates received the Karl Edward Wagner Award, a “special award for contribution to genre.”

Winners were chosen by jury, except for the Karl Edward Wagner Award, which was chosen by the BFS committee.



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Great British Horror 4: Dark and Stormy Nights

GREAT BRITISH HORROR 4 continues the annual series edited by Steve J Shaw of Black Shuck Books. Each year has a different loose theme and features ten British authors, plus one international guest contributor.

It was great to be part the official launch at British Fantasy Con, along with Steve J Shaw, Alison Littlewood, Phil Sloman and Tim Lebbon.

Featuring: Nor Cease You Never Now ~ Ren Warom | Faith Leaps ~ Kath Deakin & Tim Lebbon | Whistles After Dark ~ G.V. Anderson | My Mother’s Ghosts ~ Priya Sharma | Old Women and Knives ~ Phil Sloman | Errol ~ Paul M. Feeney | The Goddess of the Rain ~ Alison Littlewood | Slipper ~ Catriona Ward | All the Secret Colours of the World ~ Simon Avery | Oathkeeper ~ Maura McHugh | I Will Tell You Seven-Oh ~ M.R. Carey


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The dark and stormy night is welcome after the long, hot summer that’s scorched the grass and put me in a stupor. I’m in a perpetual sweat. I lie awake through airless nights in my bedroom.

The violence of the dark and stormy night breaks the tension and brings a kind of peace.


I am my mother’s ghost and she is mine.

She follows me around the house. Right now she’s outside the toilet. I know this because her sigh penetrates everything, even my sleep. It verbalises her emotional exhaustion. She doesn’t need words now that she has her powerful sigh. It creates a vacuum that sucks out all my feelings.

“Are you okay in there?” Her voice is low and slow. I pretend not to hear her.

“Charlotte?” There’s a tentative knock.

“Go away.”

“Charlotte, are they talking about us?”

She means in the village. I went out today for supplies, carting them back in my rucksack. Mum imagines the village as it was years ago, when her and Dad bought this house. There was a butcher’s, greengrocer’s, post office and tearooms. A crucible for gossip.

I’ve tried to explain to Mum that I cut through the trees to the main road and walk the half mile to the supermarket. It’s a great barn of a building in which to be anonymous.

Mum can’t take it in. She’s stuck in the past. I’m stuck in her past.

“Nobody’s talking about us.”

I wash my hands. When I open the door she’s right outside, as if her nose was pressed against the wooden panelling.

People used to tell me that I’m a younger version of Mum. I wouldn’t know. I’ve no idea what either of us look like.

(From My Mother’s Ghosts)


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Ormeshadow Released

It’s finally the official release date of “Ormeshadow” from My huge thanks to the team there.

Becky Spratford kindly mentioned “Ormeshadow” on her Recent Horror Novellas for Librarians column on her website RA for All: Horror, the online of The Readers’ Advisory Guide to Horror. She also featured me in a series she runs, RA for All: 31 Days of Horror – I am Day 8 of Why I Love Horror.

Becky is a Librarian in Illinois who trains library staff all over the world on how to match books with readers through their local public library. She is an of the author of The Readers’ Advisory Guide to Horror, 2d edition (ALA Editions, 2012). She writes content for EBSCO’s NoveList database, reviews for Booklist, is a member of the Adult Reading Round Table Steering Committee, a 5 term Trustee for her local library, and am a proud member of The Horror Writers’ Association.

“Ormeshadow” is also reviewed by Ross Jeffrey over at Storgy.

Sharma’s prose in Ormeshadow is deep and rich, and at times, all consuming. It’s as if Sharma has created a storm on the page, contained it with words, sentences and paragraphs – you want to pull yourself away but it’s intoxicatingly, you are at her mercy and she doesn’t relent

Read full review here.

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Amazon Best Books of the Month: SF & F

My novella, ‘Ormeshadow’ is listed in Amazon’s Best SFF for October 2019. Nope, I don’t believe it either.

The official release date is 15th October 2019.

Amazon Best SFF Oct 2019

Anthony R. Cardno kindly reviewed Ormshadow over on his blog:

Priya Sharma’s Ormeshadow is of that particular type of fantasy wherein the reader wonders if the fantasy aspect actually exists at all or is completely in the characters’ minds. It’s hard to walk that “is it real or isn’t it” line without confirming one way or the other and still satisfy the reader; Priya Sharma pulls it off magnificently, putting me often in mind of one of my favorite fantasy novels (and possibly one of my favorite novels of any genre), Ellen Kushner and Delia Sherman’s The Fall of the Kings. Even after two re-readings of Ormeshadow, I find myself happily vacillating as to whether the fantasy element, especially the story’s denouement, is real or the product of the main character’s fevered and wishing mind.

Read his full review.



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