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Super Relaxed Fantasy Club


Super Relaxed Fantasy Club (SRFC) is a social gathering held in London once a month, promoting the enjoyment of reading fantasy, science fiction, horror, or anything with a bit of quirkiness. It’s continued online during lockdown and it was my pleasure to speak to GV Anderson.

Gemma is a hugely talented writer. Her short stories have won a World Fantasy Award, a British Fantasy Award, and been nominated for a Nebula. Her work can be found in Strange Horizons, Fantasy & Science Fiction, Lightspeed, and, as well as anthologies such as Best of British Science Fiction and The Year’s Best Dark Fantasy & Horror.

There are more interviews and readings on SRFC’s YouTube Channel.


Nominations for the Shirley Jackson Awards 2019

The nominees for the 2019 Shirley Jackson Awards have been announced. I am absolutely thrilled to be included in the novella category for “Ormeshadow”. I haven’t a cat in hell’s chance, but it’s really something to be in there alongside some amazing authors. My congratulations to all.


The Book of X, Sarah Rose Etter (Two Dollar Radio)
Curious Toys, Elizabeth Hand (Little, Brown and Co)
Goodnight Stranger, Miciah Bay Gault (Park Row Books)
Ninth House, Leigh Bardugo (Gollancz)
Nothing to See Here, Kevin Wilson (Ecco)
Tinfoil Butterfly, Rachel Eve Moulton (MCD x FSG Originals)

Into Bones Like Oil, Kaaron Warren (Meerkat Press)
“Late Returns,” Joe Hill (Full Throttle)
“The Monster of Elenhaven,” Jennifer Giesbrecht (
“Ormeshadow,” Priya Sharma (
This is How You Lose the Time War, Amal El-Mohtar & Max Gladstone (Gallery/Saga Press)

Black Bequeathments, Simon Strantzas (Dim Shores)
The Couvade, Joanna Koch (Demain Publishing)
“Deeper, Darker Things,” Steve Dillon (Deeper, Darker Things and Other Oddities)
Luminous Body, Brooke Warra (Dim Shores)
Pwdre Ser, Kurt Fawver (Dim Shores)
“Taproot,” M. R. Carey (Ten-Word Tragedies)

“How to Become a Witch-Queen,” Theodora Goss (Hex Life: Wicked New Tales of Witchery)
“Kali_Na,” Indrapramit Das (The Mythic Dream)
“The Truth About Josh Enloe,” Nick Straatmann (Parhelion)
“The Well,” Mariana Enríquez, translated by Megan McDowell (issue 55.1 of The Southern Review)
“Whistle, My Lad, and I Will Come,” Gina Ochsner (The Pink Issue of Fairy Tale Review)

Collision: Stories, J. S. Breukelaar (Meerkat Press, LLC)
Every Human Love: Stories, Joanna Pearson (Acre Books)
Homesick, Nino Cipri (Dzanc Books)
Mouthful of Birds, Samanta Schweblin (Riverhead Books)
Song for the Unraveling of the World, Brian Evenson (Coffee House Press)
Wounds, Nathan Ballingrud (Saga Press)

Echoes: The Saga Anthology of Ghost Stories, edited by Ellen Datlow (Saga Press)
The Mythic Dream, edited by Rivers Solomon (Saga Press)
The Twisted Book of Shadows, edited by Christopher Golden & James A. Moore (Twisted Publishing)
The Unquiet Dreamer: A Tribute to Harlan Ellison, edited by Preston Grassmann (PS Publishing)
Wonderland: An Anthology of Works Inspired by Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, edited by Marie O’Regan and Paul Kane (Titan Books)



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Disturbing the Body

“Disturbing the Body” is the new anthology from Boudicca Press.

It’s a collection of speculative autobiography centred around experiences of misbehaving bodies from women writers in the UK. It explores themes ranging from chronic illnesses, disability and major life changing operations, and puts before the reader moments where women can feel powerless and out of the ordinary from their own bodies.

Verity Holloway approached Boudicca Press back in 2019 with an idea for the anthology following her scrape with a life changing operation. Verity, author of “Pseudotooth”, “Beauty Secrets of the Martyrs” and “The Mighty Healer”, started writing about her perception of pain in intensive care following her experience with open-heart surgery.  After speaking with Georgina Bruce of This House of Wounds and Louise Kenward, artist and writer with a background in the NHS, working as a psychologist and psychotherapist, she discovered that they had all written creative non-fiction pieces in response to illness. Read more about her Verity’s experience here.

An annoucement of the authors involved is coming soon and the project is being funded via Kickstarter, with 12 days left. Rewards include a £10 Body and Memoir Writing Workshop with Verity Holloway (only 6 left though). Here’s the link if you’re interested in making a pledge.

Boudicca Press is an independent publisher who celebrates the strength, courage and literary talents of women. They publish weird, literary fiction and non-fiction by women in the UK. It’s run by freelance writer, editor and workshop leader, Nici West.

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.


You can now vote by sending an email to to 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
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…


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.


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.


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.



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.


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.

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.


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 and was edited by Ellen Datlow.

“Bestias Fabulosas” apareció orginalmente en, 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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