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Horror Round-Up 2018 by Ellen Datlow

I am eternally grateful to Ellen Datlow for her support of my work and for including my collection in her summary of horror for 2018, published by Locus.

Priya SharmaThere were a number of notable collections published, including All the Fabulous Beasts by Priya Sharma (Undertow), the long overdue debut of this talented author’s work, featuring 16 stories published since 2006, two of them original. Sharma makes a graceful shift between the fantastic and horror genres, and many of her stories have been in­cluded in Best of the Year anthologies. Her novelette “Fabulous Beasts” was nominated for the Shirley Jackson Award and won the British Fantasy Award. Highly recommended.

Read Ellen’s full article here.

 

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All the Fabulous Beasts arrives in Edinburgh

 

A big thank you to Mike Calder of Transreal Fiction, 46 Candlemaker Row, Edinburgh EH1 2QE for stocking my book.

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Graham Sleight for Locus

Thanks to Graham Sleight for including me in Firsts and Lasts, his round-up of the year for Locus magazine:

All the Fabulous Beasts by Priya Sharma (Undertow) was a debut collection: strange, powerful, ambitious, and direct.

Read the full article.

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Year in Review: 2018 by Paula Guran

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Paula Guran

Thanks to Paula Guran for mentioning  “All the Fabulous Beasts” in her review of the year for Locus magazine.

Read full article here.

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Pen Recycling

TerraCycle is a global company that’s become a leader in recycling typically hard-to-recycle waste.  I am a passionate fountain pen user but have my fair share of disposable pens, so am excited by their Writing Instruments Recycling Programme.

They offers free recycling programmes funded by brands, manufacturers, and retailers around the world to help collect and recycle waste. They have programmes for pens, crisp packets, cigarette waste, to name just a few. You can even become a drop-off point for items and raise money for charity or a local school.

Check out the website for more information, including drop-off points in the UK.

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Transreal Fiction

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.

Transreal_logo_400x400It’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.

Mark West’s 70s & 80s Horror Mixtape

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I’ve been involved in this lovely project by Mark West from the onset. So far he’s compiled mixtapes on Brit HorrorAmerican HorrorWomen In Horror and Stephen King. This time I got to pick a story from the 70s/80s.

I love it because I always discover stories and writers that I previously knew nothing about.

This time Mark’s chosen the 70s/80s. Check it out to see if your favourites are in there.

 

 

 

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The Monsters are Due in Madison Square Garden

The Monsters are due in Madison Square Gardens

Published by Bram Stoker Award winning press Omnium Gatherum, the story, set in 1934, focuses on investigative reporter Herb Fry who moves to New York to escape the vengeful Ku Klux Klan. Finding safer work writing on the paranormal, he’s in for a shock, the Big Apple’s crawling with German American Bund Nazis, jumpy because a horror movie buff with supernatural powers and a taste for elaborate set-piece murders is picking them off one by one. Will Herb ever find out who murdered the love of his life? And how will he survive long enough to interview Bela Lugosi.

I wish I could go to this!!

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Mythic Journeys

I am a huge lover of myths and legends, so am a very happy bunny to be included in “Mythic Journeys: Myths & Legends Retold” from Night Shade Books, edited by Paula Guran.

Mythic Journeys Edited by Paula Guran

Table of Contents:

Introduction: A Map or Maybe Not

“Lost Lake” – Emma Straub and Peter Straub
“White Lines on a Green Field” – Catherynne M. Valente
“Trickster” – Steven Barnes and Tananarive Due
“Our Talons Can Crush Galaxies” – Brooke Bolander
“A Memory of Wind” – Rachel Swirsky
“Leda” – M. Rickert
“Chivalry” – Neil Gaiman
“The God of Au” – Ann Leckie
“Faint Voices, Increasingly Desperate” – Anya Johanna DeNiro
“Ogres of East Africa” – Sofia Samatar
“Ys” – Aliette de Bodard
“The Gorgon” – Tanith Lee
“Merlin Dreams in the Mondream Wood” – Charles de Lint
“Calypso in Berlin” – Elizabeth Hand
“Seeds” – Lisa L. Hannett and Angela Slatter
“Wonder-Worker-of-the-World” – Nisi Shawl
“Thesea and Astaurius” – Priya Sharma
“Foxfire, Foxfire” – Yoon Ha Lee
“Owl vs. the Neighborhood Watch” – Darcie Little Badger
“How to Survive an Epic Journey” – Tansy Rayner Roberts
“Simargl and the Rowan Tree” – Ekaterina Sedia
“The Ten Suns” – Ken Liu
“Armless Maidens of the American West” – Genevieve Valentine
“Give Her Honey When You Hear Her Scream” – Maria Dahvana Headley
“Zhyuin” – John Shirley
“Immortal Snake” – Rachel Pollack
“A Wolf in Iceland Is the Child of a Lie” – Sonya Taaffe

 

My story is a reworking of the Minotaur myth, with Thesea instead of Theseus. It was originally published in Interzone (Issue 246) and reprinted in Steve Haynes’ Best British Fantasy 2014.

“Daddy, you’re telling it wrong.”
“Am I?”
Thesea smiles at her husband and daughter.
“You tell it then,” he says to the child.
“King Minos prayed to Poseidon, who sent him a magic bull but Minos didn’t sacrifice it like he was supposed to, so Aphrodite made Minos’ wife fall in love with it.”
Only the gods inflict love as a punishment, Thesea thinks.
“The bull and queen made a baby called the Minotaur.” Thesea’s glad that she’s too young to be concerned with the details. She bares her teeth and draws her fingers into claws. “It was a monster.”
“The Minotaur had a bull’s head on a man’s body.” Their son; older, placid, lacking his sibling’s drama.
“I’m telling it. Minos made Daedalus, his inventor, build the labyrinth to hold the Minotaur. He fed it human sacrifices that were sent from Athens.”
“Really?” her father asks.
“Yes, then Athens sent a prince called Theseus who was so handsome that Ariadne, Minos’ daughter, gave him a sword to kill the Minotaur and string to find his way out of the maze.”
She has no interest in being Ariadne. She leaps about pretending to be Theseus, imaginary sword in hand.
“Calm down,” Thesea puts an arm around her and draws her in. “You’ve all got it wrong. Listen and I’ll tell you what really happened.”

-Thesea and Astaurius

If you want to know a little more, you can find it here.

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Want to be a Writer in Residence?

Gladstone’s Library, Flintshire, is now open to submissions for their 2020 Writers in Residence and Politics in Residence programmes, from which a selection of the best contemporary writers will be chosen to reside at Gladstone’s Library to focus on their current projects.

https://www.gladstoneslibrary.org/news/volume/submissions-now-open-for-writers-in-residence-2020

The winning writers each receive a month’s residency at the library during which time they will blog about their stay, run a creative writing workshop and host an ‘Evening With’ event. They’ll each receive full board and lodging, travel expenses, and an honorarium of £100 per week.

Past recipients of the award include Polly Atkin (Basic Nest Architecture), Rowan Hisayo Buchannan (Harmless Like You), Amy Liptrot (The Outrun), Jessie Burton (The Miniaturist), Melissa Harrison (All Among the Barley), Sarah Perry (The Essex Serpent), and Ian Parks (Citizens).

Even if this isn’t for you, check out the website for details of courses and how to stay the night at the library, founded by William Gladstone, who wanted to make his collection accessible to the public.

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