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Tor Nightfire Halloween Horror Sweepstake

Giveaway only open to residents of US and CA (excluding Quebec). Closes 9th October 2022.

I am VERY proud to be in both “Screams From the Dark” and “Dark Stars”.

Enter here.

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Stranimondi 2022

Stranimondi is nearly here! Starting 8th October 2022.

I am honoured to be including in this guest line up.

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Arvon: How I Write

I am delighted to be involved in Arvon At Home, Arvon’s online programme for creative writing.

Monday February 6th – Friday February 10th 2023, 14:00 GMT is SPECULATIVE FICTION WEEK which explores the borderlands between dream and reality. The tutors are Nina Allan and Christopher Priest, who will run a mixture of workshops, discussions and tutorials

I am doing the HOW I WRITE session, which is a reading and Q&A as part of the week’s programme. It’s a pay-what-you-can event/suggested donation of £2.50 -£5.00.

Many thanks to Arvon, Christopher Priest, and Nina Allan for including me.

Molotov Magazine #4

I am delighted to be included in Issue 4 of Molotov Magazine. A big thanks to editor of Alessandro Manzetti and translator Francesca Noto. 

“Feral” originally appeared in The Porcupine Boy & Other Anthological Oddities, Ed. Christopher M. Jones, Crossroad Press (2019)and was reprinted in The Dark, Issue 64 (2020).

Sono lieta che una delle mie opere sia stata inclusa nel quarto numero di Molotov Magazine. Grazie di cuore al curatore della rivista, Alessandro Manzetti, e a Francesca Noto, che ha tradotto in italiano il mio racconto.

‘Feral’ (in italiano  ‘Selvaggia’) è stato originariamente pubblicato nell’antologia ‘The Porcupine Boy & Other Anthological Oddities’ (Crossroads Press 2019), curata da Christopher M. Jones, e poi ristampato nel numero 64 (2020) della rivista The Dark.

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Italian Translation of Ormeshadow

Ormeshadow by Priya Sharma coming in October!

We are happy to announce the release of Ormeshadow, by Priya Sharma, is among the spearheads of the new generation of English weird. His works have appeared in several magazines such as Black Static, Interzone, Nightmare and The Dark, and translated in various countries around the world.

Ormeshadow, orpear winner of the Shirley Jackson Award 2019 and the British Fantasy Award 2020, is a touching coming-of-age story, between dark atmospheres and messages of hope, which presents for the first time to the Italian public the talent of Priya Sharma.

Ormeshadow will be previewed at Stranimondi 2022 while the official release is scheduled for October 13, 2022 in the Visioni series, with a translation by Elena Furlan.

Synopsis

England. Victorian age. The life of the young Gideon Baltam revolves around the family and the hard rhythms of the Ormesleep farm in the town of Ormeshadow, a place steeped in myths and legends: Orme, a dragon buried and asleep, pervaded by dreams of resentment, jealousy, death, prepares to awaken. Or so the legends say.

-Edizioni Hypnos website

Ormeshadow di Priya Sharma in arrivo a ottobre!

Siamo felici di annunciare l’uscita di Ormeshadow, di Priya Sharma, è tra le punte di diamante della nuova generazione del weird inglese. Le sue opere sono apparse su diverse riviste quali Black Static, Interzone, Nightmare e The Dark, e tradotte in vari paesi del mondo. 

Ormeshadow, opera vincitrice dello Shirley Jackson Award 2019 e del British Fantasy Award 2020, è una toccante storia di formazione, tra atmosfere oscure e messaggi di speranza, che presenta per la prima volta al pubblico italiano il talento di Priya Sharma.

Ormeshadow sarà presentato in anteprima a Stranimondi 2022 mentre l’uscita ufficiale è prevista per il 13 ottobre 2022 nella collana Visioni, con traduzione di Elena Furlan.

Sinossi

Inghilterra. Età vittoriana. La vita del giovane Gideon Baltam ruota attorno alla famiglia e ai duri ritmi della fattoria di Ormesleep nella località di Ormeshadow, luogo intriso di miti e leggende: Orme, un drago sepolto e addormentato, pervaso da sogni di risentimento, di gelosia, di morte, si prepara al risveglio. O così almeno dicono le leggende.

-Edizioni Hypnos website

My huge thanks to Edizioni Hypnos and Stranimondi – I am VERY excited to be attending the launch in Milan in October 2022.

This book was originally published by Tor.com in 2019

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Mari Lwyd narrated by Dion Winton-Polak

In 2020 I wrote a short story for the Sinister Horror Company‘s Advent Calendar. I based it on Mari Lwyd- the Welsh wassailing custom that involves a hobby horse constructed from a horse’s skull.

It was later reprinted in the Black Shuck Books‘ anthology Dreamland: Other Stories.

I’m delighted to have it narrated by Dion Winton-Polak. He did a wonderful job of it but then went one step further. He also recorded it in Welsh. Massive thanks to him for doing this.

Mari Lywd (English)
Y Fari Lwyd (Welsh)

Learn more more about Mari Lwyd.

Finally, you can hear more stories performed by Dion Winton-Polak, read his audio Testimonials and hire him to perform your own work if you like. Email him at dion@thefinetoothed.com or find him on social media.

Sound design and attribution:

Intro and Outro music come from the Free Music Archive and are used under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial License. / The Intro music is called The Fifth Life, by Circus Marcus. / The Outro music is called Post Bellum, by Dee Yan-Kee. / The sound effects used have all been sourced from Freesound under the same Creative Commons license. They are as follows: Footsteps on coastal path #3 by arnaud coutancier , Countryside_Birds_Lambs_Rhos_Wales_April_9am , Countryside_Blackbird_Rhos_Wales_April_8pm by innov8ting, dig by maxthrower , ambience_rural_kitchen_silence by patobottos , Barn Sounds by bone666138, Crouching and getting up-dress by usamah , CoupleLaughing by morningfrost , 50-minigaspNina by wintuh, yeah by jburunet , children playing by goldkelchen , Footsteps on crunchy ice on sidewalk by OBXJohn , Five_Heavy_knocks_on_bedroom_door_2 by Omar Alvarado , fire wood bonfire low eq by homejrande

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The Ghost of a Flea

I have made the Flea my business since that first night with John Varley.

I searched out Robert Hooke’s Micrographia: Some Physiological Descriptions of Minute Bodies Made by Magnifying Glasses with Observations and Enquiries. Micrographia. Small drawings.

Hooke’s work is an exquisite endeavour but his rendering of the flea is larger than any other creature therein. So much so that the page folds out as if Hooke is trying to communicate something. Why else would he elevate the flea so?

Hooke made his study in 1665. One hundred and fifty-three years ago. He writes with obscene interest  of the flea’s curiously polish’d suit of sable Armour, neatly jointed, and beset with multitudes of sharp pinns, shap’d almost like Porcupine’s Quills, or bright conical Steel-bodkins; the head is on either side beautify’d with a quick and round black eye, behind each of which also appears a small cavity, in which he seems to move to and fro a certain thin film beset with many small transparent hairs, which probably may be his ears; in the forepart of his head, between the two fore-leggs, he has two small long jointed feelers, or rather smellers…

            That we could be terrorised by something so minute is both woeful and laughable. Unlike Hooke I see nothing to admire in this parasite. I’ve seen the Flea’s ghost and he doesn’t look like Hooke’s drawing. No, not at all.

The Ghost of a Flea by Priya Sharma
The flea from Hooke’s Micrographia

This story has been in my head for years, ever since I attended a series of talks called “Dreams and Nightmares” at Liverpool University as part of their Continuing Education Classes. William Blake’s “The Ghost of a Flea” stayed with me and I have finally exorcised it via a story for Ellen Datlow’s anthology Screams from the Dark: 29 Tales of Monsters and the Monstrous.

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Screams From The Dark

I love a good monster story, so am thrilled to be in Ellen Datlow’s new anthology with a story called “The Ghost of a Flea”.

Contributers list: Ian Rogers, Fran Wilde, Gemma Files, Daryl Gregory, Priya Sharma, Brian Hodge, Joyce Carol Oates, Indrapramit Das, Siobhan Carroll, Richard Kadrey, Norman Partridge, Garry Kilworth, Caitlín R. Kiernan, Chikodili Emelumadu, Glen Hirshberg, A. C. Wise, Stephen Graham Jones, Kaaron Warren, Livia Llewellyn, Carole Johnstone, Margo Lanagan, Joe R. Lansdale, Brian Evenson, Nathan Ballingrud, Cassandra Khaw, Laird Barron, Kristi DeMeester, Jeffrey Ford, and John Langan.

Find out more here.

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