I feel very honoured by this review by one of the coolest women in horror, Laura Mauro. Thanks to her and Jim Mcleod of Ginger Nuts of Horror.
Sharma’s tales are at their strongest and most poignant when they concern love, be it consuming, denied, or realized late. Their magic is usually one surreal piece fitted tightly into a puzzle of normalcy, that often roars up by the end to reshape everything. Sharma leaves tantalizing clues throughout her stories that make the conclusions surprising yet satisfying. Fantasy fans who want their stories deep and intense will consider this a fabulous debut. Read full Publishers Weekly review.
I went out in the rain to collect a parcel from the Post Office depot this morning. It contained an unexpected gift from fellow writer and friend Penny Jones. It’s a quote from “Fabulous Beasts”.
Thank you, Penny Jones. My eyeliner is all over my face now, but not because of the rain.
Thanks to Andy Hedgecock for his review of “Mad Hatters and March Hares” (edited by Ellen Datlow) in Interzone 274.
“Ellen Datlow will have soon edited 100 anthologies. An impressive achievement in itself, but one accentuated by the positive critical reception those books have elicited. In her introduction to “Mad Hatters and March Hares”, Datlow reveals her lifelong fascination with Lewis Carroll’s Alice books and the enduring pleasure she has taken in the art and films they have inspired. So it’s just as well that this is a stimulating, rich varied collection of stories….there’s whimsy, dirty realism, surrealism, dark fantasy and metafiction.”
Hedgecock describes “Moon, and Memory, and Muchness” by Katherine Vaz as a tour de force. Of Kaaron Warren’s “Eating the Alice Cake” that it’s a harrowing tale but an emotionally gripping and necessary one. Stephen Graham Jones’ horrific “Alis” is a tightly controlled piece of writing and Jones produces an interesting riff on the notion of minatory mirror and its inverted realities.
“In terms of drawing inspiration from Carroll’s Alice and gheading off somewhere entirely unexpected, Priya Sharma’s “Mercury” sets the bar exceeding highly…using fiction to explore the boundaries between madness and imagination is an activity fraught with pitfalls relating to coherence, plausibility and taste, but Sharma’s liminal tale wanders between the debatable lands of historical fantasy and historical realism with quiet assurance.”
“Mad Hatters and March Hares is an impressive and consistently original collection that includes several exceptionally good short stories – then contributions from Priya Sharma, Jeffrey Ford and Richard Bowes are three of then best stories I’ve read in the last couple of years. Another rich, varied and entertaining anthology from Ellen Datlow.”
Aliya Whiteley Alert!
There are six covers by Darren Hopes in the Eden Book Society project, and they make an eerie and stylish collection. I helped to prepare* one of the novellas in this series (although I’m not allowed to say which one) and I’m really looking forward to getting my hands on the entire set.
The other authors involved are Gary Budden, Alison Moore, Andrew Michael Hurley, Jenn Ashworth and Richard V Hirst, and Sam Mills, so that should make for a very interesting selection of horror-based writing if that’s your bag. Click here to read the blurbs and see if you can guess which one is mine…
*wrote under a pseudonym but don’t tell anyone
I am excited that the Museum of the Moon is coming to Liverpool in 2018. It’s a installation by Luke Jerram. His moon is seven metres in diameter, featuring a 120dpi detailed NASA imagery of the lunar surface. At an approximate scale of 1:500,000, each centimetre of the internally lit spherical sculpture represents 5km of the moon’s surface.
Follycon will be the 69th British National Science Fiction Convention, or Eastercon. It will be held at The Majestic Hotel in Harrogate, from 30 March – 2 April 2018.
Sadly, I won’t be there but I’d like say a big thanks to Roy Gray and TTA who have kindly agreed to put a few copies of “All the Fabulous Beasts” on the stand. These will be at a special con rate of £10 for the paperback and £16 for the hardback edition.
Even if you don’t like the look of my collection, I’d urge strangers to TTA to check out their stock. If you’ve not read “Skyshine” buy Carole Johnstone, do yourself a favour and buy Black Static Issue 60. It’s a bumper issue that also contains the sterling work of Tim Lees, Stephen Hargadon and Ray Cluley.