The Mountain of Smoke by Jeffrey Alan Love

I am very proud to know artist Jeffrey Alan Love. It’s no secret that I am a huge fan of his work. I envy his skill. He can conjure in an image or a line what would take me pages to create.

His latest book is ” The Mountain of Smoke”. It’s described as a Jeffrey Alan Love Sketchbook. It’s a glimpse into his process but its more than that. It’s not just a book for his admirers or art lovers. It’s a motivation for writers in the way that “The Mysteries of Harris Burdick” by Chris Van Allsburg is. It’s full of texture and teeth, of mystery and inspiration.

You can buy the book direcrly from Flesk Publications in the USA as a regular or a signed deluxe edition.

Alternatively order from your local bookshop, Amazon US, or Amazon UK.

 

 

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The Dark, Issue 64

I am delighted to be included in The Dark this month. My thanks to editors Silvia Moreno-Garcia and Sean Wallace.

This issue includes two all-new stories and two reprints:

“Call Them Children” by Wenmimareba Klobah Collins
“Feral” by Priya Sharma (reprint)
“The Goatkeeper’s Harvest” by Tobi Ogundiran
“The Quiet Forms of Belonging” by Kristi DeMeester (reprint)

“Feral” was originally published in “The Porcupine Boy & Other Anthological Oddities” edited by Christopher Jones.

Buy the issue or read stories online.

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Ormeshadow review by Edward Lorn

Many thanks to Edward Lorn for reviewing my novella on his channel. Also to Tracy and Jen of Ladies of Horror.

 

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2019 Shirley Jackson Awards

The awards are handed out annually to the works of horror, dark fantasy and psychological suspense that best exemplify the legacy of horror author Shirley Jackson. Due to Covid-19, this year’s ceremony was a virtual one rather than its normal venue at ReaderCon in Massachusetts, USA. I was delighted just to be listed in the novella category alongside an amazing list of writers and genuinely suprised to win.

Congratulations to everyone on the list.

Here are this year’s winners (listed in bold) and nominees:

NOVEL

  • 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)

 

NOVELLA

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

NOVELETTE

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

SHORT FICTION

  • “Kali_Na,” Indrapramit Das (The Mythic Dream)
  • “How to Become a Witch-Queen,” Theodora Goss (Hex Life: Wicked New Tales of Witchery)
  • “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)

 

SINGLE-AUTHOR COLLECTION

  • Song for the Unraveling of the World, Brian Evenson (Coffee House Press)
  • 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)
  • Wounds, Nathan Ballingrud (Saga Press)

EDITED ANTHOLOGY

  • The Twisted Book of Shadows, edited by Christopher Golden & James A. Moore (Twisted Publishing)
  • Echoes: The Saga Anthology of Ghost Stories, edited by Ellen Datlow (Saga Press)
  • The Mythic Dream, edited by Rivers Solomon (Saga Press)
  • 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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Speculative Pakistan

The Last Word presents Speculative Pakistan, readings and a panel discussion about speculative fiction in Pakistan, with winners and finalists of the Salam Awards.

The Salam Award for Imaginative Fiction is a short story award to promote science fiction and related genres of writing in Pakistan. The scope is broad and will include every thing from regular science fiction and steampunk to magic realism and weird fiction.

The award is named for Dr. Abdus Salam, one of the pioneers of scientific research in Pakistan. Salam was the first Pakistani to win the Nobel Prize for Physics in 1979. To the world he was the first Muslim scientist to win the prize, but in Pakistan he was not. His religious sect, the Ahmadiyya community had been declared non-Muslim in 1974, by the Pakistani parliament.

My thanks to the award team for having me on board as a moderator for this event.

Register here.

Banner design by Amna Naveed.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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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 Tor.com, 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.

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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.

NOMINATIONS:

NOVEL
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)

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

NOVELETTE
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)

SHORT FICTION
“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)

SINGLE-AUTHOR COLLECTION
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)

EDITED ANTHOLOGY
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.

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/disturbingthebody/disturbing-the-body-speculative-autobiography-from-women/pledge/new?clicked_reward=false

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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.

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You can now vote by sending an email to to awards@thisishorror.co.uk 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
Bizzong
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