There’s Room By The Fire For Everyone

Last year Tom Doherty Associates annouced a new member of their family, the horror imprint Nightfire.

Come Join Us By The Fire was their audio-only horror anthology of thirty-five stories, available as free individual downloads in 2019. I was proud to included with “The Anatomist’s Mnemonic”. 

So far it’s been exclusive to Google Play, garnering more than 100,000 downloads, Come Join Us By the Fire is now be available to download as free individual digital audiobooks or stream on Spotify and more digital audiobook retailers.

Download for free via these links:

Spotify, Apple, Kobo, Google Play, and Libro.fm

 

Come Join Us By the Fire

Table of Contents:
“No Matter Which Way We Turned” – Brian Evenson
“Daddy” – Victor LaValle
“This Guy” – Chuck Wendig
“Flayed Ed” – Richard Kadrey
“The Pond” – Paul Tremblay
“Her Body, Herself” – Carmen Maria Machado
“The Girls in the Horror Movie” – Gwendolyn Kiste
“These Deathless Bones” – Cassandra Khaw
“It Washed Up” – Joe R. Lansdale
“Stemming the Tide” – Simon Strantzas
“Midnight Caller” – Stephen Graham Jones
“Black Bark” – Brian Evenson
“The Anatomist’s Mnemonic” – Priya Sharma
“Rabbit Heart” – Alyssa Wong
“The Beasts of the Earth, The Madness of Men” – Brooke Bolander
“Cold, Silent, and Dark” – Kary English
“When the Zombies Win” – Karina Sumner-Smith
“Harold the Spider Man” – Paul Tremblay
“Ponies” – Kij Johnson
“Black Neurology” – Richard Kadrey
“Beware of Owner” – Chuck Wendig
“The Vault of the Sky, The Face of the Deep” – Robert Levy
“Don’t Turn on the Lights” – Cassandra Khaw
“Wasp & Snake” – Livia Llewellyn
“Greener Pastures” – Michael Wehunt
“And When She Was Bad” – Nadia Bulkin
“El Charro” – John Langan
“Dream Home” – Kat Howard
“Spawning Season” – Nicholas Kaufmann
“In Sheep’s Clothing” – Molly Tanzer
“57 Reasons for the Slate Quarry Suicides” – Sam J. Miller
“Was She Wicked, Was She Good?” – M. Rickert
“A Life That Is Not Mine” – Kristi DeMeester
“That Which Does Not Kill You” – Lucy A. Snyder
“The Design” – China Miéville

 

 

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Stuff for February

Thanks to Georgina Bruce for reviewing “Ormeshadow” and interviewing me for the lastest issue of Black Static (#73)

The January-February 2020 issue contains new cutting edge horror fiction by Stephen Volk, Keith Rosson, Maria Haskins, Jack Westlake, and Gregory Norman Bossert. The cover art is by Ben Baldwin (for Stephen Volk’s ‘Sicko’), and interior illustrations are by Richard Wagner, Ben Baldwin, Vincent Sammy, and others. Regular features: Into the Woods by Ralph Robert Moore; Notes from the Borderland by Lynda E. Rucker; Case Notes book reviews by Laura Mauro, Andy Hedgecock, Daniel Carpenter, David Surface, Andrew Hook, and Georgina Bruce, who also interviews Priya Sharma; Blood Spectrum film reviews by Gary Couzens.

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I am proud to get a mention in Dev Agarwal’s review of 2019 for Vector Magazine: From the editor of Focus: Best of the Year 2019.

Vector is the critical journal of the British Science Fiction Association, publishing article and features on genre fiction across the world, with some focus on UK science fiction.

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Guest Post by Tracy Fahey: The Return Of The Repressed: Further Unheimlich Manoeuvres…

I am delighted to have Tracy Fahey here to talk about the rerelease of The Unheimlich Manoeuvre. Her collection has been described as domestic horror but it’s anything but mundane. Her writing  has a very claustrophobic quality which heightens its unsease. Large events that affect whole communities are focused through the microscope of personal interactions, which are beautifully observed. Although there are twists, Tracy Fahey never plays for cheap shocks. I thoroughly recommend her work. – Priya Sharma

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In March 2020 I’m delighted to announce the uncanny resurrection of my first, beloved collection, The Unheimlich Manoeuvre in a deluxe edition, and the arrival of a new chapbook, Unheimlich Manoeuvres in the Dark, both released by the Sinister Horror Company.

Originally published in limited hardback edition by Alex Davis of Boo Books, The Unheimlich Manoeuvre was a collection of fourteen tales situated within the broad parameter of home. In 2017 it was nominated for Best Collection in the British Fantasy Awards, and one of its stories, ‘Walking The Borderlines’ was also longlisted by Ellen Datlow for The Year’s Best Horror Volume 8. The next year, in 2018, it was picked up by the Sinister Horror Company and rereleased in paperback and ebook.

Surely that’s as much life as any book can hope for? But like its unheimlich Freudian source, it seem that this is a book that specialises in the uncanny return…

I’ve always been fascinated by tales of unease grounded in the home. Classic stories like Charlotte Gilman Perkins’ The Yellow Wallpaper or Edgar Allan Poe’s The Cask Of Amontillado haunt me with their mundane settings where horrifying events happen. Even after the re-release of The Unheimlich Manoeuvre, I continued to weave horror that arose from the subversion of domestic intimacy; the distortion of home through the lens of physical and mental illness, the intense disquiet occasioned by paranormal shadows within a safe space. In late 2019, in conversation with my excellent editor, Justin Park, we decided to bring out a third, deluxe edition of The Unheimlich Manoeuvre. This handsome edition, out on Friday the 13th of March 2020,will include a new essay, ‘Creative Evocations of Uncanny Domestic Space,’ five new stories, a print and piece entitled ‘Remembering Wildgoose Lodge,’ and complete story notes on all nineteen stories in this edition.

It was at this point that my resourceful editor pointed out that through the popularity of the second edition many readers already owned a copy of The Unheimlich Manoeuvre. For these Constant Readers, he proposed creating a 100-page chapbook of the new and additional material. And so the gloriously punny Unheimlich Manoeuvres In The Dark was born.
These are beautiful objects. I love the original design for The Unheimlich Manoeuvre; black, fractured home on a green background. For Unheimlich Manoeuvres In The Dark, the Sinister Horror Company have neatly reversed the colours, so the little green house becomes isolated in the gathering dark. For the deluxe edition, the wraparound back cover contains within it the watermarked version of the Wildgoose Lodge print inside the book, a lovely visual reflection on the lingering quality of the uncanny.
As an author, I couldn’t be more delighted with this strange, uncanny rebirth of The Unheimlich Manoeuvre, and its sinister doppelganger, Unheimlich Manoeuvres In The Dark. Grateful thanks to my midwife, Justin Park, as always, and I can only hope that others will grow to love these weird book-children as much as I do.

 

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Tracy Fahey is an Irish Gothic writer. In 2017, her debut collection The Unheimlich Manoeuvre was shortlisted for a British Fantasy Award, 2020 sees the release of the third deluxe edition of this collection, together with a chapbook, Unheimlich Manoeuvres In The Dark, both published by the Sinister Horror Company. Eight of her short stories have been longlisted by Ellen Datlow for The Best Horror of the Year; her short story ‘That Thing I Did’ receiving an Honourable Mention in the latest volume. She is published in over twenty Irish, US and UK anthologies and her work has been reviewed in the Times Literary Supplement. Fahey holds a PhD on the Gothic in visual arts, and her non-fiction writing has been published in Irish, English, American, Italian, Dutch and Australian edited collections and journals. She has been awarded residencies in Ireland and Greece. Her first novel, The Girl in the Fort, was released by Fox Spirit Press in 2017. Her second collection, New Music For Old Rituals, was published in 2018 by Black Shuck Books. She is currently working on her third collection, I Spit Myself Out. Her website is at www.tracyfahey.com

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Edited By

 

Edited By is an anthology of a selection of stories edited by Ellen Datlow over her stellar career.

This beautiful book is available to pre-order from Subterranean Press and will be published in September 2020.

The trade edition is a fully cloth bound hardback ($45) and there’s 250 copies of the limited edition signed by most of the contributers ($125).

Dust jacket illustration by Anna & Elana Balbusso.

I feel very honoured to have worked with Ellen Datlow and to be included in this volume with “The Crow Palace”, a story that appeared Black Feather: Dark Avian Tales, her bird themed horror anthology (2017).

 

 

Edited By is a thoroughgoing attempt to reflect both the quality and infinite variety of the fiction she has championed in the course of her career. The stories gathered here come from all over the literary map. There are SF, fantasy, and horror stories, often in unique combinations. There are household names among the contributors, such as Neil Gaiman, whose screenplay/story “Eaten (Scenes from a Moving Picture)” is a chilling account of eater and eaten, predator and prey. There are newer, lesser known figures as well, among them Nathan Ballingrud, whose “Monsters of Heaven” is an achingly beautiful story of grief, loss, and strange encounters. And there are many award-winning writers included, among them Elizabeth Hand, Kelly Link, Lucius Shepard, Ted Chiang, and Jeffrey Ford, to name just a few. Their contributions are among the many highlights of this book.

-Gary K. Wolfe

 

Table of Contents:

  • Introduction by Gary K. Wolfe
  • Home by the Sea by Pat Cadigan
  • The Evolution of Trickster Stories Among the Dogs of North Park After the Change by Kij Johnson
  • The Bedroom Light by Jeffrey Ford
  • The Carrion Gods in Their Heaven by Laird Barron
  • The Crow Palace by Priya Sharma
  • Some Strange Desire by Ian McDonald
  • The Lepidopterist by Lucius Shepard
  • Bird Count by Jane Yolen
  • Anamorphosis by Caitlín R. Kiernan
  • The Hortlak by Kelly Link
  • In the Month of Athyr by Elizabeth Hand
  • Precious by Nalo Hopkinson
  • Daniel’s Theory About Dolls by Stephen Graham Jones
  • The Mysteries by Livia Llewellyn
  • Dancing Men by Glen Hirshberg
  • The Office of Doom by Richard Bowes
  • Black Nightgown by K. W. Jeter
  • A Delicate Architecture Catherynne M. Valente
  • The Goosle by Margo Lanagan
  • Eaten (Scenes from a Moving Picture) by Neil Gaiman
  • Teratisms by Kathe Koja
  • The Monsters of Heaven by Nathan Ballingrud
  • That Old School Tie by Jack Womack
  • Love and Sex Among the Invertebrates by Pat Murphy
  • Overlooking by Carol Emshwiller
  • Sonny Liston Takes the Fall by Elizabeth Bear
  • Technicolor by John Langan
  • The Sawing Boys by Howard Waldrop
  • Shay Corsham Worsted by Garth Nix
  • Seventy-Two Letters by Ted Chiang
  • Interview with Ellen Datlow by Gwenda Bond
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Diabolique

I am delighted to be featured on the Diabolique website, alongside my friends and fellow Undertow Publication authors, Georgina Bruce and Laura Mauro. We discuss writing, genre, influences, Cate Gardner, and politics.

You can read the entire thing at In the House of Wounds Fabulous Beasts Sing Their Sadness Deep…

The post was courtesy of Neil Snowdon, so my thanks to him for his kindness and support for our work. Neil Snowdon is the founder and Commissioning Editor of Electric Dreamhouse Press, Series Editor of the Midnight Movie Monograph line, and Editor of We Are The Martians: The Legacy Of Nigel Kneale. His writing has appeared in the pages of Video Watchdog, Rue Morgue, and Fear magazine, and online at The Digital Fix. He is currently at work editing Cine Fantome: The Electric Dreamhouse Book Of Imaginary Film, a new collection of film writing about films that don’t exist – but should – written as if they do, due for release later this year.

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Ormeshadow Winners

 

Thanks to everyone who entered and for the lovely messages. The winners are JJ Brown and Theresa Derwin x

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New Books Network Interview

Ormeshadow

My thanks to Gabrielle Mathieu who interviewed me about “Ormeshadow” as part of her regular slot for New Books Network.

You can listen to the whole thing here.

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Girl of Fire by Gabrielle Mathieu

Gabrielle Mathieu is the author of the historical fantasy Falcon series and the epic fantasy Berona’s Quest series, beginning with Girl of Fire (watch the trailer: http://bit.ly/2KFOQhb).  She blogs about travel and her books at http://gabriellemathieu.com/. You can also follow her on Twitter to get updates about new podcasts and more @GabrielleAuthor.

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A Year In Reading: 2019

Ormeshadow Giveaway

 

 

 

I have two copies of “Ormeshadow” to give away.

For a chance to win in add a comment to this post and you’ll be included on a draw on 31st January 2020.

I’ll post this anywhere in the world. I might even include some other random stuff.

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