I’m very excited about the release of my first novella, “Ormeshadow”, by Tor later this year. They’ve allowed Bookish to reveal the cover. Do you want a look?
“The Ballad of Boomtown” is now up in its entirety on the Nightmare website. This was originally published in Black Static magazine in 2012. Read it for free here.
Thanks to both John Joseph Adams of Nightmare and Andy Cox of TTA Press.
The entire issue of Nightmare is available to purchase for just $2.99, and an annual subscription is just $23.88/year.
It’s estimated that in 2011 there were 2,881 semi or unoccupied housing developments in Ireland.
There was a time when we put our faith in euros, shares and the sanctity of brick. A time when we bought our books from stores as big as barns and ate strawberries from Andalusia, when only a generation before, they’d been grown on farms up the road.
The wide avenues of Boomtown were named for trees when there was grand optimism for growth. Now nothing booms in Boomtown. It’s bust and broken.
I miss you. You were a lick of cream. I can still taste you.
-The Ballad of Boomtown
News From Nowhere is currently stocking a selection of titles from Undertow Publications. If you’re looking for a copy of one of the books pictured below, you can find them at this wonderful bookshop on Bold Street, Liverpool.
L-R: “This House of Wounds” by Georgina Bruce, “Singing With All My Skin and Bone” by Sunny Moraine, “All the Fabulous Beasts” by me, “Skein and Bone” by VH Leslie.
Issue 79 of Nightmare Magazine is now out and includes original fiction from Mari Ness (“The Girl and the House”) and Dennis E. Staples (“The One You Feed”), along with reprints by Stephen Gallagher (“Shepherd’s Business”) and myself (“The Ballad of Boomtown”). There’s also a regular column on horror, “The H Word,” plus author spotlights and a media review from Adam-Troy Castro.
The stories are made available to read online for free, week by week. If you can’t wait, the whole magazine is available to read now as an ebook. A subscription to this excellent magazine costs $23.88/year. (Purchase links here).
I thoroughly recommend Stephen Gallagher’s “Shepherd’s Business”, which I first read in “New Fears”, Mark Morris’ excellent horror anthology.
My story, “The Ballad of Boomtown”, was originally published in Black Static Issue 28 (2012).
Ormeshadow, my first novella, will be released by Tor on 15th October 2019.
This story has been a long time in its evolution and I’m grateful to Ellen Datlow for her steely gaze.
Acclaimed author Priya Sharma transports readers back in time with Ormeshadow, a coming-of-age story as dark and rich as good soil.
Burning with resentment and intrigue, this fantastical family drama invites readers to dig up the secrets of the Belman family, and wonder whether myths and legends are real enough to answer for a history of sin.
Uprooted from Bath by his father’s failures, Gideon Belman finds himself stranded on Ormeshadow farm, an ancient land of chalk and ash and shadow. His uncle’s land crests the Orme, a buried, sleeping dragon that dreams resentment, jealousy, estrangement, death. Or so the folklore says. Growing up in a house that hates him, Gideon finds his only comforts in the land. Gideon will live or die by the Orme, as all his family has.
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.
There 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.
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.