Ormeshadow Review at The Fantasy Hive


A lush, well-written and heart-breaking story, Ormeshadow is a must-read.  -Shona Kinsella, The Fantasy Hive

Read full article  here.

My thanks to Shona and The Fantasy Hive for reviewing this.

Pre-order:  Amazon.co.uk /Amazon.com


Coming Soon

I am VERY happy to included in the wonderfully titled “The Porcupine Boy  & Other Anthological Oddities”, edited by Christopher Jones, which is out soon from Crossroad Press. The cool cover is by Natasha Alterici (cover art) and Deena Warner (cover design).
Table of Contents
Introduction by Catherine Grant
Outside by Gary McMahon
Feral by Priya Sharma
The Coldness of His Eye by Brian Evenson
The Porcupine Boy by Lucy A. Snyder
300 Down By Keith Minnion
The Dark Windmill by Janet Joyce Holden
It’s in the CardsBy Elizabeth Massie
Roadkill by Meryl Stenhouse
The Bone Arena by Jeffrey Thomas
…and Puppy Dog Tails by PD Cacek
The Exclusivity of Ravens by David Nickle
Thank You For Not Ignoring Me by Violet LeVoit
Jacqueline Laughs Last in the Gaslight by Paula Ashe
Adrenaline Junkies by Ray Cluley
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Toni Morrison

Toni Morrison: 18th February 1931- 5th August 2019



typicalbooks #54


Thanks to Lydia Peever, horror author and journalist from Ontario, Canada, for reviewing my collection on typicalbooks, her YouTube channel.

Lydia’s short stories have appeared in Postscripts To Darkness, Dark Moon Digest, For When The Veil Drops, Memento Mori, her small collection, Pray Lied Eve and it’s sequel Pray Lied Eve 2. The follow up to her first novel Nightface has also been written.


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British Fantasy Awards 2019 Shortlist

I am thrilled to be both in the short story and Best Collection category alongside writers whose work I read and admire but I am MORE thrilled to see so many friends and people I know from British Fantasy Con in the shortlist.

The winners will be announced at the annual British Fantasy Awards Banquet and Ceremony, this year to be held on Sunday 20th October, at FantasyCon in the Golden Jubilee Convention Centre, Glasgow.

And WOW, I don’t envy the jury of the Best Horror Novel category!
Best Fantasy Novel (the Robert Holdstock Award)
Jurors: Sarah Carter, Shona Kinsella, Devin Martin, Pauline Morgan, Andrew White

  • The Bitter Twins, by Jen Williams (Headline)
  • Empire of Sand, by Tasha Suri (Orbit)
  • Foundryside, by Robert Jackson Bennett (Jo Fletcher Books)
  • The Green Man’s Heir, by Juliet E McKenna (Wizard’s Tower Press)
  • The Loosening Skin, by Aliya Whiteley (Unsung Stories)
  • Priest of Bones, by Peter McLean (Jo Fletcher Books)

Best Horror Novel (the August Derleth Award)
Jurors: Charlotte Bond, Emeline Morin, Gareth Spark, Mark West, Zoe Wible

  • The Cabin at the End of the World, by Paul Tremblay (Titan Books)
  • Little Eve, by Catriona Ward (W&N)
  • The Way of the Worm, by Ramsey Campbell (PS Publishing)
  • Wolf’s Hill, by Simon Bestwick (Snowbooks)

Best Newcomer (the Sydney J Bounds Award)
Jurors: Colleen Anderson, Rosie Claverton, Lee Fletcher, D Franklin, Peter Sutton

  • Tomi Adeyemi, for The Children of Blood and Bone (Macmillan Children’s Books)
  • Cameron Johnston, for The Traitor God (Angry Robot)
  • RF Kuang, for The Poppy War (HarperVoyager)
  • Tasha Suri, for Empire of Sand (Orbit)
  • Marian Womack, for Lost Objects (Luna Press Publishing)
  • Micah Yongo, for Lost Gods (Angry Robot)

Best Novella
Jurors: Ruth EJ Booth, Elloise Hopkins, Stewart Hotston, Steve Howarth, Laura Mauro

  • Binti: The Night Masquerade, by Nnedi Okorafor (Tor.com)
  • Breakwater, by Simon Bestwick (Tor Books)
  • The Land of Somewhere Safe, by Hal Duncan (NewCon Press)
  • The Last Temptation of Dr Valentine, by John Llewellyn Probert (Black Shuck Books)
  • The Only Harmless Great Thing, by Brooke Bolander (Tor.com)
    The Tea Master and the Detective, by Aliette de Bodard (Subterranean Press)

Best Short Fiction
Jurors: Donna Bond, Amy Brennan, Andrew Hook, Richard Webb, Mairi White

  • Down Where Sound Comes Blunt, by GV Anderson (F&SFMarch/April 2018)
  • Her Blood the Apples, Her Bones the Trees, by Georgina Bruce (The Silent Garden: A Journal of Esoteric Fabulism)
  • In the Gallery of Silent Screams, by Carole Johnstone & Chris Kelso (Black Static #65)
  • A Son of the Sea, by Priya Sharma (All the Fabulous Beasts)
  • Telling Stories, by Ruth EJ Booth (The Dark #43)
  • Thumbsucker, by Robert Shearman (New Fears 2)

Best Anthology
Jurors: Roz Clarke, Ian Hunter, Susan Oke, Steve J Shaw, Joni Walker

  • The Devil and the Deep: Horror Stories of the Sea, ed. Ellen Datlow (Night Shade Books)
  • Humanagerie, ed. Sarah Doyle & Allen Ashley (Eibonvale Press)
  • New Fears 2, ed. Mark Morris (Titan Books)
  • This Dreaming Isle, ed. Dan Coxon (Unsung Stories)
  • Year’s Best Weird Fiction, Vol. 5, ed. Robert Shearman & Michael Kelly (Undertow Publications)

Best Collection
Jurors: Ben Appleby-Dean, Amy Chevis-Bruce, Marc Gascoigne, Laura Newsholme, Chloë Yates

  • All the Fabulous Beasts, by Priya Sharma (Undertow Publications)
  • The Future is Blue, by Catherynne M Valente (Subterranean Press)
  • How Long ‘til Black Future Month?, by NK Jemisin (Orbit)
  • Lost Objects, by Marian Womack (Luna Press Publishing)
  • Octoberland, by Thana Niveau (PS Publishing)
  • Resonance & Revolt, by Rosanne Rabinowitz (Eibonvale Press)

Best Non-Fiction
Jurors: Laura Carroll, Megan Graieg, Katherine Inskip, Kev McVeigh, Graeme K Talboys

  • The Evolution of African Fantasy and Science Fiction, ed. Francesca T Barbini (Luna Press Publishing)
  • The Full Lid, by Alasdair Stuart (alasdairstuart.com/the-full-lid)
  • Ginger Nuts of Horror (www.gingernutsofhorror.com)
  • Les Vampires, by Tim Major (PS Publishing)
  • Noises and Sparks, by Ruth EJ Booth (Shoreline of Infinity)

Best Independent Press
Jurors: Helen Armfield, Andrew Freudenberg, Daniel Godfrey, Elaine Hillson, Georgina Kamsika

  • Fox Spirit Books
  • Luna Press Publishing
  • NewCon Press
  • Unsung Stories

Best Magazine / Periodical
Jurors: Jenny Barber, Peter Blanchard, Theresa Derwin, James T Harding, Rym Kechacha

  • Black Static
  • Gingernuts of Horror
  • Interzone
  • Shoreline of Infinity
  • Uncanny Magazine

Best Audio
Jurors: Alicia Fitton, Thomas Moules, Susie Pritchard-Casey, Abigail Shaw, Neil Williamson

  • Bedtime Stories for the End of the World (endoftheworldpodcast.com)
  • Blood on Satan’s Claw, by Mark Morris (Bafflegab)
  • Breaking the Glass Slipper (www.breakingtheglassslipper.com)
  • PodCastle (podcastle.org)
  • PseudoPod (pseudopod.org)

Best Comic / Graphic Novel
Jurors: Kate Barton, Emily Hayes, Steven Poore, Alasdair Stuart, Kiwi Tokoeka

  • 100 Demon Dialogues, by Lucy Bellwood (Toonhound Studios)
  • B.P.R.D. Hell on Earth, Vol. 1, by Mike Mignola, John Arcudi, Guy Davis, Tyler Crook & Dave Stewart (Dark Horse)
  • Hellboy: The Complete Short Stories, Vol. 1, by Mike Mignola and others (Dark Horse)
  • The Prisoner, by Robert S Malan & John Cockshaw (Luna Press Publishing)
  • Saga #49-54, by Brian K Vaughan & Fiona Staples (Image Comics)
  • Widdershins, Vol. 7, by Kate Ashwin

Best Artist
Jurors: Astra Crompton, Alexandra Gushurst-Moore, Kaia Lichtarska, Catherine Sullivan, Paul Yates

  • Vince Haig
  • David Rix
  • Daniele Serra
  • Sophie E Tallis

Best Film / Television Production
Jurors: Rebecca Davis, Pat Hawkes-Reed, Rachelle Hunt, Robert S Malan, Sammy Smith

  • Annihilation, Alex Garland
  • Avengers: Infinity War, Christopher Markus & Stephen McFeely
  • Black Panther, Ryan Coogler & Joe Robert Cole
  • The Haunting of Hill House, Mike Flanagan
  • Inside No. 9, series 4, Steve Pemberton & Reece Shearsmith
  • Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse, Phil Lord & Rodney Rothman
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2018 Shirley Jackson Awards

My huge congratulations to ALL the winners and nominees of the 2018 Shirley Jackson Awards. The awards — for outstanding achievement in horror, psychological suspense, and dark fantasy fiction — were presented on 14th July 2019 at Readercon 30 Quincy MA, USA.

I feel very honoured to have been listed alongside Gemma Files, Michael Griffin, Lucy A. Snyder, and Sean O’Brien in the Single Author Short fiction Collection group. And I also can’t believe that I’ve won. Is this real? Will someone announce they’ve made a mistake?? (If so it’s too late, you can’t take it back).


WINNER: Little Eve, Catriona Ward (Weidenfeld & Nicolson)

In the Night Wood, Dale Bailey (John Joseph Adams)
Social Creature, Tara Isabella Burton (Double Day)
We Sold Our Souls, Grady Hendrix (Quirk)
Everything Under, Daisy Johnson (Jonathan Cape)


WINNER: The Taiga Syndrome, Cristina Rivera Garza (Dorothy)

The Only Harmless Great Thing, Brooke Bolander (Tor.com Publishing)
The Sea Dreams It Is the Sky, John Hornor Jacobs (HarperCollins)
Judderman, D.A. Northwood (Dead Ink)
The Atrocities, Jeremy C. Shipp (Tor.com Publishing)


WINNER: Help the Witch, Tom Cox (Unbound)

“Adriftica”, Maria Dahvana Headley (Robots vs Fairies)
“The Black Sea”, Chris Mason (Beneath the Waves: Tales from the Deep)
Ghostographs: An Album, Maria Romasco Moore (Rose Metal)
“Blood and Smoke, Vinegar and Ashes”, D.P. Watt (The Silent Garden)

Short Fiction

WINNER: “The Astronaut”, Christina Wood Martinez (Granta Winter ’18)

“Hell”, David Hansen (Fairy Tale Review 3/18)
“Back Seat”, Bracken MacLeod (Lost Highways)
“The Woman Dies”, Aoko Matsuda (Granta Summer ’18)
“How to be a Horror Writer”, Tim Waggoner (Vastarien Summer ’18)

Single-Author Collection

WINNER: All the Fabulous Beasts, Priya Sharma (Undertow)

Drawn Up from Deep Places, Gemma Files (Trepidatio)
The Human Alchemy, Michael Griffin (Word Horde)
Quartier Perdu, Sean O’Brien (Comma)
Garden of Eldritch Delights, Lucy A. Snyder (Raw Dog Screaming)

Edited Anthology

WINNER: Robots vs Fairies, Dominik Parisien & Navah Wolfe, eds. (Saga)
Chiral Mad 4: An Anthology of Collaborations, Michael Bailey & Lucy A. Snyder, eds. (Written Backwards)
This Dreaming Isle, Dan Coxon, ed. (Unsung Stories)
Tiny Crimes: Very Short Tales of Mystery and Murder, Lincoln Michel & Nadxieli Nieto, eds. (Black Balloon)
The Silent Garden: A Journal of Esoteric Fabulism, The Silent Garden Collective, ed. (Undertow)

Thank you to all  the WONDERFUL people in the writing community who have sent messages

This was my speech:

My huge thanks to everyone at the Shirley Jackson Awards- the Board of Directors, the Members of the Advisory Board, and the Jurors, for this tremendous honour.
I owe a massive thanks to Undertow Publications- to Mike Kelly for his encouragement and editor’s eye, and to Carolyn McDonnell-Kelly and Courtney Kelly. Also to Jeffrey Alan Love and C7 – Shiina for the use of their beautiful artwork and the multi-talented Vince Haig for his cover design.
I’m still amazed that I’ve had the chance to work with the tremendous Ellen Datlow, who has been a huge part of my life as a reader as well as a writer. Thank you so much, Ellen. Thanks also to the warm and wise Paula Guran. I am grateful to the publications who have supported my work, such as TTA Press, Albedo One, Nightmare, The Dark and Tor.com.
Thanks to my parents and brother, who filled my life with stories. And to my partner, Mark Greenwood, who is first, last and always.
Finally, thank you to the genre writing community, who never fail to astonish me with their generosity and kindness. You are all fabulous beasts.


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The Beautiful Observations of Elena Limkina

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Elena LimkinaElena Limkina is a freelance artist specialising in printmaking and watercolor illustrations: botanical illustrations, jewelry illustrations and sometimes scientific illustrations. She has been painting since childhood. She’s studying medical engineering, but also creates patterns, illustration and artwork for brands, interior design, and for magazines.




Ormeshadow review by Publishers Weekly

Ormeshadow by Priya Sharma

This short, sharp tale is often wrenching and worth savoring.

-Publishers Weekly.

Read full review.

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Locus Award Winners

The Locus Science Fiction Foundation announced the winners of the 2019 Locus Awards during the Locus Awards Weekend in Seattle WA, June 29, 2019. My HUGE congratulations to the winners! I feel very privileged to have made it to the shortlist longside some amazing pieces of work.

SCIENCE FICTION NOVEL: The Calculating Stars, Mary Robinette Kowal (Tor)

FANTASY NOVEL: Spinning Silver, Naomi Novik (Del Rey; Macmillan)

HORROR NOVEL: The Cabin at the End of the World, Paul Tremblay (Morrow; Titan UK)

YA NOVEL: Dread Nation, Justina Ireland (Balzer + Bray)

FIRST NOVEL: Trail of Lightning, Rebecca Roanhorse (Saga)

NOVELLA: Artificial Condition, Martha Wells (Tor.com Publishing)

NOVELETTE: The Only Harmless Great Thing, Brooke Bolander (Tor.com Publishing)

SHORT STORY: “The Secret Lives of the Nine Negro Teeth of George Washington“, Phenderson Djèlí Clark (Fireside 2/18)

ANTHOLOGY: The Book of Magic, Gardner Dozois, ed. (Bantam; Harper Voyager UK)

COLLECTION: How Long ’til Black Future Month?, N.K. Jemisin (Orbit US; Orbit UK)



EDITOR: Gardner Dozois

ARTIST: Charles Vess

NON-FICTION: Ursula K. Le Guin: Conversations on Writing, Ursula K. Le Guin & David Naimon (Tin House)

ART BOOK: Charles Vess, The Books of Earthsea: The Complete Illustrated Edition, Ursula K. Le Guin (Saga)


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Ormeshadow ARC

I can’t quite believe this is a real book.

Ellen Datlow and Ormeshadow (Advanced Review Copy)

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