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Jonathan Strahan’s Roundup of 2018 for Locus

Priya Sharma

Thanks to Jonathan Strahan for mentioning “All the Fabulous Beasts” in his summary for 2018 : These are the days of miracle and wonder, don’t cry baby, don’t cry; or (mostly) short fiction that I read in 2018. I’m honoured by be included!


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Locus Review by Gary K. Wolfe

A big thanks to Gary K. Wolfe for reviewing “All the Fabulous Beasts” for the December 2018 issue of Locus magazine.

…Sharma shows herself to be a master in the old art of placing entirely believable, pained, and conflicted characters into versions of the myths that help define their lives. It’s what those myths are for in the first place, isn’t it?

– Gary K. Wolfe

Review the full review.

I’m also very grateful to be mentioned in A Year of Looking Backward, his summary of 2018.


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2018 Locus Recommended Reading List

Locus Recommended Reading List 2018

I am absolutely delighted to be included on the 2018 Locus Recommended Reading List in the following categories-

Collections for “All the Fabulous Beasts”

Novelettes for “A Son of the Sea” (which appeared in “All the Fabulous Beasts”

Huge thanks to the editors and reviewers who recommended my work and, as always, thanks to Mike Kelly from Undertow Publications who published the book.

You can vote on your favourites for the year in the 2019 Poll & Survey, live soon, and help decide the winners of the Locus Awards. The awards are open to all to vote on.

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2018 Bram Stoker Awards preliminary ballot

The Horror Writers Association have announced the Preliminary Ballot for the 2018 Bram Stoker Awards®. I am absolutely thrilled to be included in the Fiction Collection Category with “All the Fabulous Beasts”, alongside writers whose work I admire.

Congratulations to everyone on the list.

Votes will be cast on the preliminary ballot and a nominee shortlist announced in February 2019. The winners will be announced in May at StokerCon2019 in Michigan.

Superior Achievement in a Novel
del Toro, Guillermo and Kraus, Daniel – The Shape of Water (Feiwel & Friends)
Di Orazio, Paolo – Dark Mary (Independent Legions Publishing)
Katsu, Alma – The Hunger (G.P. Putnam’s Sons)
King, Stephen – The Outsider (Scribner)
Maberry, Jonathan – Glimpse (St. Martin’s Press)
Malerman, Josh – Unbury Carol (Del Rey)
Manzetti, Alessandro – Naraka (Independent Legions Publishing)
Oates, Joyce Carol – Hazards of Time Travel (Ecco)
Reid, Iain – Foe (Gallery/Scout Press)
Saadawi, Ahmed – Frankenstein in Baghdad: A Novel (Penguin Books)
Stoker, Dacre and Barker, J.D. – Dracul (G.P. Putnam’s Sons)
Tremblay, Paul – The Cabin at the End of the World (William Morrow)
Superior Achievement in a First Novel
Barsa, Michael – The Garden of Blue Roses (Underland Press)
Fine, Julia – What Should Be Wild (Harper)
Gordon, Jerry – Breaking the World (Apex Book Company)
Grau, T.E. – I Am the River (Lethe Press)
Kiste, Gwendolyn – The Rust Maidens (Trepidatio Publishing)
Lieske, Ryan – Fiction (Burning Willow Press, LLC)
Lye, Harriet Alida – The Honey Farm: A Novel (Liveright)
Setchfield, Nick – The War in the Dark (Titan Books)
Sorensen, Chris – The Nightmare Room (Harmful Monkey Press)
Stage, Zoje – Baby Teeth (St. Martin’s Press)
Tremblay, Tony – The Moore House (Twisted Publishing)
Superior Achievement in a Young Adult Novel
Alameda, Courtney – Pitch Dark (Feiwel & Friends)
Ernshaw, Shea – The Wicked Deep (Simon Pulse-Simon & Schuster)
Heidicker, Christian McKay – Attack of the 50 Foot Wallflower (Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers)
Ireland, Justina – Dread Nation (Balzer + Bray)
Kane, Dani – Wormholes: Book One of Axles and Allies (Barking Deer Press)
Legrand, Claire – Sawkill Girls (Katherine Tegen Books)
Maberry, Jonathan – Broken Lands (Simon & Schuster)
Snyman, Monique – The Night Weaver (Gigi Publishing)
Watson, Mary – The Wren Hunt (Bloomsbury Publishing)
White, Kiersten – The Dark Descent of Elizabeth Frankenstein (Delacorte Press)
Superior Achievement in a Graphic Novel
Ahmed, Saladin – Abbott (BOOM! Studios)
Antone, Alex and Wielgosz, Dave James – Cursed Comics Cavalcade (DC Comics)
Azzarello, Brian – Moonshine Vol. 2: Misery Train (Image Comics)
Bellaire, Jordie – Redlands Volume 1: Sisters by Blood (Image Comics)
Bunn, Cullen – Bone Parish (BOOM! Studios)
Hammond, Warren and Viola, Joshua – Denver Moon: Metamorphosis (Hex Publishers LLC)
LaValle, Victor – Victor LaValle’s Destroyer (BOOM! Studios)
Lemire, Jeff – Gideon Falls Volume 1: The Black Barn (Image Comics)
Liu, Marjorie – Monstress Volume 3: Haven (Image Comics)
Pichetshote, Pornsak – Infidel (Image Comics)
Superior Achievement in Long Fiction
Bailey, Michael – Our Children, Our Teachers (Written Backwards)
Feldman, Stephanie – The Barrens (The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction, May/June 2018)
Fracassi, Philip – Shiloh (Lovecraft eZine Press)
Hill, Joe – You Are Released (Flight or Fright: 17 Turbulent Tales) (Scribner)
Kelley, Brent Michael – Cruce Roosters (Omnium Gatherum)
Kurtz, Ed – Black’s Red Gold (At the Mercy of Beasts) (JournalStone)
Malik, Usman T. – Dead Lovers on Each Blade, Hung (Nightmare Magazine Issue #74)
Mason, Rena – The Devil’s Throat (Hellhole: An Anthology of Subterranean Terror) (Adrenaline Press)
Matthews, Mark – Body of Christ (Wicked Run Press)
Smith, Angela Yuriko – Bitter Suites (Createspace)
Sullivan, Todd – Shape Shifting Priestess of the 1,000 Year War (Schlock! Horror!) (HellBound Books Publishing LLC)
Superior Achievement in Short Fiction
Deady, Tom – “All Summers End” (Unnerving Magazine, Issue #8) (Unnerving)
Eldridge, Tori – “Life After Breath”(Running Wild Anthology of Stories Volume 2) (Running Wild Press)
English, Kary – “Cold, Silent, and Dark” (Undercurrents: An Anthology of What Lies Beneath) (WordFire Press)
Fawver, Kurt – “The Gods in Their Seats, Unblinking” (Vastarien: A Literary Journal Issue 1, Vol. 1) (Grimscribe Press)
Herrman, Heather – “The Woman in the Blue Dress” (Dark Screams: Volume Ten) (Hydra)
Landry, Jess – “Mutter” (Fantastic Tales of Terror) (Crystal Lake Publishing)
Murray, Lee – “Dead End Town”(Cthulhu Deep Down Under Volume 2) (IFWG Publishing International)
Neugebauer, Annie – “Glove Box” (The Dark City Crime & Mystery Magazine Volume 3, Issue 4-July 2018)
Power, Kit – “Fish Hooks” (New Fears 2) (Titan Books)
Robertson, Andrew – “Her Royal Counsel”(Alice Unbound: Beyond Wonderland) (Exile Editions)
Taff, John F.D. – “A Winter’s Tale” (Little Black Spots) (Grey Matter Press)
Ward, Kyla Lee – “And in Her Eyes the City Drowned” (Weirdbook #39) (Wildside Press)
Superior Achievement in a Fiction Collection
Carmen, Christa – Something Borrowed, Something Blood-Soaked (Unnerving)
Files, Gemma – Spectral Evidence (Trepidatio Publishing)
Guignard, Eric J. – That Which Grows Wild (Cemetery Dance Publications)
Iglesias, Gabino – Coyote Songs (Broken River Books)
Niveau, Thana – Octoberland (PS Publishing Ltd)
O’Neill, Gene – Frozen Shadows: And Other Chilling Stories (Crystal Lake Publishing)
Sharma, Priya – All the Fabulous Beasts (Undertow Publications)
Smith, John Claude – Occasional Beasts: Tales (Omnium Gatherum)
Snyder, Lucy A. – Garden of Eldritch Delights (Raw Dog Screaming Press)
Taff, John F.D. – Little Black Spots (Grey Matter Press)
Waggoner, Tim – Dark and Distant Voices: A Story Collection (Nightscape Press)
Superior Achievement in a Screenplay
Aster, Ari – Hereditary (PalmStar Media)
Averill, Meredith – The Haunting of Hill House: The Bent-Neck Lady, Episode 01:05 (Amblin Television, FlanaganFilm, Paramount Television)
Averill, Meredith – The Haunting of Hill House: Screaming Meemies, Episode 01:09 (Amblin Television, FlanaganFilm, Paramount Television)
Cosmatos, Panos and Stewart-Ahn, Aaron – Mandy (SpectreVision)
Dyson, Jeremy and Nyman, Andy – Ghost Stories (Warp Films, Altitude Film Entertainment, Catalyst Global Media in association with Lionsgate)
Fradley, Jeff, McBride, Danny and Green, David Gordon – Halloween (Blumhouse Productions, Miramax, Night Blade Holdings, Rough House Pictures, Trancas International Films, Universal Pictures)
Garland, Alex – Annihilation (DNA Films, Paramount Pictures, Scott Rudin Productions, Skydance Media)
Heisserer, Eric – Bird Box (Bluegrass Films, Chris Morgan Productions, Universal Pictures)
Ray, Billy and Smith, Mark L. – Overlord (Bad Robot, Paramount Pictures)
Woods, Bryan, Beck, Scott, and Krasinski, John – A Quiet Place (Platinum Dunes, Sunday Night)
Superior Achievement in an Anthology
Chambers, James, Grey, April, and Masterson, Robert – A New York State of Fright: Horror Stories from the Empire State (Hippocampus Press)
Datlow, Ellen – The Devil and the Deep: Horror Stories of the Sea (Night Shade Books)
Dewar, Simon – Suspended in Dusk II (Grey Matter Press)
Guignard, Eric J. – A World of Horror (Dark Moon Books)
Murano, Doug – Welcome to the Show (Crystal Lake Publishing)
Murray, Lee – Hellhole: An Anthology of Subterranean Terror (Adrenaline Press)
Neal, David T. and Scott, Christine M. – The Fiends in the Furrows: An Anthology of Folk Horror (Nosetouch Press)
O’Regan, Marie – Phantoms: Haunting Tales from Masters of the Genre (Titan Books)
Ward, D. Alexander – Lost Highways: Dark Fictions from the Road (Crystal Lake Publishing)
Worthen, Lyn – Quoth the Raven (Camden Park Press)
Superior Achievement in Non-Fiction
Connolly, John – Horror Express (PS Publishing)
Cutchins, Dennis R. and Perry, Dennis R. – Adapting Frankenstein: The Monster’s Eternal Lives in Popular Culture (Manchester University Press)
Gambin, Lee – The Howling: Studies in the Horror Film (Centipede Press)
Hopton, Sarah Beth – Woman at the Devil’s Door: The Untold True Story of the Hampstead Murderess (Red Lightning Books)
Ingham, Howard David – We Don’t Go Back: A Watcher’s Guide to Folk Horror (Room 207 Press)
Jones, Darryl – Sleeping with the Lights On: The Unsettling Story of Horror (Oxford University Press)
Mynhardt, Joe and Johnson, Eugene – It’s Alive: Bringing Your Nightmares to Life (Crystal Lake Publishing)
Phillips, Kendall R. – A Place of Darkness: The Rhetoric of Horror in Early American Cinema (University of Texas Press)
Poole, W. Scott – Wasteland: The Great Ward and the Origins of Modern Horror (Counterpoint)
Wetmore Jr., Kevin J. – Uncovering Stranger Things: Essays on Eighties Nostalgia, Cynicism and Innocence in the Series (McFarland)
Superior Achievement in a Poetry Collection
Boston, Bruce – Artifacts (Independent Legions Publishing)
Clark, G.O. – The Comfort of Screams (Alban Lake Publishing)
Cowen, David E. – Bleeding Saffron (Weasel Press)
Fletcher, Joe – The Hatch (Brooklyn Arts Press)
Lynch, Donna – Witches (Raw Dog Screaming Press)
Shepard, Oliver – Thirteen Nocturnes (Ikonograph Press)
Simon, Marge and Manzetti, Alessandro – War (Crystal Lake Publishing)
Tantlinger, Sara – The Devil’s Dreamland (Strangehouse Books)
West, Jacqueline – Candle and Pins: Poems on Superstitions (Alban Lake Publishing)
Wren, Twyla – Gwendolyn Witch and Other Macabria (Independently Published)


Best of the Year for Vector by Dev Agarwal

A huge thanks to Dev Agarwal for including “All the Fabulous Beasts” in his round-up of 2018 for Vector. I am thrilled to be included in a list of writers that includes Aliette de Boddard, Rosanne Rabinowitz, Tim Major, Charles Stross, Christopher Priest, Penny Jones and Georgina Bruce.

Vector is the critical journal of the British Science Fiction Association, publishing articles and features on genre fiction across the world, with some focus on UK science fiction. Vector publishes two to three issues per year.

Read the full article here.



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The British Invasion at Undertow Publications

Mike Kelly of Undertow Publications has gone crazy for New Year with a sale.

We are busy working on our 2019 releases, but thought we’d kick-off the new year with a sale from our back catalogue–specifically from our U.K.-based scribes. We’re offering the following five books in Trade paperback editions in a bundle and combination offer:

“All the Fabulous Beasts,” by Priya Sharma
“Skein and Bone,” by V.H. Leslie
“Almost Insentient, Almost Divine,” by DP Watt
“The Dream Operator,” by Mike O’Driscoll
“I Will Surround You,” by Conrad Williams

You can choose any combination of books you like.

Any 5 for $60.
Any 4 for $50.
Any 3 for $40.
Any 2 for $30.

Prices include shipping. Simply remit payment via PayPal (in U.S. funds) to:
undertowbooks@gmail.com. Be sure to indicate the books you want, and also a mailing address.

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All the Fabulous Beasts review at Storgy

Thanks to Matt Brandenburg and the team at Storgy for reviewing my collection.

All The Fabulous Beastsis a hauntingly beautiful exploration of the depths of love, loss, and relationships. Priya Sharma’s first collection of short stories offers up tales of cursed lovers, hags, mermaids, snake people, bird people, plant people, and killers. These stories show the true mastery Sharma has over fiction and delivers a gut punch of emotion that’ll stay with you long after you finish.

Priya SharmaRead the full review here.

Matt Brandenburg on Twitter.

STORGY was founded in 2013 by Tomek Dzido and Anthony Self as a means by which to explore the short story form and engage with readers and artists alike. An online literary short story magazine consisting of a core group of dedicated writers, STORGY aims to inspire artistic collaboration and provide opportunities for creative minds to meet.

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Locus Review by Paula Guran

Paula Guran’s review of my collection, “All the Fabulous Beasts”, is now up on the Locus website.

Read the whole thing here.

Despite frequent appearances in “year’s best” compilations and on Locus Rec­ommended Reading Lists, as well as a British Fantasy Award for Short Fiction, Priya Sharma may not yet have come to your attention. This award-worthy debut collection from Sharma, a practicing medical doctor in England, could change that. Sharma’s stories often feature families or the sea, but range widely in era, tone, locale, and dramatis personae. Two original and 13 reprint stories – all but one published in the last eight years – go a long way in showing why readers should take note of this true storyteller who invariably writes from her heart.

-Paula Guran

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Best of the Year for Vector by Nina Allan

I am absolutely delighted to get an honourable for “All the Fabulous Beasts” in Nina Allan’s round-up for Best of the Year in her blog post for Vector. Her list includes amazing writers like Simon Ings, Tade Thompson, Jac Jemc, Catriona Ward and Marian Womack.


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

Nina Allan’s Best of 2018


Nina Allan’s Honouble Mentions 2018

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Locus Review by John Langan

John Langan’s review of my collection, All the Fabulous Beasts, and At the Mercy of Beasts by Ed Kurtz is now up on the Locus website.

Read the full thing here.

Priya Sharma’s stories are indeed fabulous beasts, chimeras composed of the fantastic and deeply human, bound together by sinewy sentences, their strange hearts richly alive. The chorus of their animal mouths announces the arrival of a major voice.

John Langan


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