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Contemporary Gothic Reading Group 2023

The Manchester Centre for Gothic Studies runs a regular Contemporary Gothic Reading Group.

This year there will be four sessions, each online, ticketed, and free to attend.

I am very excited that my short story collection in one of the four books featured.

Tickets are available from eventbrite. The session should last approximately 90 minutes.

Our first session will take place on the 31st of May, when we will discuss Priya Sharma’s award-winning collection of short stories All the Fabulous Beasts (2018). This session will take on board the entire collection but will place special emphasis on ‘The Crow Palace’, ‘The Ballad of Boomtown’ and ‘Fabulous Beasts’. We are also delighted to announce that the author has agreed to join us for the last third of the discussion and will be happy to take questions from attendees.


These free sessions, which we run in the summer months, give us a chance to explore the prominent role of the Gothic in modern and contemporary culture. Come along for a relaxed conversation among enthusiasts and avid readers.


The session will be led by one of our postgraduate Gothic researchers and will take place online over Teams (the link will be made available after a ticket is booked). There is no need to prepare questions or reviews. Please just turn up on the day ready to chat about the book.


This reading group is open to everyone, but please note that regular attendees tend to be postgraduate researchers and members of staff. For this reason, the group might not suit total beginners.

From the eventbrite page

La Nave Invisible Interview

Thanks to Clara Jáuregui for interviewing me for her website La Nave Invisible, and to Sofia Barker for acting as our interpreter. This one is for Spanish speakers, following the release of my collection, ‘Todas las Bestias Fabulosas’ (the Spanish Language Version of ‘All the Fabulous Beasts’) by Pulpture Ediciones.

You can read the interview here.

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Todas Las Bestias Fabulosas Interview

I was delighted to be a guest on Noviembre Nocturno‘s podcast for the launch of the Spanish edition of “All The Fabulous Beasts”.

Chris Miguel and Laura Martín Rivera of publisher Pulpture Ediciones were there. Sofia Barker, who translated the book, acted as translator. Noviembre Nocturno’s lovely host was Alberto Martinez ( who is a screnwriter, narrator and sound editor).

My thanks to them all for their hard week in making the event work. You can listen here:


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Todas Las Bestias Fabulosas: Digital Launch

The Spanish edition of “All The Fabulous Beasts” has its digital launch on Saturday 26th June at 5pm in Spain (4pm UK time).

My thanks to Chris Miguel, editor at publisher Pulpture Ediciones, and to Sofia Barker who translated the book and will act an intepreter for me.

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Todas Las Bestias Fabulosas

“All the Fabulous Beasts” is out in Spain.

You can order it from Pulpture Ediciones.

My thanks to the team at Pulpture and translator Sofia Barker for working in this during a very difficult year xxx

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Spanish Translation of All The Fabulous Beasts

I am delighted that Pulpture Ediciones will soon release the Spanish edition of my collection, “All The Fabulous Beasts”, which was first published by Undertow Publications in 2018.

Pulpture Ediciones is a Madrid based independent publishing house run by Jorge Plana and Christina Miguel.

“All The Fabulous Beasts” was translated to Spanish by Sofia Barker.

Pulture Ediciones have previouly republished one of my short stories, “Fabulous Beasts”, in a mini-anthology called “Dos Pieles” (Two Skins).

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BBC Culture Article: The Most Overlooked Recent Novels

In Cameron Laux’s article for BBC Culture  eight acclaimed authors reveal their favourite hidden gems outside the literary canon.

Sometimes we need to nudge our reading off the beaten track – and this list aims to do that. All of the books here mess with, or transcend, the idea of genre in impressive ways – arguably to their cost, because if marketing departments can’t get a firm grip on them, they fall through the cracks of a book-selling system that often hinges on pigeon-holing. These titles are idiosyncratic – and, it could be said, underrated – and their authors have each picked a book or two that they regard as overlooked masterpieces. It’s time to find some hidden gems beyond the literary canon. – Cameron Laux

Laux’s writers include Jeff VanderMeer, Esi Edugyan, Max Porter, Helen DeWitt, Brian Catling, Marlon James , Steven Erikson, and Tade Thompson. I am thrilled that “All the Fabulous Beasts” has been recommended by Tade, author of “The Murders of Molly Southbourne” and the Arthur C. Clarke Award winning “Rosewater”.

Buy Tade Thompson’s work from Amazon UK, Amazon US, and Waterstones.

Buy “All the Fabulous Beasts” direct from Undertow Publications. Also available from Amazon UK, Amazon US, and Waterstones.




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Dos Pieles and Other News

I am superexcited to be included be in Two Skins (Dos Pieles), a collection curated and tranlsated by Sofia Barker for Spanish publisher, Pulpture Ediciones. Their aim is to champion women speculative fiction writers and this anthology that includes two short stories and two novelettes, all loosely connected around the theme of shapeshifters and monstrosity.

Me emociona muchísimo formar parte de «Dos Pieles», una colección seleccionada y traducida por Sofía Barker para la editorial española Pulpture Ediciones. Su objetivo es impulsar el trabajo de las escritoras de ficción especulativa y esta antología incluye dos historias cortas y dos novelettes, todas conectadas en líneas generales por el tema de las cambiaformas y la monstruosidad.

Unboxing by editor and hand model Cris Miguel/ Unboxing por la editora y modelo de manos Cris Miguel.


Recoveries by Susan Palwick
Chesirah by LD Lewis
The Pull of the Heard by Suzan Palumbo
Fabulous Beasts by Priya Sharma

“Fabulous Beasts” originally appeared on Tor.com and was edited by Ellen Datlow.

“Bestias Fabulosas” apareció orginalmente en Tor.com, editado por Ellen Datlow.

The first book of this series is Water in the Lungs (Agua en los Pulmones) and includes work by Lucy Taylor, Kelly Robson and Ruthanna Emrys.

El primer libro de esta serie es Agua en los Pulmones, que incluye textos escritos por Lucy Taylor, Kelly Robson y Ruthanna Emrys.

Pulpture Ediciones is the  brainchild of Jorge Plana and Cris Miguel. Based in Madrid, it specialises in bringing SFF to Spain.

Pulpture Ediciones es la creación de Jorge Plana y Cris Miguel. Con base en Madrid, está especializada en traer literatura fantástica a España.

Mark and I were fortunate enough to travel to Madrid last year and meet the team who were a very fabulous bunch. They are currently working on a Spanish translation of “All the Fabulous Beasts”, my collection released in 2017 by Undertow Publications (edited by Michael Kelly). I owe them all huge thanks for their hard work and hospitality.

Mark y yo tuvimos la fortuna de viajar a Madrid el año pasado y conocer al equipo, un grupo estupendo. En este momento están trabajando en la traducción al español de «All the Fabulous Beasts» (Todas Las Bestias Fabulosas), la colección que publicó en 2017 Undertow Publications (editado por Michael Kelly) . Les doy las gracias por su trabajo y su amabilidad.

L-R: Miguel Garrido de Vega, Mark Greenwood, Alberto Berhon Garcia, Sofia Barker, me, Jorge Plana




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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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