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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.

Contents/Índice:

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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Fabulous Beasts in Cross Stitch

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I went out in the rain to collect a parcel from the Post Office depot this morning. It contained an unexpected gift from fellow writer and friend Penny Jones. It’s a quote from “Fabulous Beasts”.

Thank you, Penny Jones. My eyeliner is all over my face now, but not because of the rain.

 

 

 

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Hellnotes Interview

All the Fabulous Beasts

Thanks to Gordon B. White, who has interviewed me as part of his Deep Cuts series for Hellnotes. His thoughtful questions focus on “Fabulous Beasts”. (N.B. Contains spoilers).

https://hellnotes.com/an-interview-with-priya-sharma-author-of-fabulous-beasts/

 

 

 

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What We Inherited: A series of interviews by Alyx Dellamonica

Alyx Dellamonica is well established as an author with novels such as Indigo Springs. Her heiresses-of-russ-2016short fiction can be found in quality venues like Beneath Ceaseless Skies and on Tor.com.

This year marks her debut as an editor, with the Lethe Press anthology Heiresses of Russ 2016which she co-edited with Steve Berman. The  table of contents announcement is here.

Alyx has asked some of the contributors if they’d be interested in talking a little about the ideas behind their stories and about the idea of lesbian-themed genre fiction in a series of interviews called What We Inherited.

So far we’ve had A.C. Wise, Claire Humphrey, and Bo Balder.

I was tremendously pleased to be included in  the anthology with Fabulous Beasts and today it’s my turn- my answers to Alyx’s questions can be read here.

 

 

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The Asian Writer

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Many thanks to Farhana Shaikh, editor of The Asian Writer for featuring me on their website with a short interview about the British Fantasy Awards and a piece called Genre fiction: Is it time to challenge our literary snobbery?

“The Asian Writer is the voice of British Asian writing and is for readers and writers interested in South Asian literature. It is both the online magazine and monthly newsletter and offers new and emerging writers a platform to showcase their fiction.

The Asian Writer offers readers an eclectic approach to South Asian writing through profile interviews, Q&A’s, and reviews. It features the latest news, original comment and thoughts on contemporary South Asian literature and publishing as well as practical advice and inspiration.”

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Heiresses of Russ 2016: The Year’s Best Lesbian Speculative Fiction

 

I am delighted to be included in Heiresses of Russ 2016: The Year’s Best Lesbian Speculative Fiction with my short story “Fabulous Beasts”.

My thanks to Lethe Press editors A.M. Dellamonica and Steve Berman.

This story was originally aquired for Tor.com by Ellen Datlow.

“The latest volume in the acclaimed Heiresses of Russ series features stories that are anything but invisible: the women in these tales are not hiding and are not easily overlooked but rather are choosing the harder path, the more dangerous route, whether that leads to love or loss or adventure. Included in these pages are stories that have won a World Fantasy Award, a Tiptree Award, and a British Fantasy Award…but every one of these stories chosen by guest editor A.M. Dellamonica (herself an award-winning writer of queer speculative fiction) is emblematic of the new vitality to be found in lesbian-themed tales of wonder, the eerie, and the miraculous.”

From Lethe Press.

Table of Contents:

Grandmother Ley-neylit’s Cloth of Winds by Rose Lemberg
The Occidental Bride by Benjanun Sriduangkaew
The Devil Comes to the Midnight Café by A.C. Wise
And We Were Left Darkling  by Sarah Pinsker
A House of Her Own by Bo Balder
Love in the Time of Markov Processes by Megan Arkenberg
Where Monsters Dance by A. Merc Rustad
Hungry Daughters of Starving Mothers by Alyssa Wong
Fabulous Beasts by Priya Sharma
The Wollart Nymphs by Melissa Scott
The New Mother by Eugene Fischer
Eldritch Brown Houses by Claire Humphrey
The Tip of the Tongue by Felicia Davin
Where Can a Broken Glass Mend? by Sonya Taaffe
A Residence for Friendless Ladies by Alice Sola Kim
The Deepwater Bride by Tamsyn Muir
Doubt the Sun by Faith Mudge

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Simon Bestwick interviews Ramsey Campbell

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This is Horror features an interview with the legendary Ramsey Campbell by Simon the-searching-dead-hardcover-by-ramsey-campbell-choose-your-edition-unsigned-jacketed-4048-pekm298x406ekm1Bestwick, which you can read here.

Ramsey Campbell was described by the Oxford Companion to English Literature as “Britain’s most respected living horror writer”.  PS Publishing are about to release his novel, “The Searching Dead”, the first in a trilogy.

Simon’s a regulat blogger and this week his post is entitled 10 Great Modern Horror Stories for Halloween
Am delighted to be in there with “Fabulous Beasts”.

 

 

 

 

 

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Reviews of Best Horror of the Year:Volume 8

 

The-Best-Horror-of-the-Year-Volume-Eight-Ellen-DatlowEllen Datlow is one of the hardest-working, iconic figures in Horror, Dark Fantasy, and elsewhere. When she speaks well of a certain author, I—by default—make a point to seek out writing by that person. Datlow won, on August 20, a Hugo Award for Best Editor, Short-Form.

Hence number eight in Night Shade Book’s annual compilation, and 20 tales curated from print, online and, perhaps, cobwebbed nowheres isolated in extragalactic gloom. Opening with “Summation 2015,” the editor replays that year’s incredible fertility. These summations are pure gifts highlighting output both well-known and obscure—notepad opportunities aplenty.

What distinguishes Datlow-edited anthologies from most (not all) others is the mix of newer and not-so-new names tilting toward those less known. William Grabowski for Horror Notes. His  full review including his favourites are here.

 

The book opens with a “best of the year” introduction from its editor, Ellen Datlow, my favorite editor of anthologies. I have a love/hate relationship with these intros, especially when they are written by someone whose opinion I hold in such high regard. I love these because I am informed of all the brilliant books/movies/events/etc. that I may have missed out on in the year. I hate these for the exact same reason; everything I don’t have immediately goes on the wish list and it ends up costing me money. It’s bitter sweet. In the case of The Best Horror of the Year: Volume Eight, “Summation 2015” contains about 33 pages of things I need to buy if I haven’t already …Honestly, many people will be tempted to skip this, but don’t. It’s a wonderful breakdown of the past year, and everything that Datlow recommends that I too have read, I’m in full agreement with. The lady really knows her stuff.

Steve Pattee for Horror Talk. For his full review and commemts on his favourite stories are here.

 

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Fantasycon by the Sea

Thank you to everyone I talked to at Fantasycon. It’s been a fantastic weekend. I’ve really enjoyed catching up with all the lovely people I know and meeting new ones too.

Thanks again to everyone who voted for Fabulous Beasts, which won the 2016 British Fantasy Illustration for Fabulous Beasts by Jeffrey Alan LoveAward for Short Fiction. To be included alongside writers whose work I have read and admire, some of whom are friends, is a real honour. Thanks to The British Fantasy Society and to the jurors.

Thanks, thanks and thanks again to Ellen Datlow, to Tor.com and to Jeffrey Alan Love for his gorgeous artwork.

I’ve been very fortunate to receive great kindness and encouragement from many quarters but in particular from Paula Guran, Andy Cox, Mike Kelly, Nina Allan, and Dev Agarwal.

Thank you to my mum, dad and brother, Ravi, for a house filled with stories in all their forms- Hardy, Hitchcock, Ganesha, Shiva, DC and Marvel. To Michelle Noble for a lifetime of long walks and gothic conversations.

And thank you to Mark Greenwood, my partner, for eveything.

I’ve had some lovely, lovely emails today. Thank you  xxx

Best Fantasy Novel (the Robert Holdstock Award): Uprooted, Naomi Novik (Macmillan)

Half a War, Joe Abercrombie (Harper Voyager)
Sorcerer to the Crown, Zen Cho (Macmillan)
Signal to Noise, Silvia Moreno-Garcia (Solaris)
Guns of the Dawn, Adrian Tchaikovsky (Tor)
The Iron Ghost, Jen Williams (Headline)

Best Horror Novel (the August Derleth Award) : Rawblood, Catriona Ward (Weidenfeld & Nicholson)

Welcome to Night Vale, Joseph Fink & Jeffrey Cranor (Orbit UK)
The Silence, Tim Lebbon (Titan)
A Cold Silence, Alison Littlewood (Jo Fletcher)
Lost Girl, Adam Nevill (Pan)
The Death House, Sarah Pinborough (Gollancz)
Rawblood, Catriona Ward (Weidenfeld & Nicholson)

Best Novella: The Pauper Prince and the Eucalyptus Jinn, Usman T. Malik (Tor.com)

Witches of Lytchford, Paul Cornell (Tor.com)
The Bureau of Them, Cate Gardner (Spectral)
Albion Fay, Mark Morris (Spectral)
Binti, Nnedi Okorafor (Tor.com)

Best Short Fiction :“Fabulous Beasts”, Priya Sharma (Tor.com 7/27/15 )

“When the Moon Man Knocks”, Cate Gardner (Black Static 10-11/15)
Strange Creation, Frances Kay (Tenebris Nyxies)
“The Blue Room”, V.H. Leslie (Skein and Bone)
“Dirt Land”, Ralph Robert Moore (Black Static 11-12/15)
“Hippocampus”, Adam Nevill (Terror Tales of the Ocean)

Best Collection Ghost Summer: Stories, Tananarive Due (Prime)

Probably Monsters, Ray Cluley (ChiZine)
The Stars Seem So Far Away, Margrét Helgadóttir (Fox Spirit)
Monsters, Paul Kane (The Alchemy Press)
Scar City, Joel Lane (Eibonvale)
Skein and Bone, V.H. Leslie (Undertow)

Best Anthology: The Doll Collection, Ellen Datlow, ed. (Tor)

African Monsters, Margrét Helgadóttir & Jo Thomas, eds. (Fox Spirit)
Best British Horror 2015, Johnny Mains, ed. (Salt)
The 2nd Spectral Book of Horror Stories, Mark Morris, ed. (Spectral)
Aickman’s Heirs, Simon Strantzas, ed. (Undertow)

Best Independent Press: Angry Robot (Marc Gascoigne)

The Alchemy Press (Peter Coleborn and Jan Edwards)
Fox Spirit (Adele Wearing)
Newcon (Ian Whates)

Best Non-Fiction :Letters to Tiptree, Alexandra Pierce & Alisa Krasnostein, ed. (Twelfth Planet)

Fantasy-Faction, Marc Aplin & Jennie Ivins, eds. (Fantasy-Faction)
The Art of Horror: An Illustrated History, Stephen Jones, ed. (Applause Theater & Cinema)
Ginger Nuts of Horror, Jim McLeod, ed. (gingernutsofhorror.com)
Matrilines, Kari Sperring (Strange Horizons)
King for a Year, Mark West, ed. (kingreviews2015.blogspot.com)

Best Magazine / Periodical: Beneath Ceasless Skies

Black Static
Holdfast Magazine
Interzone

Best Artist : Julie Dillon

Ben Baldwin
Vincent Chong
Evelinn Enoksen
Sarah Anne Langton
Jeffrey Alan Love

Best Comic / Graphic Novel :Bitch Planet (#2-5), Kelly Sue DeConnick, Valentine De Landro, Robert Wilson IV & Cris Peter (Image)

Red Sonja (#14-18), Gail Simone & Walter Geovani (Dynamite)
Nimona, Noelle Stevenson (HarperTeen)
Saga (#25-32), Brian K. Vaughan & Fiona Staples (Image)
Ms. Marvel, Vol 2: Generation Why, G. Willow Wilson, Jacob Wyatt & Adrian Alphona (Marvel)

Best Film/Television Production: Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell

Inside No. 9: The Trial of Elizabeth Gadge
Jessica Jones: “AKA WWJD?”
Mad Max: Fury Road
Midwinter of the Spirit
Star Wars: The Force Awakens

Best Newcomer (the Sydney J. Bounds Award):Zen Cho for Sorcerer to the Crown (Macmillan)

Becky Chambers for The Long Way to a Small Angry Planet (Hodder & Stoughton)
Peter Newman for The Vagrant (HarperVoyager)
Steven Poore for The Heir to the North (Kristell Ink)
Marc Turner for When the Heavens Fall (Titan)

Winners were chosen by jury, except for the special award (the Karl Edward Wagner Award) which is chosen by the BFS committee.

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A Review of Datlow’s The Best Horror of the Year Volume Eight

Thanks to Keith West at Adventures Fantastic for his review of Ellen Datlow’s The Best Horror of the Year Volume 8.

Datlow is one of the most accomplished editors in the field.  I know that any project, whether The-Best-Horror-of-the-Year-Volume-Eight-Ellen-Datlowreprint or original, will have a top-notch selection of stories.  That’s the case here.  Not every story was to my taste, but then I don’t expect them to.  The only anthology that will be completely to my taste will be one I’ve edited, and maybe not even then…Datlow has a deep love and respect for Lovecraft, and it shows in her selections.  Several of them had Lovecraftian elements.  All of the stories are top-notch, though, whether they have anything to do with HPL.  In scanning back over them as I was writing the above paragraphs, I was struck by how many of the stories I really liked.  Narrowing my list was harder than I thought it would be. Keith West.

Read the full review here to find out which stories were Keith’s favourites.

 

 

 

 

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