Tag Archives: Kelly Robson

Motherhood of the Monstrous

I am really chuffed to be next up on Jim Mcleod’s Ginger Nuts of Horror website. He’s taken the Women in Horror baton and is running on with it beyond February, so massive thanks to him.

Today is my turn to talk about a female writer that’s influenced me and one that I think people should be paying attention to now. Read it on Monsterhood of the Monstrous.

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Predictions

In my post “2015” I mentioned a few things I’d particulary enjoyed that year.

Black Static 48I praised Cate Gardner‘s “The Bureau of Them” and “When the Moon Man Knocks”, both of which have received British Fantasy Award nominations.

Ditto Kelly Robson for “The Waters of Versailles” for which she is a finalist for the World Fantasy Award, the Nebula Award, and the Prix Aurora Award.  (Her short story “The Three Resurrections of Jessica Churchill” is a Illustration for Kelly Robson's Waters of Versaille by Kathleen Jenningsfinalist for the 2016 Theodore Sturgeon Memorial Award).

It’s even more tremendous when you consider that Kelly only made her debut in markets like Clarkesworld, Tor and Asimov’s in 2015.

On the same theme, I am very much looking foward to Issue 54 of Black Static out  in September as it will contain “Perspective”, Steve J Dines’ new novelette. I am expecting heaps of darkness if his last few stories are anything to go by.

I am now tagging my predictions. Sadly my attempts at foretelling the National Lottery numbers have been less successful.

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2015

January is the time for looking back and looking forwards – it’s when people blog about what they’ve read and enjoyed, when reading lists appear and when “best of” anthologies are finalised.

In the last few years, I’ve singled out one story annually- previously “Shark! Shark!” by Ray Cluley, “Signs of the Times” by Carole Johnstone and “Ptichka” by Laura Mauro.

I have to admit that I’m woefully behind with my reading but of what I have read from 2015, a few things spring to mind immediately.

I have to confess a bias in that Cate Gardner is my friend but I do genuinely admire her work which is steeped in darkness, loss and grief. She has a unique The Bureau of Themtake on the world. “The Bureau of Them” is her novella, published by Spectral Press. Black Static has featured her short stories this year, Illustration for Kelly Robson's Waters of Versaille by Kathleen Jenningsincluding “When the Moon Man Knocks” in Issue 48.

In that same issue of Black Static was “The Suffering” by Steven J. Dines. I’ve always enjoyed his writing but I hope he’ll forgive me for saying that there’s been a change in what he’s had published this year. It feels raw and heartfelt, as if he’s struck a particularly rich vein of inner-strange that’s enriched his fiction. I think it heralds more exciting things to come. I know many people would pick his other story – “So Many Heartbeats, So Many Words” (Black Static , Issue 46) but I’m going with “The Suffering” because it’s unrelenting in its horror.

The final story is pure fantasy- “The Waters of Versailles” by Kelly Robson, which can be read in its entirety here. What appears initially to be a frothy historical drama is a tale of self interest and ambition versus responsibility and love. Kelly Robson pulls off the fantastic elements with aplomb. It’s already appeared on many reading lists.

Gardner Dozois has included her other excellent story, “The Three Resurrections of Jessica Churchill”,  in his upcoming Year’s Best Science Fiction (Thirty-third Annual Collection). This first appeared on the Clarkesworld website.

As to my own stuff, a lot of people have been very kind about “Fabulous Beasts”, so thank you for the support.

 

 

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Tor Artwork

Illustration for Kelly Robson's Waters of Versaille by Kathleen Jennings Illustration for Fabulous Beasts by Jeffrey Alan LoveEllen Datlow has released the artwork for two stories that will be out later this year on Tor.com The first is a gorgeous piece by Australian artist Kathleen Jennings for Kelly Robson‘s novella, “Waters of Versaille”. If you don’t know Kelly, she’s a wonderful writer and you can read her story, “The Three Resurrections of Jessica Churchill” over at Clarkesworld here. “Fabulous Beasts” is my novelette and I love, love, love what Jeffrey Alan Love  has done for it. His work has been featured in The New York Times, The New Yorker, Time magazine, Gollanz and Solaris books.

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