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Review in Fantasy & Science Fiction Magazine

Fantasy & Science Fiction, founded in 1949, is the award-winning imonthly SF magazine which is the original publisher of SF classics like Stephen King’s Dark Tower, Daniel Keyes’s Flowers for Algernon, and Walter M. Miller’s A Canticle for Leibowitz. I am blown away that the lastest issue (March/April 2020) contains a review of my novella, Ormshadow, by Elizabeth Hand. Yes, ELIZABETH HAND.

Like Alan Garner’s Alderley Edge novels, Ormeshadow draws much of its power from Sharma’s understanding of how landscape shapes us as surely as it shapes the myths we tell about it. Like Garner, Sharma is a Cheshire native, though the topography she maps in Ormeshadow seems more like that of West Penwith, in Cornwall, and Great Orme is a real place in Wales. I am fond of quoting Melville on this sort of thing: “It is not down on any map. True places never are.” Ormeshadow also made me think of Susan Cooper’s The Dark is Rising sequence, especially The Grey King, as well as “Hamlet” and Wuthering Heights, and her unsparing depiction of life in a rural village brought to mind Graeme Macrae Burnet’s His Bloody Project.  – Elizabeth Hand.

Read the full review here.

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Stuff for February

Thanks to Georgina Bruce for reviewing “Ormeshadow” and interviewing me for the lastest issue of Black Static (#73)

The January-February 2020 issue contains new cutting edge horror fiction by Stephen Volk, Keith Rosson, Maria Haskins, Jack Westlake, and Gregory Norman Bossert. The cover art is by Ben Baldwin (for Stephen Volk’s ‘Sicko’), and interior illustrations are by Richard Wagner, Ben Baldwin, Vincent Sammy, and others. Regular features: Into the Woods by Ralph Robert Moore; Notes from the Borderland by Lynda E. Rucker; Case Notes book reviews by Laura Mauro, Andy Hedgecock, Daniel Carpenter, David Surface, Andrew Hook, and Georgina Bruce, who also interviews Priya Sharma; Blood Spectrum film reviews by Gary Couzens.


I am proud to get a mention in Dev Agarwal’s review of 2019 for Vector Magazine: From the editor of Focus: Best of the Year 2019.

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

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Ormeshadow Winners


Thanks to everyone who entered and for the lovely messages. The winners are JJ Brown and Theresa Derwin x


New Books Network Interview


My thanks to Gabrielle Mathieu who interviewed me about “Ormeshadow” as part of her regular slot for New Books Network.

You can listen to the whole thing here.


Girl of Fire by Gabrielle Mathieu

Gabrielle Mathieu is the author of the historical fantasy Falcon series and the epic fantasy Berona’s Quest series, beginning with Girl of Fire (watch the trailer: http://bit.ly/2KFOQhb).  She blogs about travel and her books at http://gabriellemathieu.com/. You can also follow her on Twitter to get updates about new podcasts and more @GabrielleAuthor.

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Ormeshadow Giveaway




I have two copies of “Ormeshadow” to give away.

For a chance to win in add a comment to this post and you’ll be included on a draw on 31st January 2020.

I’ll post this anywhere in the world. I might even include some other random stuff.

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Ormeshadow Released

It’s finally the official release date of “Ormeshadow” from Tor.com. My huge thanks to the team there.

Becky Spratford kindly mentioned “Ormeshadow” on her Recent Horror Novellas for Librarians column on her website RA for All: Horror, the online of The Readers’ Advisory Guide to Horror. She also featured me in a series she runs, RA for All: 31 Days of Horror – I am Day 8 of Why I Love Horror.

Becky is a Librarian in Illinois who trains library staff all over the world on how to match books with readers through their local public library. She is an of the author of The Readers’ Advisory Guide to Horror, 2d edition (ALA Editions, 2012). She writes content for EBSCO’s NoveList database, reviews for Booklist, is a member of the Adult Reading Round Table Steering Committee, a 5 term Trustee for her local library, and am a proud member of The Horror Writers’ Association.

“Ormeshadow” is also reviewed by Ross Jeffrey over at Storgy.

Sharma’s prose in Ormeshadow is deep and rich, and at times, all consuming. It’s as if Sharma has created a storm on the page, contained it with words, sentences and paragraphs – you want to pull yourself away but it’s intoxicatingly, you are at her mercy and she doesn’t relent

Read full review here.

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Amazon Best Books of the Month: SF & F

My novella, ‘Ormeshadow’ is listed in Amazon’s Best SFF for October 2019. Nope, I don’t believe it either.

The official release date is 15th October 2019.

Amazon Best SFF Oct 2019

Anthony R. Cardno kindly reviewed Ormshadow over on his blog:

Priya Sharma’s Ormeshadow is of that particular type of fantasy wherein the reader wonders if the fantasy aspect actually exists at all or is completely in the characters’ minds. It’s hard to walk that “is it real or isn’t it” line without confirming one way or the other and still satisfy the reader; Priya Sharma pulls it off magnificently, putting me often in mind of one of my favorite fantasy novels (and possibly one of my favorite novels of any genre), Ellen Kushner and Delia Sherman’s The Fall of the Kings. Even after two re-readings of Ormeshadow, I find myself happily vacillating as to whether the fantasy element, especially the story’s denouement, is real or the product of the main character’s fevered and wishing mind.

Read his full review.



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Bones, Bones & Buffy reviews Ormeshadow

Books, Bones & Buffy

Thanks to Tammy of Books, Bones & Buffy for her review of my novella, Ormshadow, which is out from Tor on 15th October 2019. I LOVE her banner design.

If you are intrigued by stories that excel in character development and “slice of life” vignettes, then you’ll love Ormeshadow. The format is a bit unusual. It’s divided up into short, titled chapters that are almost individual stories themselves, yet each is seamlessly woven together to form a whole. Sharma focuses on big and small moments that happen on the farm between family members, and even though some of these moments seemed insignificant at the time, I found each to be profoundly important by the end of the book.

Sharma’s tale is a claustrophobic one, full of darkness punctuated only by candlelight at night and a cold sun during the day. Ormeshadow sits near the cliffs, and harsh winds, muddy fields and uneven, rocky ground lie in wait to make the characters’ lives miserable. Even worse is the anger and jealousy that simmers between the characters, ready to explode at any moment. These emotions were palpable, and I loved reading a story where the thing that made me keep turning pages wasn’t exciting action, but the terror of seeing just what these characters were capable of. There’s an unsettling feeling of isolation and being trapped, and I felt for Gideon and his mother, who have no way out of their situation.  Books, Bones & Blood Review

Read the full review.


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More2Read Interview

Ormeshadow by Priya SharmaThanks to Lou Pendergrast of More2Read for interviewing me about my collection, “All the Fabulous Beasts” and soon-to-be-released novella, “Ormeshadow”, as well as Toni Morrison, Angela Carter, and my favourite small presses.

You can read it here.

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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