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Mad Hatters and March Hares cover art

Mad Hatters and March Hares

Tor have revealed the cover art by Dave McKean for “Mad Hatters and March Hares”, which is out on 5th December 2017. I’m not sure if anybody out there actually reads this blog but I promise that I did NOT know who was doing the art when I blogged two days ago about the Folio edition of “American Gods” by Neil Gaiman, illustrated by Dave McKean.

This collection is edited by Ellen Datlow and readers can expect “An all original anthology of stories inspired by Lewis Carroll’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking-Glass and What Alice Found There. ‘Alice’ has been read, enjoyed, and savored by generations of children and adults since its publication. It’s hallucinogenic, weird, imaginative and full of wordplay, mathematical puzzles, and political and social satire.”

Table of Contents

  • “A Comfort, One Way” by Genevieve Valentine
  • “Alis” by Stephen Graham Jones
  • “All the King’s Men” by Jeffrey Ford
  • “Conjoined” by Jane Yolen
  • “Eating the Alice Cake” by Kaaron Warren
  • “Gentle Alice” by Kris Dikeman
  • “In Memory of a Summer’s Day” by Matthew Kressel
  • “Lily-White & The Thief of Lesser Night” by C.S.E. Cooney
  • “Mercury” by Priya Sharma
  • “Moon, Memory, Muchness” by Katherine Vaz
  • “My Own Invention” by Delia Sherman
  • “Run, Rabbit” by Angela Slatter
  • “Run, Rabbit, Run” by Jane Yolen
  • “Sentence Like a Saturday”  by Seanan McGuire
  • “Some Kind of Wonderland” by Richard Bowes
  • “The Flame After the Candle” by Catherynne M. Valente
  • “The Queen of Hats” by Ysabeau Wilce
  • “Worrity, Worrity” by Andy Duncan
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Mad Hatters and March Hares

Ellen Datlow has announced the table of contents for her Alice in Wonderland themed anthology Mad Hatters and March Hares, which will be out from Tor in 2017.

I am delighted to be included with “Mercury”.

ToC

Gentle Alice by Kris Dikeman (poem)
My Own Invention by Delia Sherman
Lily-White & The Thief of Lesser Night by C.S.E. Cooney
Conjoined by Jane Yolen
Mercury by Priya Sharma
Some Kind of Wonderland by Richard Bowes
Alis by Stephen Graham Jones
All the King’s Men by Jeffrey Ford
Run, Rabbit by Angela Slatter
In Memory of a Summer’s Day by Matthew Kressel
Sentence Like a Saturday by Seanan McGuire
Worrity, Worrity by Andy Duncan
Eating the Alice Cake by Kaaron Warren
The Queen of Hats by Ysabeau Wilce
A Comfort, One Way by Genevieve Valentine
The Flame After the Candle by Catherynne M. Valente
Moon, Memory, Muchness by Katherine Vaz
Run, Rabbit, Run by Jane Yolen (poem)

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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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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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The Best Horror of the Year Volume 8 edited by Ellen Datlow

The Best Horror of the Year Volume 8 is now available. I’m very proud that my short story “Fabulous Beasts” is included in this amazing line-up.
This story, which appeared on Tor.com last year, has been shortlisted for a Shirley Jackson Award and British Fantasy Award.
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The-Best-Horror-of-the-Year-Volume-Eight-Ellen-DatlowTable of Contents:
Summation 2015 – Ellen Datlow
We Are All Monsters Here – Kelley Armstrong
Universal Horror – Stephen Graham Jones
Slaughtered Lamb – Tom Johnstone
In a Cavern, In a Canyon – Laird Barron
Between the Pilings – Steve Rasnic Tem
Snow – Dale Bailey
Indian Giver – Ray Cluley
My Boy Builds Coffins – Gary McMahon
The Woman in the Hill – Tamsyn Muir
Underground Economy – John Langan
The Rooms Are High – Reggie Oliver
All the Day You’ll Have Good Luck – Kate Jonez
Lord of the Sand – Stephen Bacon
Wilderness – Letitia Trent
Fabulous Beasts – Priya Sharma
Descent – Carmen Maria Machado
Hippocampus – Adam Nevill
Black Dog – Neil Gaiman
The 21st Century Shadow – Stephanie M. Wytovich
This Stagnant Breath of Change – Brian Hodge
Honorable Mentions
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The Shirley Jackson Awards

 

illustration-for-fabulous-beasts-by-jeffrey-alan-loveI am tremedously proud to be included in the novelette category for the Shirley Jackson Awards 2105 with Fabulous Beasts which appeared on Tor.com in July 2015. I can’t say thank you enough to my editor Ellen Datlow  (who is also nominated for The Doll Collection- see below) and Tor.com for taking this story.

The gorgeous artwork is by Jeffrey Alan Love.

Shirley Jackson wrote the marvellous The Haunting of Hill House and We Always Lived in the Castle, as well as numerous short stories including The Lottery which appeared in The New Yorker in 1948.

“In recognition of the legacy of Shirley Jackson’s writing, and with permission of the author’s estate, the Shirley Jackson Awards were established in 2007 for outstanding achievement in the literature of psychological suspense, horror, and the dark fantastic.”  (From the Shirely Jackson Awards website)

Nominees and the final winners are voted upon by a jury of professional writers, editors, critics and academics.

Massive congratulations to all the 2015 Shirley Jackson Awards nominees:

NOVEL

Eileen, Ottessa Moshfegh (Penguin Press)

Experimental Film, Gemma Files (ChiZine Publications)

The Glittering World, Robert Levy (Gallery)

Lord Byron’s Prophecy, Sean Eads (Lethe Press)

When We Were Animals, Joshua Gaylord (Mulholland Books)

 

NOVELLA

The Box Jumper, Lisa Mannetti (Smart Rhino)

In the Lovecraft Museum, Steve Tem (PS Publishing)

Unusual Concentrations, S.J. Spurrier (Simon Spurrier)

The Visible Filth, Nathan Ballingrud (This Is Horror)

Wylding Hall, Elizabeth Hand (PS Publishing-UK/Open Road Media-US)

 

NOVELETTE

“The Briskwater Mare,” Deborah Kalin (Cherry Crow Children, Twelfth Planet Press)

“The Deepwater Bride,” Tamsyn Muir (Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction, July-August 2015)

“Even Clean Hands Can Do Damage,” Steve Duffy (Supernatural Tales #30, Autumn)

“Fabulous Beasts,” Priya Sharma (Tor.com, July 2015)

“The Thyme Fiend,” Jeffrey Ford (Tor.com, March 2015)

 

SHORT FICTION

“A Beautiful Memory,” Shannon Peavey (Apex Magazine)

“Hungry Daughters of Starving Mothers,” Alyssa Wong (Nightmare)

“Seven Minutes in Heaven,” Nadia Bulkin (Aickman’s Heirs)

“The Dying Season,” Lynda E. Rucker (Aickman’s Heirs)

“Wilderness,” Letitia Trent (Exigencies)

 

SINGLE-AUTHOR COLLECTION

The Bazaar of Bad Dreams, Stephen King (Scribner)

The End of the End of Everything, Dale Bailey (Arche Press)

Get in Trouble, Kelly Link (Random House)

Gutshot, Amelia Gray (FSG Originals)

The Nameless Dark – A Collection, T.E. Grau (Lethe Press)

You Have Never Been Here, Mary Rickert (Small Beer Press)

 

EDITED ANTHOLOGY

Aickman’s Heirs, edited by Simon Strantzas (Undertow Publications)

Black Wings IV, edited by S.T. Joshi (PS Publishing)

The Doll Collection, edited by Ellen Datlow (Tor)

Exigencies, edited by Richard Thomas (Dark House Press)

Seize the Night, edited by Christopher Golden (Gallery)

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Best Horror of the Year Volume 8 Edited by Ellen Datlow

I am delighted to be included in Ellen Datlow’s Best Horror of the Year Volume 8 with “Fabulous Beasts, which originally appeared on Tor.com. It’s a tremendous line-up.

Table of Content

Best Horror Vol 8

Best Horror Volume 8- author names to be added.

We Are All Monsters Here by Kelley Armstrong
Universal Horror by Stephen Graham Jones
Slaughtered Lamb by Tom Johnstone
In a Cavern, In a Canyon by Laird Barron
Between the Pilings by Steve Rasnic Tem
Snow by Dale Bailey
Indian Giver by Ray Cluley
My Boy Builds Coffins by Gary McMahon
The Woman in the Hill by Tamsyn Muir
Underground Economy by John Langan
The Rooms Are High by Reggie Oliver
All the Day You’ll Have Good Luck by Kate Jonez
Lord of the Sand by Stephen Bacon
Wilderness by Letitia Trent
Fabulous Beasts by Priya Sharma
Descent by Carmen Maria Machado
Hippocampus by Adam Nevill
Black Dog by Neil Gaiman
The 21st Century Shadow by Stephanie M. Wytovich
This Stagnant Breath of Change by Brian Hodge

 

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Some of the Best from Tor.com 2015

Some of the Best from Tor.com 2015

I am very proud that “Fabulous Beasts” is included in Some of the Best from Tor.com 2015. This story was accepted and edited by Ellen Datlow and appeared on Tor.com in Sept 2015.

It’s FREE and contains marvellous stories from the website, along with gorgeous artwork.

Table of Contents

Download from Tor.com.

 

 

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The Year’s Best Dark Fantasy & Horror: 2016 Edited by Paula Guran

Paula Guran has announced the table of contents for “The Best Dark Fantasy and Horror: 2016”. I am very happy to be included with “Fabulous Beasts” which appeared on Tor.com in July 2015.

Many thanks to Paula Guran and also to Ellen Datlow, who accepted this for Tor.com.

ToC

•“The Door” by Kelley Armstrong (Led Astray: The Best of Kelley Armstrong, Tachyon)
•“Snow” by Dale Bailey (Nightmare, June 2015)
•“1Up” by Holly Black (Press Start to Play, ed. Adams, Vintage)
•“Seven Minutes in Heaven” by Nadia Bulkin (Aickman’s Heirs, ed. Strantzas, Undertow)
•“The Glad Hosts” by Rebecca Campbell (Lackington’s #7)
•“Hairwork” by Gemma Files (She Walks in Shadows, eds. Moreno-Garcia & Stiles, Innsmouth Free Press)
•“Black Dog” by Neil Gaiman (Trigger Warning: Short Fictions and Disturbances, William Morrow)
•“A Shot of Salt Water” by Lisa L. Hannett (The Dark #8)
•“The Scavenger’s Nursery” by Maria Dahvana Headley (Shimmer # 24)
•“Daniel’s Theory About Dolls” by Stephen Graham Jones (The Doll Collection, ed. Datlow, Tor)
•“The Cripple and Starfish” by Caítlin R. Kiernan (Sirenia Digest #108)
•“The Absence of Words” by Swapna Kishore (Mythic Delirium #1.3)
•“Corpsemouth” by John Langan (The Monstrous, ed. Datlow, Tachyon)
•“Cassandra” by Ken Liu (Clarkesworld # 102)
•“Street of the Dead House” by Robert Lopresti (nEvermore, ed. Kilpatrick, EDGE)
•“Mary, Mary” by Kirstyn McDermott (Cranky Ladies of History, eds. Roberts & Wessely, Fablecroft)
•“There is No Place for Sorrow in the Kingdom of the Cold” by Seanan McGuire, The Doll Collection, ed. Datlow, Tor)
•“Below the Falls” by Daniel Mills (Nightscript 1, ed. Muller, Chthonic Matter)
•“The Deepwater Bride” by Tamsyn Muir (F&SF Jul-Aug)
•“The Greyness” by Kathryn Ptacek (Expiration Date, ed. Kilpatrick, EDGE)
•“The Three Resurrections of Jessica Churchill” by Kelly Robson (Clarkesworld # 101)
•“Those” by Sofia Samatar (Uncanny #3)
•“Fabulous Beasts” by Priya Sharma (Tor.com)
•“Windows Underwater” by John Shirley (Innsmouth Nightmares, ed. Gresh, PS Publishing)
•“Ripper” by Angela Slatter (Horrorology, ed. Jones, Quercus)
•“The Lily and the Horn” by Catherynne M. Valente (Fantasy #59)
•“Sing Me Your Scars” by Damien Angelica Walters (Sing Me Your Scars, Apex)
•“The Body Finder” by Kaaron Warren (Blurring the Line, ed. Young, Cohesion)
•“The Devil Under the Maison Blue” by Michael Wehunt (The Dark #10)
•“Kaiju maximus®: “So various, So Beautiful, So New” by Kai Ashante Wilson (Fantasy #59)

 

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Jeffrey Alan Love

Illustration for Fabulous Beasts by Jeffrey Alan LoveI was delighted when I saw the illustration for my novelette, “Fabulous Beasts”, not just because it’s beautiful but because I recognised Jeffrey Alan Love‘s work from the covers of Simon Ing’s novels in my local bookshop, which were what drew me to pick them up.
I’ve been lucky enough to get the man himself to answer some questions.

Priya: I think there’s something very mythical about your work, even when you’re illustrating a contemporary piece. Where does this come from?
Jeffrey: My early childhood was spent in Germany, and I think a large part of the work I do today was seeded with my experiences there – walking through dark, ancient forests, running about crumbling castles pretending to be Robin Hood or King Arthur, seeing Mont Saint-Michel rising up out of the mist as we drove down a coastal road in Normandy. I was (and still am) a voracious reader, and getting to see Stonehenge while reading about the druids, seeing Frankenstein Castle while reading Frankenstein, having memories of being in Greece and Rome while reading about their gods and myths made it so that myth is in a way a very real thing to me, something palpable, a feeling that I have experienced and try to include in my work. A large step towards finding my voice as an artist was deciding to make work that reflected who I was as a child – the sense of mystery and magic in the world, the sense of Other, of Magic, that there is something out there wonderful and unexplainable that cannot be put into words – but perhaps it can be put into a picture.

Jeffrey's illustration for the cover Wolves by Simon IngsJeffrey's illustration for the cover of Hotwire by Simon IngsJeffrey's illustration for the cover of Hot Head by Simon IngsJeffrey's illustration for the cover of Headlong by Simon Ings

P: Your style is unique- I love the controlled palette and the textures that you use. How did this develop? When I look at your work, it makes me feel that it’s a paper led process but is there a digital element?

J: Thank you for the kind words. The way I work now in large part owed to moving to San Francisco for a year with my wife, and suddenly having to work in a much smaller space. Whatever I could fit on top of my folding table was what I would use, so working mainly with just black and white paint on paper was a way of working simply and comfortably within the restraints of my studio space. Also, for quite a while I had tried to work in a more painterly manner, drawing inspiration from Rembrandt, Van Dyck, and George Inness, but struggled to have the paintings get to where I wanted them to be by the deadlines – it was only when I accepted that Rembrandt & co. could take months or even years to finish a painting, while I felt lucky if I was given longer than 5 days to finish a piece, and that I should embrace the pace of modern illustration instead of fighting it, that I started to develop my current way of working which satisfies my clients needs for short deadlines and my own need to feel artistic fulfillment. Everything I do now is paint and ink on paper, the only digital element is scanning it and erasing all the cat hair that my cats smuggle into my scanner.

Jeffrey's illustration for Combustion Hour by Yoon Ha Lee, published on Tor.com

P: What’s your method of springboarding from a piece of fiction into creating your own unique vision of what it’s about? What happens if you are commissioned to illustrate a story that you find it hard to connect with?

J: As I said earlier, I’m a voracious reader, and my college degree is actually in English: Fiction Writing, so in some ways I’ve been training my whole life to Jeffrey's illustration for Doppel by Lindsay Graham, publsihed by Tor.comread manuscripts. But the way that works best for me is to just read it through and see what my emotional response is. If something strikes me as I’m reading I’ll make a small doodle in the margins, but mostly I just read it through and see if I feel anything. If I do, the question then becomes how can I make that resonate, how can I make that note or notes that I’m feeling expand, so that the viewer will feel something when looking at my art, and, at first, not having read the story yet, be drawn into it and want to read it, and secondly, having finished the story, have that feeling multiply, to find new meaning and depth in the art from the content and craft of the piece of fiction. Sometimes the images pop immediately into my mind, but often it is just a vague sense of what the elements should be within the picture, and I then think of them as if they are players on the stage – what combination and staging of them will be most effective to create the desired feeling/emotion? You don’t make a piece more tragic by painting “tragic”, you make the story a tragedy by varying the relationships of the elements to each other. If one figure towers over another, that tells a story, that creates a response. If the large figure has a knife, that’s one story. If the smaller figure has the knife, that’s a totally different story. If I’m lost I just ask myself what story I’m trying to tell.
Early in my career I struggled with what to do if I didn’t connect with a job, but I’ve learned that I can have a personal response to anything. It is not my job to merely take a photograph of a moment within the story, but to bring my own personal voice and vision to the work, and show it through my eyes. Of course, if it’s something that I feel strongly against (racism, gratuitous violence, chainmail bikinis, etc) I’m comfortable turning down the job.

Dreams of Shreds and Tatters by Amanda Downum ,Oliver Solaris BooksP: Do you have any artistic influences?

J: So many it is hard to remember them all. And as I grow older I find that they change and evolve, so that something that I loved when I was younger now fades to be replaced with something I used to feel nothing for. The names that pop into my head now: Rembrandt, Anthony Van Dyck, George Inness, John Harris, Victor Ambrus, Taiyo Matsumoto, Sergio Toppi, Lorenzo Mattotti, Hugo Pratt, Jacques Tardi, George Pratt, Mark English, Nicholas De Crecy, Velazquez, Leonard Baskin, Mike Mignola, Jose Munoz, Edward Kinsella, Leslie Herman, Andrew R. Wright, Josh George, Sterling Hundley, Moebius, Rodin, Schiele, Klimt, Andrew Wyeth, Lucian Freud, Bill Carman, Henry Moore, on and on and on…

P: Do you have a dream project?

J: My dream is to write and draw my own books and graphic novels. I’m currently finishing my first illustrated book that I am writing as well, and have two graphic novels in various stages to finish after that is done. I’ve found a publisher, so my dream seems a little closer to reality.

P: What sort of fiction do you enjoy personally?J.R.R. Tolkien's Beowulf

J: I love all sorts. Much like the list of artistic influences, my reading is wide and varied. Some favorites: Gene Wolfe, Eiji Yoshikawa, Robert Holdstock, Frank Herbert, Martin Cruz Smith, Derek Raymond, Raymond Chandler, James Ellroy, Joe Abercrombie, Iain M. Banks, Ray Bradbury, Robert Graves, M. John Harrison, Ernest Hemingway, Peter Higgins, J. Robert Janes, John Le Carre, Graham Greene, Hilary Mantel, Cormac McCarthy, China Mieville, K. J. Parker, David Peace, Jo Nesbo, Jeff Vandermeer, Bruno Schulz, Daniel Woodrell, Italo Calvino, Dorothy Dunnett, William Gibson, Max Gladstone… I’m currently reading the Sharpe series by Bernard Cornwell.

P: In terms of visuals are there any film directors that you admire?

J: For three years in college I was a film major before switching to fiction, so film has had a great influence on me and I continue to study it and often do drawing studies from films I enjoy (later today I’m going to draw from Stanley Kubrick’s “Paths of Glory” which I watched yesterday.) Sergio Leone, Federico Fellini, Hitchcock, Kubrick, John Ford, Masaki Kobayashi, Ingmar Bergman, Terry Gilliam, Andrei Tarkovsky, Andrew Dominik, Steven Soderbergh, Akira Kurosawa, Orson Welles – there’s not enough time to watch all the great movies I would like to and study them.

Jeffrey's illustration The Color of Paradox by A.M. Dellamonica, published by Tor.com

From Jeffrey's sketchbookP: Can you talk about what you’re currently working on?

J: There are a few projects I can’t talk about (but oh how I hope that I am able to sometime soon), a few book covers, my illustrated book, the layouts for a short graphic novel, and the script for a much longer graphic novel.

P:Lastly, thank you for what you did with “Fabulous Beasts”. It’s tremendous.

J: It was my pleasure – I was thrilled to get to work with you.

JAL_webJeffrey is a prize winner illustrator whose client list includes Gollancz, Tor.com, Scholastic, HarperCollins, TIME, The New Yorker, The New York Times, Solaris Books, Science Fiction Book Club, Jurassic London, Nautilus, Wall Street Journal, Washington Post and Scientific American, to name a few.
His accolades include:
• Gold Medal (Books), Society of Illustrators 56
• Academy of British Cover Design Award (Best Series Design with Nick May/Gollancz)
• Academy of British Cover Design Award (Best Science-Fiction/Fantasy with Nick May/Gollancz)
• Nominated for World Fantasy Award – Best Artist (2015), BSFA (British Science Fiction Association) Award for Best Artwork (2014) , Spectrum Award (Books, 2014), Spectrum Award (Institutional, 2014)

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