July has been a busy month. First, The Others of Edenwell was released by Titan, and now Gore, my comic with Ivo De Jager, is out with Black Panel Press. We hope you’ll love our plucky, blood-loving orphan Beryl as much as we do.
I had a lovely time chatting to Neil at Talking Scared. We chat about WW1, cryptozoology, what scares me (you might be surprised), and horrible helmets.
The Others of Edenwell is out today! It lives. I can barely believe it. Thank you so very much to my editor, Dan Carpenter, to everyone at Titan Books, and to everyone who’s already snatched up a copy.
I’m celebrating with cake, coffee, and plans for the next novel. Evil never sleeps, you know.
I’ll be at Bury St Edmunds Waterstones (Buttermarket branch) on Saturday the 8th, signing books from 11am to 2pm. I’ll be doing more of the same at Norwich Waterstones on the 14th. Come along and say hi!
Just over a week until The Others of Edenwell is out in the world! Can’t wait for readers to meet Freddie and Eustace and Drummerboy. I’ll be doing a signing at Bury St Edmunds Waterstones (Buttermarket) on Saturday the 8th, from 11am to 2pm. Come and say hi!
Little blighters! Pre-order Gore from Black Panel Press.
The Others of Edenwell is now on NetGalley. Fill your boots!
“An uncanny heart beats between the pages of this beautifully crafted book. Beguiling, chilling and profoundly disorientating, something terrifying and ancient stirs in this story of friendship, love and loyalty set against the all-pervading grief and loss of the Great War.” – Lucie McKnight Hardy
Seven years ago, I was sorting through a bag of donated men’s underwear (used) at my charity job when my phone pinged. An email from George at Unsung Stories: they loved Pseudotooth and they wanted to publish. After two years of fruitless querying, my weird book had finally found a home. I bought the cheapest bottle of supermarket champagne available and ordered a Chinese.
Today came the sad news that Unsung Stories is closing down. It didn’t come as a shock, but it’s a huge blow nonetheless. The loss of Unsung is going to leave a big hole in British speculative fiction. It’s the little guys who take the creative risks, putting their strength behind books the bigger publishers won’t touch. We’re all poorer when an indie goes under. Most of all, it sucks to see my friends having a hard time.
Without Unsung Stories, I wouldn’t be where I am today. Which isn’t to say I’m writing this on a veranda in Tuscany, but I’m pretty damn content. I’ve got a new novel out in July, a comic too, and I’m sitting on a nice little mountain of published short stories. I’ve met so many new friends through Unsung and had so many opportunities I would never otherwise have had. Without Unsung, I would never have found myself on the main stage at MCM Comic Con telling that one anecdote about my uncle in France and the spider sex cheese. (Don’t ask.) Unsung produced Pseudotooth so beautifully, fully understanding what I wanted to say with it and why. I’m incredibly grateful.
Pseudotooth is mine again – all rights have returned to me – and I need to decide on its future. I could self-publish or search for a publisher who deals with reprints. At the moment, I don’t know. I just don’t want it to vanish. As it stands, the last copies of the novel are for sale in the Unsung shop for £2.99, which is a lot of paperback for your buck. When they’re gone, they’re gone.
Treasure your small publishers, folks. Buy something weird today.
It’s almost here. Issue three of CloisterFox zine is available for pre-order now. This issue’s lineup:
A Feast of Houses – R.L. Summerling
Origins Unknown – Rym Kechacha
The Woodshed at The End of The World – E. Saxey
The Conversion – Tim Cooke
The Ruins Above Tell Brak – George Jacobs
Clean Up – Aliya Whiteley
I’m back on Patreon talking about one of my favourite books, in all its deranged glory. Join up for £1 to watch.
The Old Ways Issue celebrates landscapes, the way we navigate them, and the stories we tell about them. Pilgrimages and rituals of crossings, tales of malevolent lights luring travellers off the path, patterns in the landscape, invisible lines of force, the mystery of megaliths. In these pages we explore the sea, the marshland, rivers and fields, stone circles, the moors, and the enigma of outer space to unearth the stories that fascinate us and to acknowledge how they’ve shaped us.
HELLEBORE is a collection of writings and essays devoted to folk horror and the themes that inspire it: folklore, myth, history, archaeology, psychogeography, and the occult.
Featuring words by Katy Soar and Niall Finneran, Kenneth Brophy, Francis Young, Verity Holloway, Madeleine Potter, Icy Sedgwick, and Darren Pih. Artwork by Clare Marie Bailey and Nathaniel Hébert.
Edited by Maria J. Pérez Cuervo.