Virgin launch

On 15th May, from 7pm, multi-award winning horror heavyweights Ramsey Campbell and Conrad Williams will be joining forces to celebrate publication of their terrifying new novels, ‘The Grin of the Dark’ and ‘The Unblemished’, both new in paperback from Virgin Books. There will be readings and a Q&A and both authors will sign copies of their book for you. The event is at Waterstone’s, 91 Deansgate, Manchester M3 2BW. Tickets £3 from the Ground Floor desk, and redeemable against a copy of either book on the night. Contact Waterstone’s on 0161 837 3000.

Black Static

Conrad’s story Zombie is out now in issue 4 of Black Static. The magazine also contains a review of his novel, The Unblemished, as well as an interview with Peter Tennant. Here’s an early comment on his story from Alvaro Zinos-Amaro of The Fix.

‘Conrad Williams’s writing kinetics make of the generically-titled “Zombie” anything but a generic or plodding reading experience. His writing, which deftly interweaves stream-of-consciousness associations, second-person narration, and sardonic reflection, is on fire… Williams’s postmodern style brought to mind the best of Chuck Palahniuk in terms of voice and rhythm.’