In Memoriam, Joanne Harris
First I open, and read, and sort the letters containing valuables. Cheques and cash we return, if we can. Sometimes you can find an address if you open the envelope. Things of intermediate value – clothes, trinkets, toys, books – we keep for six months, then dispose of. Watches, jewellery, artwork, we tend to try to keep longer. Perishable items we get rid of at once. Birthday cakes; live bait; garden plants; groceries; and once a box of soft, pale moths, drowsy in their wrapping of banana leaves and rice paper, which, slipping through my fingers like dusty old transparencies, came back to life in the clear, cold air, and flew up into the overhead lights, where they remained until they died, dropping one by one to the floor in clusters of brownish blossom.
It’s always a thrill to receive a box of books in the post. And it was especially satisfying to open this parcel, if only because it meant it hadn’t gone missing (which I was convinced was going to happen). The books are lovely; Titan have done a beautiful job. It seems like such a long time ago that I first came up with the concept, but all the hard work was done by others: eighteen ridiculously-talented writers (and each one a pleasure to deal with) contributed wonderful stories. I was thinking with some sadness that the project was over, but really, with the book’s publication, it’s only just started. Because now you lovely readers get involved. I hope you love this anthology as much as I do.
I’m pleased to be able to reveal the cover to the new anthology, scheduled for publication next year. Credit to Titan for agreeing to list every author on the cover. None of that ‘And Many Others’ nonsense here!
It was a privilege to work with so many talented writers. I hope you’ll be as impressed by the stories as I was.
Coming in April 2016 from Titan Books…
An anthology of the undelivered, the missing, the returned…
Edited by Conrad Williams
The Green Letter – Steven Hall
Over to You – Michael Marshall Smith
In Memoriam – Joanne Harris
Ausland – Alison Moore
Wonders to Come – Christopher Fowler
Cancer Dancer – Pat Cadigan
The Wrong Game – Ramsey Campbell
Is-and – Claire Dean
Buyer’s Remorse – Andrew Lane
Gone Away – Muriel Gray
Astray – Nina Allan
The Days of Our Lives – Adam LG Nevill
The Hungry Hotel – Lisa Tuttle
L0ND0N – Nicholas Royle
Change Management – Angela Slatter
Ledge Bants – Maria Dahvana Headley & China Miéville
And We, Spectators Always, Everywhere – Kirsten Kaschock