Best New Horror 29

IMG_0897My short story Cwtch, on the heels of a reprint in Best British Short Stories 2018, is to also be reprinted in Best New Horror 29, edited by Stephen Jones. The story originally appeared in my collection, I Will Surround You (Undertow Publications).

The Napoleon of Crime

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Lionel Atwill as Moriarty in ‘Sherlock Holmes and the Secret Weapon’ (1943)

Yesterday I discovered that my story, Rosenlaui, will be included in Constable & Robinson‘s forthcoming The Mammoth Book of Professor Moriarty Adventures, edited by the venerable Maxim Jakubowski. The story concerns events in Meiringen, Switzerland, on the eve of that momentous confrontation at the Reichenbach Falls.

This is only the second time I’ve ever written a story containing someone else’s creation (I had a story in Stephen Jones’ Dracula anthology – another ‘Mammoth’ book – back in 1997), and I had enormous fun with it. I would certainly consider doing something similar in future (are you listening, Ian Fleming Publications?).

Forbidden Planet Halloween Signing

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No Tricks, just Treats this Hallowe’en as the greatest names in British horror gather downstairs at the FORBIDDEN PLANET LONDON MEGASTORE (https://forbiddenplanet.com/) to sign their terrifying tomes on Saturday, October 25, from 1:00–2:00 pm.
 
Here’s a list of the authors, artists and editors who participating:
 
Pat Cadigan
Ramsey Campbell
Michael Chislett
Adrian Cole
Peter Crowther
Les Edwards
Jo Fletcher
Christopher Fowler
Amanda Foubister
Stephen Gallagher
Stephen Jones
Paul Kane
Alison Littlewood
Paul McAuley
Gary McMahon
Lou Morgan
Mark Morris
Kim Newman
Thana Niveau 
Reggie Oliver
Sarah Pinborough
John Llewellyn Probert
Joe Roberts
Lynda E. Rucker
Mark Samuels
Robert Shearman
Laurence Staig
Lavie Tidhar
Simon Kurt Unsworth
Stephen Volk
Conrad Williams
 
There will be in-store give-aways and, for the first 10 people to buy all five ZOMBIE APOCALYPSE! titles on the day, a prize draw for the latest Sony XperiaTM Z3 phone (worth more than £470!) to tie-in with the publication of ZOMBIE APOCALYPSE! ENDGAME.
 
For those who cannot make it into London, you can pre-order your signed books through the FORBIDDEN PLANET website.
 
Following the signing, many of the authors will move across to The Bloomsbury Tavern, 236 Shaftsbury Avenue, where THE BRITISH FANTASY SOCIETY is hosting an Open Day in the Upstairs Bar, and where you will be able to socialise with the writers, artists and publishers into the early evening. There will also be a raffle of books featuring some of the authors present.
 
So, please come along and join us on Saturday the 25th for THE GREATEST HALLOWE’EN HORROR SIGNING EVER!

Doctor Wh-aaargh!

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So this is what my name looks like in Russian:

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Thanks to editor Stephen Jones, who recently gave me a copy of his 1997 anthology The Mammoth Book of Dracula (in which my story Bloodlines appears), I can now say I’ve been translated into Russian. The one thing he told me as he handed over the book was that the figure of Count Dracula on the cover was actually Doctor Who. Now I can’t get William Hartnell out of my head… пока!

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OMZ!

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I’m delighted to announce that my story Horizon Deep will feature in the final volume of Stephen Jones’ monumental Zombie Apocalypse! trilogy, to be published by Robinson in the UK and Running Press in the States. Book Three, Endgameshould be out before the end of the year. A complete TOC can be found at Steve’s website.

Down, but not out…

Ann and Jeff VanderMeer won the British Fantasy Award for Best Anthology in Brighton at the weekend with their huge book, The Weird. We lock horns again over the World Fantasy Awards in Toronto at the start of next month. The Weird is once more up against Gutshot, but they’ve also got The Thackery T. Lambshead Cabinet of Curiosities in contention. Also shortlisted are old friends Steve Jones with his A Book of Horrors and Ellen Datlow with Blood and Other Cravings. All good people. So I’ll be (kind of) happy whatever happens… Graham Joyce will be my stand-in for the event and will say a few words on my behalf should I be lucky enough to win.