Weekly News Roundup

It’s been a bit of a busy week for the T-Party:

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Colleen Douglas’ debut novel ORIGIN will be released in mid-2014, published by Cosmic Egg Books – check out the appropriately spooky cover! Here’s what Cosmic Egg have to say about ORIGIN:

Raum Daemon learns that he is destined to be The Reconciler-Demon Earl of Hell; a special demon whose return is foretold. It will be his destiny to unite the feuding demon kings of the Ebon Continent, the underworld of demons and more importantly he must prevent the rise of the Allu, the ancient race of demon Gods, from laying claim to Ebon. If Raum was to fail in this task then the world of men would fall soon after.

And ‘Fade To Black’, the first book in Francis Knight’s Rojan Dizon trilogy, has been longlisted for all three categories of the David Gemmell Legend awards – go here to vote. Congratulations Francis!

News Roundup for End 2013

News from the latter half of 2013, all in one round up!

Gary Couzens had a story accepted for an anthology of punk-inspired stories for DogHorn Publishing titled punkPunk!

David Gullen‘s short story collection, Open Waters, was published by Exaggerated Press and is available now.

David’s debut sci-fi novel, Shopocalypse was published by Clarion and is also available now. Jump in the passenger seat for a road trip with Josie and Novak, on the run after an unlucky encounter, unintentionally in possession of a super-hot sentient muscle car and over 190 million dollars, covered with a potent psychoactive powder.

Laura Mauro received an Honourable Mention from Ellen Datlow’s Best Horror of the Year for her story Red Rabbit, published in Shadows and Tall Trees 4.

Laura’s story When Charlie Sleeps appeared in the November edition of Black Static. It will also be reprinted in Best British Horror 2014, edited by Johnny Mains.

Another story from Laura, Ptichka will appear in the the Horror Uncut anthology.

Gaie Sebold was on the longlist for the David Gemmell Morningstar Award for best fantasy newcomer/debut and the David Gemmell Legend Award for best release of the year for her novel Babylon Steel.

Sara-Jayne Townsend‘s book Dead Cool (also known among the group as The Case of the Defenestrated Rock Star) will be published by Canadian e-publisher MuseItUp Publishing in late 2104. The novel is the second in the Shara Summers series, following the adventures of an actress turned amateur sleuth.

Congratulations to all! We’re looking forward to an even more exciting 2014.

Tom Pollock in Neil Gaiman’s Guardian Books Podcast

Tom Pollock, author of London-based fantasies The City’s Son, and The Glass Republic, was interviewed for Neil Gaiman’s Weird London podcast for the Guardian.

The podcast

heads into strange territory, guided by the Books site’s editor-for-a-day, Neil Gaiman.

First, we follow Damien Walter on the trail of Weird London, a parallel city that has been built on the banks of another Thames by writers of fantasy fiction. He explores why the capital has made such fertile ground for writers who look beyond the real, along with Tom Pollock, M John Harrison and the owner of the Atlantis Bookshop, Geraldine Beskin.

You can listen to the podcast here. Damian Walter interviews Tom at 2:43 minutes in.

Rosanne Rabinowitz Collaborates for “Rustblind and Silverlight”

A collaboration between Rosanne Rabinowitz and Matt Joiner, a Birmingham-based writer who also appeared in Never Again, has been accepted by David Rix/Eibonvale Press for his railway-themed anthology Rustblind and Silverlight.

Rosanne says,

Interestingly, Matt started off providing the characters and the atmospherics. Matt is also a published poet and it really shows in his prose. And I contributed a lot of the… hold on to your seats, folks … the PLOT!

We did the story in two major drafts, with one crit from Joel Lane, who is the Brum Writer’s Group with Matt.

So this collaboration thing was lots of fun, and I learned a lot from it. Two heads can be better than one, to start with.

Eibonvale Press describe the premise for  Rustblind and Silverlight so,

Trains occupy a special place in the human psyche. The twin threads of the rails forge ahead from place to place, the ultimate symbol of travel and connection and all the hopes, fantasies, fears, reasons, romance and excitement that come with that.  The links between points, the bridges and tunnels, are always so much more profound than borders or walls.  And yet you travel these links through a world that is isolated from normal life and unique to itself.  The railways are so mundane and taken for granted, passing through the backs of your cities and towns, yet they are worlds that cannot be visited, cannot be known.  Worlds that can only be glimpsed from blurred windows or from the far end of the platform.  Hidden places.  Private places.  Places where the ordinary and the secret meet.

This was the mood in which Rustblind and Silverbright came into being – a book of railway stories that aimed to look far beyond what you might expect from classic horror or sci-fi.

The anthology will be launched on the 4th July.

David Gullen Reviews for Arc Magazine

David Gullen reviewed Shackleton’s Man Goes South by Tony White for Arc Magazine. The book is the first novel ever published by London’s Science Museum, and David says it’s a “a triumph of controlled anger”.

Part fiction, part historical narrative, part science journalism, Shackleton’s Man Goes South depicts an adventure as magnificent and dreadful as Scott’s or Shackleton’s. Commissioned by the Science Museum as part of a five-year programme of contemporary art on the subject of climate, this is a book about going forwards by going back. Characters in the future echo those from the past; as clues from fossils and ice cores tell us about a warmer past, and hint at the future.

You can read the complete review at Arc magazine here.

David Gullen’s Short Stories & Anthology

David Gullen is on a roll with short story sales!

He sold his surrealist/absurdist story Why Isinglass & squill elixir should not be transported together to issue #3 of Fur-Lined Ghettos.

David has been writing 100 word stories for a while (visit his blog to read them). Now one, The Spade, has been accepted for the National Flash Fiction Day anthology.

David says:

I’ve started dipping my toe into audio narration with some of these and enjoying it very much. Hope to try a few more ambitious things in the near future.

If you’re enjoying David’s style, you’ll be happy to hear his first collection of short stories, Open Water will be published by TheEXAGGERATEDpress later this year. The launch is currently scheduled for World Fantasy at Brighton (31st October – 3rd November).

David says:

I’m really pleased about this. Short stories get published in a magazine and then tend to diappear. It will be great to have some back in print – and some new ones too.

“Helen’s Story” Published

Rosanne Rabinowitz’s novella, Helen’s Story is now available in a beautiful hardcover from PS Publishing.

Some readers might have met Helen in Arthur Machen’s classic novella The Great God Pan. Now she gets to tell her side of the story.

Contrary to rumours of her death, Helen Vaughan is alive and well and living in Shoreditch. Having learned a few things about painting from an ex-boyfriend, she’s stirring up the art world with a series of erotically-charged landscapes depicting the strange events of her youth.
Brought up by a man who regarded her as loathsome, shuffled between boarding schools and foster homes, young Helen only found pleasure in visits from a secret companion. She made one other close friend, a girl called Rachel who disappeared in full daylight. After that, Helen was left with her companion.
He stayed with her on travels from rural Wales to the select salons and danker corners of London, to expatriate life in Buenos Aires and beyond. But he’s kept away for several years.
As she remembers her friend, Helen lays on each stroke of paint as if it can bring Rachel back or take her to where Rachel went. She paints to summon her companion once again, and show everyone what really lurks beyond the vanishing point.