The City’s Son Launch

Tom Pollock‘s debut novel, The City’s Son launches this week. It is the first book of The Skyscraper Throne: a story about family, friends and monsters, and how you can’t always tell which is which. The novel is published by Jo Fletcher Books.

“Expelled from school, betrayed by her best friend and virtually ignored by her dad, who’s never recovered from the death of her mum, Beth Bradley retreats to the sanctuary of the streets, looking for a new home. What she finds is Filius Viae, the ragged and cocky crown prince of London, who opens her eyes to the place she’s never truly seen.

But the hidden London is on the brink of destruction. Reach, the King of the Cranes, is a malign god of demolition, and he wants Filius dead. In the absence of the Lady of the Streets, Filius’ goddess mother, Beth rouses Filius to raise an alleyway army, to reclaim London’s skyscraper throne for the mother he’s never known. Beth has almost forgotten her old life – until her best friend and her father come searching for her, and she must choose between the streets and the life she left behind.”

Here’s Tom talking about his ideas behind the book:

You can read the first extract from the book here. Further extracts will follow. Left wanting more? The City’s Son is available to order now.

Crime City Central

Some readers may be familiar with Tony C Smith’s website, StarShipSofa, a podcast site bringing you “the latest & greatest in science fiction short stories“. Mr. Smith has now launched a new audio magazine concentrating on crime and mystery stores.

Crime City Central is hosted by the T Party’s own Jack Calverly.

Step into the world of Inspector Jack Calverley who spends his time reviewing cases, new and old, solved and unsolved, intriguing and sometimes shocking. Every week he introduces you to the stories he uncovers from a wide range of authors and narrators from the files at CrimeCityCentral.

Drop into the site to listen to stories by Lawrence Block and Marilyn Todd, or subscribe to get your regular crime fix.


News Round Up for Terry Edge

Mr. Edge is having a very successful year.  His sales of Big Dave’s in Love to Arc 1.2 and Dopples to Stupefying Stories have been reported elsewhere in this blog.

In addition, he sold Be Clear and Prosper to new anthology series Scout & Engineer.

“Scout & Engineer is a print and electronic anthology featuring skillfully executed short fiction that seamlessly integrates philosophy, particularly individualism.”

The Pressure of Ecstasy sold to Mirror Shards 2. This annual anthology about augmented reality is published by Black Moon books, and will be available to buy in late summer.

Before the Blood will appear in  Kaleidotrope. The magazine “tends heavily towards the speculative — towards science fiction, fantasy and horror — but we like an eclectic mix and are therefore always eager to read interesting work that falls outside those categories. Man does not live on space ships, elves and ghostly axe murderers alone, after all.

A Gentleman’s Needs is published in Penumbra e-magazine, Vol 1 Issue 11,  from Musa publishing, released on the 1st August. The issue’s theme is “dreams”, and it’s available here.

Kudos to Terry for an impressive number of sales to such a wide range of markets!

Dún a Rí Public Art Commission 2012

Fox McGeever was a runner-up in the Dún a Rí Public Art Commission 2012 run by Cavan Arts.

The ‘Dún a Rí Short Story Competition’ is a search for a short story inspired by the magic of Dún a Rí Forest Park, Kingscourt, Co. Cavan. It aims to create a lasting legacy for the Forest which also acknowledges the existence of the unique sculptural works that have been commissioned for the Forest.

Congratulations to Fox on making the shortlist!