Created in Portsmouth Art Trail

forest-day-v-lesliewolfI’m thrilled to be taking part this year in Created in Portsmouth, an arts and crafts trail from the 14th – 16th October, 10am to 5pm. My screen-prints, copper sulphate etchings and dry-point etchings are inspired by the forest, folklore and fairy tale and will be exhibited alongside the work of coppersmith, Jenny Ames and jewellery designer, Jane Gooding at venue no. 10. The open studios programme across a variety of locations in Portsmouth, showcases the diversity of the creative arts in the city from glass artists and textile designers to papercut illustrators, photographers and blacksmiths. A great opportunity to visit the studio spaces of local artists and to acquire limited edition artwork and unique, bespoke items. To find out more about Created in Portsmouth, please visit the site, or click here for the trail map and look out for the white balls and bunting outside our venues.


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FantasyCon by the Sea


FantasyCon is upon us again, the time of year to debate and celebrate all things dark and fantastical, and this time it’s by the sea. I’m excited to be taking part in a panel, as well as reading from my debut novel Bodies of Water, which is being launched alongside Green and Pleasant Land from Black Shuck Books and This Twisted Earth from Six Minutes to Midnight. I’ll also be supporting the most recent release from Undertow Publications, Almost Insentient, Almost Divine from the brilliant D. P. Watt.


Creepin’ Up On You

Saturday, September 24 @ 10:00 am11:00 am

Royal Ballroom (Royal Hotel),

St Nicholas St

With a new wave of real life horror stories, are we running out of imaginary scares? Is reality the new horror? Paul Finch (Chair), Ramsey Campbell, Tracy Fahey, Helen Marshall, Mark West, VH Leslie

Book Launch – Great British Horror

Saturday, September 24 @ 1:00 pm2:00 pm

Habourlights (Grand Hotel),

St Nicholas Cliff

Great British Horror Book Launch Green and Pleasant Land: Great British Horror 1 – Jasper Bark, AK Benedict, Ray Cluley, James Everington, VH Leslie, Laura Mauro, Adam Millard, Simon Kurt Unsworth, Ed. Steve Shaw This Twisted Earth – Mike Chinn, Andrew Coulthard, Adrian Tchaikovsky, Ed. Dion Winton-Polak Bodies of Water – VH Leslie (Salt Publishing)

Book Launch – Undertow Publications

Saturday, September 24 @ 8:00 pm9:00 pm

Cocktail Bar (Grand Hotel),

St Nicholas Cliff

Undertow Publications Book Launch Almost Insentient, Almost Divine – DP Watt

Reading – VH Leslie and Alison Littlewood

Saturday, September 24 @ 10:00 pm10:30 pm
Reading Café (Royal Hotel)
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The Dark Magazine


I’m thrilled that my story ‘Ghost’, originally published in Skein and Bone, is included in this month’s issue of The Dark Magazine from Prime Books, alongside stories from Pear Nuallak, Stephen Graham Jones and Cassandra Khaw and edited by Sean Wallace. To get your copy, click here.

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“Omnia exeunt in mysterium.” — Arthur Machen
“We think we know the world we live in, but we don’t — we very much don’t — and stories of the supernatural and strange, of the weird and the uncanny serve as a reminder of that.” – from the Foreword by Brian J. Showers

Uncertainties is an anthology of new writing—featuring contributions from Irish, British, and American authors — each exploring the idea of increasingly fragmented senses of reality. These types of short stories were termed “strange tales” by Robert Aickman, called “tales of the unexpected” by Roald Dahl, and known to Shakespeare’s ill-fated Prince Mamillius as ‘winter’s tales’. But these are no mere ghost stories. These tales of the uncanny grapple with existential epiphanies of the modern day, and when otherwise familiar landscapes become sinister and something decidedly less than certain . . .


I’m delighted that my story, ‘The Murky’, inspired by the folklore I encountered on my recent trip to Finland is being included in this wonderful anthology, alongside a host of first-rate storytellers and edited by Brian J. Showers. Both Uncertainties Volume I and Uncertainties Volume II from Swan River Press are available now for pre-order.


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Les filles déchues de Wakewater

Bodies of water french

I’m delighted to reveal the cover art for Denoël’s French-language edition of ‘Bodies of Water’, due out next year.

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Salt Brand New Reads

I’m going to be taking part in an event Thursday 4th August at Waterstones Piccadilly, celebrating the work of Salt Publishing’s newest authors. I’ll be reading alongside Guy Ware, Stephanie Victoire and Man Booker longlisted Wyl Menmuir!

SALT poster

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The American Horror Mixtape

american horror mixtape sony c60 mark west

I was delighted to contribute to Mark West’s American Horror Mixtape, a compilation of the best short stories by American and Canadian writers. Some excellent reading suggestions for summer, including my recommendation ‘The Hanging Game’ from the extraordinary collection, Gifts for the One Who Comes After by Helen Marshall.

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