“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.
I’m delighted to reveal the cover art for Denoël’s French-language edition of ‘Bodies of Water’, due out next year.
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!
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.
I am completely over the moon that Skein and Bone has been nominated for a World Fantasy Award. I’m extremely thankful to Michael Kelly from Undertow Books for publishing my collection and I’m delighted to see that the Shirley Jackson award-winning Aikman’s Heirs, edited by Simon Strantzas – including Lynda E. Rucker’s Shirley Jackson award-winning short story, ‘The Dying Season’ – is also a finalist in the anthology category. Congratulations to the other finalists and thank you to the readers and judges for their consideration.
Continuing my exploration of the watery worlds of dark fiction, my column this month for This is Horror, focuses on Koji Suzuki’s short story collection Dark Water.
I was delighted to be interviewed by Scott Nicolay from The Outer Dark in a double bill including fellow Undertow author Eric Schaller. In this podcast I discuss my short story collection Skein and Bone and my debut novel Bodies of Water from Salt Publishing, as well as my literary influences, my professional relationship with editors Michael Kelly and Andy Cox, what’s next for my fiction and current recommended authors, including Priya Sharma, Carole Johnstone, James Everington, Helen Marshall and Alison Moore.