Showing posts from 2017

Embracing the Strange

If you've been paying attention to my Twitter and Facebook feeds, you'll know that I've recently launched (and successfully crowdfunded) a new literary journal. The Shadow Booth will be making its first appearance this December, as a full-length (200-page) mass market paperback of weird and eerie fiction partly inspired by the old Pan Books of Horror. I'll be adding details on how to order it to this page in the near future (although some of you might already have pre-ordered, via our Kickstarter - in which case, thank you!). In the meantime, I wanted to share some of the essays and interviews I've done to promote it. Hopefully they'll go some way towards explaining why I've decided to launch it, why I'm attracted to the weird and the eerie - and what exactly those terms mean. Here are some links to the key pieces: Face the Strange: A Case for the Weird and the Eerie on the Ginger Nuts of Horror website. Everything is Weird These Days on the

Found in the Crowd: the Case for Crowdfunding Anthologies

Photo by The Conmunity ( Recently, in certain literary circles, there’s been a lot of chatter about the future of the short story. Some feel that we’re seeing a resurgence of the short form, citing the phenomenal success of George Saunders as proof. Others feel that the popularity of stories has steadily declined in recent years. In his generally positive introduction to The Penguin Book of the British Short Story , even Philip Hensher was forced to admit that ‘reading short stories rewarded by competitions, I was struck by present-tense solitary reflections, often with characters lying on their beds affectlessly pondering… There was nothing there at all, apart from a fervent desire to win £30,000.’ What everyone appears to agree on is the fact that publishers don’t know what to do with short stories. Occasionally the larger publishers will humour an established author – Hilary Mantel, Lionel Shriver – by allowing