Press Release – Skein and Bone

For Immediate Release

Debut collection from V. H. Leslie

Toronto, Canada, January 2015 — V. H. Leslie’s first book, ‘Skein and Bone,’ a collection of strange and supernatural tales, is forthcoming from Undertow Publications, July 2015.

“I’m beyond excited to be working with Undertow,” Leslie said. “Michael Kelly is a champion of the short story and he produces beautiful books. This is the perfect home for Skein and Bone.”

Leslie’s fiction has appeared in Best British Horror 2014, Black Static, Interzone, Shadows & Tall Trees, Strange Tales IV, The Best British Fantasy 2014, and others. She’s also an accomplished illustrator, and lives in Portsmouth, United Kingdom.

“I’m excited to be working with Victoria on her first collection,” Kelly said. “Her stories haunt and beguile. They’re an elegant amalgam of Shirley Jackson and M.R. James, and I’ve loved every one.”

Advance praise for Skein and Bone:

“The strange and vivid worlds in V.H. Leslie’s stories have a nightmarish fairy tale quality to them – a pantry full of secrets, nursery wallpaper whose pattern resembles ‘a forest of umbilical cords’, a crinoline petticoat ‘like an enormous birdcage’. An absorbing and gorgeously unsettling collection.”

– Alison Moore, Author of The Lighthouse (Short-Listed for the Man Booker Prize)

“A delicate and considered approach to richly imaginative stories.”

– Adam Nevill, Author of No One Gets Out Alive

“Tales of quiet unease, enigmatic, beautifully told, varied and darkly poetic. Your trepidation with a V.H. Leslie story is not that you might be disappointed but rather the thrill of just how good it is going to be.”

– Stephen Volk, Author of Whitstable

“V.H. Leslie’s fiction builds in intensity, but at the same time possesses a strange, silky kind of calm. Like a spider, she constructs delicate webs, and she lures you in with elegant, oblique writing. There is an almost unbearable patience to her stories, and, in the best possible sense, a horrible inevitability that shivers within them.”

– Conrad Williams, Author of The Unblemished

Established in 2009 by writer Michael Kelly, Undertow Publications (UP) is home to the acclaimed weird journal Shadows & Tall Trees, as well as Year’s Best Weird Fiction. (UP) and publish/editor Kelly have been hailed by Peter Straub, Glen Hirshberg, and others. Stories from (UP) are regularly reprinted in annual “Best Of” anthologies. Kelly has been a finalist for the Shirley Jackson and British Fantasy Society Awards, and his fiction has appeared in a number of venues.

Forthcoming from Undertow Publications:

‘These Last Embers,’ by Simon Strantzas, February 2015.

‘Aickman’s Heirs,’ edited by Simon Strantzas, May 2015.

‘Skein and Bone,’ by V.H. Leslie, July 2015.

‘Year’s Best Weird Fiction, Vol. 2,’ edited by Kathe Koja and Michael Kelly, October 2015.

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These Last Embers moving quickly

More than half the copies of ‘These Last Embers’ have been reserved. If you were thinking of picking one up, please don’t hesitate. They are moving quickly.

Strictly limited to 200 numbered copies, and signed by both Simon and Drazen, this is truly a one-of-a-kind collectable. There will not be an eBook edition.

“These Last Embers” will be released in February 2015. It’s a terrific new story from Simon Strantzas, not available anywhere else. We are now taking pre-orders. The books will undoubtedly sell quickly. Act now to secure an early number.

These Last Embers (Feb. 2015, Undertow Publications)
16 pages, plus full cover wraparound
Strictly limited to 200 signed and numbered copies
Signed by Simon Strantzas AND Drazen Kozjan
ISBN: 978-0-9938951-7-3
Price, including shipping: $10 to North America, $14 to Rest of World

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The Best British Horror 2015

Johnny Mains has posted the table of contents to his Best British Horror 2015, due in the Spring, and it’s a corker. Very happy to say he saw fit to include four – yes four! – stories from Shadows & Tall Trees 6 in the anthology: ‘Shaddertown’ by Conrad Williams, ‘Summerside’ by Alison Moore, ‘Night Porter’ by Raymond Russell, and ‘Apple Pie and Sulphur’ by Christopher Harman. Congratulations to Johnny and everyone who is in the book.

Table of Contents – Aickman’s Heirs

Editor Simon Strantzas has announced the line-up for Aickman’s Heirs. And it’s fantastic.

Nina Allan – “Change of Scene”

Nadia Bulkin – “Seven Minutes in Heaven”

Michael Cisco – “Infestations”

Malcolm Devlin – “Two Brothers”

Brian Evenson – “Seaside Town”

Richard Gavin – “Neithernor”

John Howard – “Least Light, Most Night”

John Langan – “Underground Economy”

Helen Marshall – “Vault of Heaven”

Daniel Mills – “The Lake”

David Nickle – “Camp”

Lynda E. Rucker – “The Dying Season”

Lisa Tuttle – “The Book That Finds You”

D.P. Watt – “A Delicate Craft”

Michael Wehunt – “A Discreet Music”

Aickman’s Heirs will be available in Spring 2015 in trade-paperback and eBook.

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New Simon Strantzas – “These Last Embers”

I’m very happy to present “These Last Embers,” a stand-alone story in chapbook form, from acclaimed weird fiction author Simon Strantzas, with wraparound art by renowned artist Drazen Kozjan.

Strictly limited to 200 numbered copies, and signed by both Simon and Drazen, this is truly a one-of-a-kind collectable. There will not be an eBook edition.

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“These Last Embers” will be released in February 2015. It’s a terrific new story from Simon Strantzas, not available anywhere else. We are now taking pre-orders. The books will undoubtedly sell quickly. Act now to secure an early number.

“A beautifully strange little piece. “These Last Embers” is the kind of story that worms its way quietly beneath your skin and only begins to burn once it’s too late for you to claw it out.”
– Brian Evenson, Author of ‘Windeye’.

“With a dash of Arthur Machen and a sprinkling of Rod Serling, Simon Strantzas continues to fuse the influence of his forebears into something uniquely his own. He never forgets the humanity at the heart of every story, and in “These Last Embers” it is on terrible, aching display.”
– Nathan Ballingrud, Author of ‘North American Lake Monsters’.

These Last Embers (Feb. 2015, Undertow Publications)
16 pages, plus full cover wraparound
Strictly limited to 200 signed and numbered copies
Signed by Simon Strantzas AND Drazen Kozjan
ISBN: 978-0-9938951-7-3
Price, including shipping: $10 to North America, $14 to Rest of World

To pre-order, visit

http://www.undertowbooks.com/embers/

or send payment to:

undertowbooks@gmail.com

Best,

-Michael

 

Reading for Year’s Best Weird Fiction, Vol. 2

Friends, we are still reading for Year’s Best Weird Fiction, Vol. 2. Make sure you or your publisher gets me your stories. But, please, ensure that they are ‘weird’ fiction and not just another rehashed tale of a middle-class family suffering some angsty suburban ennui.
Guidelines are here. Please read them. I’m still getting a lot of submissions that aren’t reprints, or were published before 2014.

https://bestweirdfiction.submittable.com/submit

Free eBooks

Want 2 free eBooks? For a limited time I am offering a free eBook of both Year’s Best Weird Fiction AND Shadows & Tall Trees 2014 when you buy a copy of the trade-paperback version of Year’s Best Weird Fiction from your favourite retailer, online or otherwise. Simply e-mail me Proof of Purchase and I will send along both eBooks.

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