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.



Cover art and design copyright © 2015 by Vince Haig

  3 comments for “Press Release – Skein and Bone

  1. January 3, 2015 at 6:09 am

    fantastic cover, I wish the book every success.

    • Michael
      January 3, 2015 at 6:12 am

      Thanks, Rebecca!

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