Guest Editor announced for Year’s best Weird Fiction Vol. 5

Robert Shearman to Edit Volume 5 of ‘Year’s Best Weird Fiction’

Press release

Toronto, Canada, May 2017 — Robert Shearman, a wildly inventive writer of strange fiction, will guest-edit volume 5 of the Year’s Best Weird Fiction for Undertow Publications. Shearman’s work has been nominated for several awards, and has been reprinted in numerous “Year’s Best” anthologies.


“I was truly honoured when Mike asked me to edit a volume of this terrific series,” Shearman said. “Undertow Publications is doing incredibly important and relevant work, revitalizing the field of weird fiction.”


“I’m delighted that Rob has graciously agreed to edit volume 5 in the series,” Kelly said. “He’s one of our greatest writers; an intelligent and perceptive reader and critic with a unique sensibility.”


Robert Shearman has written five short story collections, and between them they have won the World Fantasy Award, the Shirley Jackson Award, the Edge Hill Readers Prize, and three British Fantasy Awards. His plays for the theatre have won the Sunday Times Playwriting Award, the World Drama Trust Award, and the Guinness Award for Ingenuity in association with the Royal National Theatre. He is a regular writer for BBC Radio, and his own interactive drama series The Chain Gang has won two Sony Awards. But he is probably best known for his work on Doctor Who, bringing back the Daleks for the BAFTA winning first series in an episode nominated for a Hugo.


Established in 2009 by writer Michael Kelly to champion short fiction, Undertow Publications (UP) is home to the acclaimed anthology series Shadows & Tall Trees, as well as the Year’s Best Weird Fiction, and numerous single-author collections. As editor, Kelly has been a finalist for the World Fantasy, Shirley Jackson, and British Fantasy Society Awards. His fiction has appeared in a number of venues.


Year’s Best Weird Fiction, Vol. 5 is now open to submissions. For submission guidelines, please query at

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