About

Undertow Publications is an independent press dedicated to short fiction of exceptional literary merit. The editor believes that the short story is the perfect art form. Our goal is to keep this art form alive and viable; to share great new contemporary writing; and to prove that the short story is a vital mode of literature that displays great craft, is entertaining, provocative, and comments on society and the human condition in imaginative ways.

Year’s Best Weird Fiction, and Shadows & Tall Trees are the flagship publications of Undertow Publications (UP). In 2010 and 2013 Shadows & Tall Trees was a finalist for the British Fantasy Award for Best Periodical/Magazine, and in 2014 it was a finalist for the World Fantasy Award, and Shirley Jackson Award. In 2009, to much acclaim, we published Apparitions, our first book, an anthology of ghost stories. Apparitions was a finalist for the Shirley Jackson Award.

Peter Straub has called Shadows & Tall Trees “A beautiful and courageous journal.”

Stories published in Shadows & Tall Trees have been selected for reprint in Best British Horror; The Best Horror of the Year; The Best British Stories; The Year’s Best Dark Fantasy & Horror; Imaginarium: The Best Canadian Speculative Fiction; The Year’s Best Australian Fantasy & Horror; Wilde Stories: The Best Gay Speculative Fiction, and Year’s Best Weird Fiction.  They have been nominated for the World Fantasy, Shirley Jackson, and British Fantasy Awards. Many notable authors have graced the pages of Shadows & Tall Trees, including Robert Shearman, Steve Rasnic Tem, Alison Moore, Nicholas Royle, Simon Strantzas, and Nina Allan.

About the editor:

Michael Kelly is the Series Editor for the Year’s Best Weird Fiction, and a World Fantasy Award, Shirley Jackson Award, and British Fantasy Award Nominee.

He is the author of two short story collections, Scratching the Surface, and Undertow and Other Laments, as well as co-author of the novel Ouroboros. His fiction has appeared widely in anthologies and journals, including All Hallows, Best New Horror 21 & 24, Black Static, Carlton Arts Review, Electric Velocipede, Flesh & Blood, Imaginarium: The Best Canadian Speculative Fiction, The Literary Journal, Murmurations, Plum Ruby Review, PostScripts, Space & Time, Supernatural Tales, Tesseracts 13 & 16, and Weird Fiction Review. He has also edited several anthologies, including Apparitions, Chilling Tales, Chilling Tales 2, Shadows & Tall Trees (Vols. 1 – 6) , Songs From Dead Singers, Year’s Best Weird Fiction (Vols. 1, & 2).