2017 acquisitions announced!

We are proud to announce the acquisition of three new titles due for publication in 2017: Metronome by Oliver Langmead (Jan ‘17), Pseudotooth by Verity Holloway (Apr ‘17) and You Will Grow Into Them (Jun ‘17) by Malcolm Devlin.

Metronome is literary fantasy featuring an ageing musician who finds himself caught up in the war between the forces of dream and nightmare; only his music can unlock the secrets at the heart of the Maelstrom. This is the followup to Dark Star, Langmead’s SF epic poem which was nominated for the Guardian’s Not the Booker award.

Pseudotooth follows Aisling who suffers from mysterious pseudo-seizures. Abandoned in Suffolk with stern Aunt Edyth, she finds herself drawn into a strange world of decaying cities where Our Friend rules, and those who dissent must face The Quiet.

You Will Grow Into Them is the debut collection from Malcolm Devlin. Having been published in Interzone, Black Static and the Aickman’s Heirs collection, Devlin’s stories explore the unsettling and strange reaches of the mundane world, from werewolves and ghosts to a disturbing cabaret and and a cul-de-sac that comes to a literal dead end. 

We are very happy to be working with Oliver again, and to be launching two more debut writers. Unsung Stories is about showcasing new talent and we are delighted to be able to continue that mission, continuing our commitment to publishing challenging literature.

About the authors

  • Oliver Langmead was born in Edinburgh and lives in Glasgow. He has an LLB in Law, and an MLitt in Writing Practice and Study with a distinction, and is currently working towards an MLitt in Fantasy. His first book, Dark Star, featured in the Guardian's Best Books of 2015.
  • Verity Holloway was born in Gibraltar in 1986, and grew up following her Navy family around the world. She graduated from Cambridge’s Anglia Ruskin University with a First Class BA in Literature and Creative Writing and went on to earn a Distinction Masters in Literature.

    Her short stories and poems have been widely published, with her story 'Cremating Imelda' being nominated for the Pushcart Prize. In 2012 she published her first chapbook, Contraindications. Her novella, Beauty Secrets of The Martyrs, was released in 2015. Her first non-fiction book, The Mighty Healer: Thomas Holloway’s Patent Medicine Empire (Pen & Sword), a biography of her Victorian cousin who made his fortune with questionable remedies, was published in 2016. @Verity_Holloway

  • Malcolm Devlin's stories have appeared, or are forthcoming in Interzone, Black Static and the anthologies Aickman's Heirs, Gods, Memes and Monsters and Nightscript Volume 2. He attended the Clarion West writers's workshop in 2013. @barquing