George and Gary share what they've been reading in February, including mysterious islands, wolves, Archie the Robot and time-travelling Victorians.
The ghost story, properly executed, is one of the finest forms the short story can take. Robert Aickman is famously quoted as saying the best ghost stories are ‘akin to poetry’. Writers of capital-L literature wrote supernatural fiction; Charles Dickens, Daphne du Maurier, Walter de la Mare, Guy de Maupassant, Nathaniel Hawthorne, Henry James and many many more. Why does the ghost story hold such a tight grip on our collective imagination?
Hot on the heels of our Déjà Vu, Unsung Stories are proud to announce The Beauty has just been published. That's right, twins! (Non-identical) We've got the advances here in the office and they look really rather fine. She's slim, elegant and punches above her weight.
The Beauty is available in paperback with digital formats following later this week. You can get your paperback direct from our store, www.unsungstories.co.uk/store, or order yours in from your local independent bookshop, Foyles, Waterstones, Blackwells, and all the other wonderful retailers out there.
Pre-orders will be going out imminently and you can now go and don't forget to harass your local bookstore until they are compelled to order up our entire stock.
People are saying some very nice things about the book too, with more in that in coming weeks. In fact, on behalf of Aliya and the Unsung scutters, thank you to all those people. In years to come, remember you said it first.
As to whoever put the novella on the long list for the 2015 British Fantasy Society Awards? We salute you.
I’m beginning to wonder if there’s an elephant in the room when it comes to sci-fi, fantasy, horror and all the other things that come under the umbrella of ‘speculative fiction’. It might just be that elephant is called Genre. The question is, are we approaching the point where it's more of a hinderance than a brave new world
Secure. Contain. Protect. These are the missions of the SCP Foundation. This site represents the archive of a secret global organisation which has been working since [REDACTED] to protect humanity from the bizarre and malicious things in existence. The world is so much weirder than the X-Files every thought people.