The Best of British Fantasy 2019

‘Wake the Dead’ in The Best of British Fantasy 2019

I’m very grateful to Jared Shurin for selecting my story ‘Wake the Dead’ for The Best of British Fantasy 2019, which is now available for pre-order.

Of course when Jared approached me he knew I wasn’t British, but the story is original to my 2019 collection The Boughs Withered (When I Told Them My Dreams), which is published by British publisher NewCon Press.

We discussed the matter and I agreed to be included, which is indeed an honour considering the wealth of talent I’m among.

The British Horror/Fantasy scene has always been hugely welcoming of me and my work, and I can easily state that my writing would not be at its current stage without the support, guidance and attention of British editors and publishers.

Table of contents:

  • Leila Aboulela – ‘Competing Before the King’
  • Nick Adams – ‘Demolition’
  • Jess Brough – ‘Thank God in the Acknowledgements’
  • Christopher Caldwell – ‘Canst Thou Draw Out the Leviathan’
  • Eliza Chan – ‘Joss Papers for Porcelain Ghosts’
  • Matt Dovey – ‘Why Aren’t Millennials Continuing Traditional Worship of the Elder Dark?’
  • Chikodili Emelumadu – ‘Sin Eater’
  • Melanie Harding-Shaw – ‘The Fisher’
  • Liz Jones – ‘The Redemption of Billy Zane’
  • Kirsty Logan – ‘Birds Fell From the Sky and Each One Spoke in Your Voice’
  • Tim Major – ‘O Cul-de-Sac’
  • Helen McClory – ‘A Manual for Avoiding Further Harm from [Redacted]’
  • Maura McHugh – ‘Wake the Dead’
  • Dafydd McKimm – ‘The Colossus Stops’
  • Tom Offland – ‘A Few Things I Miss About Skeletons’
  • Karen Onojaife – ‘Tilt’
  • Heather Parry – ‘Mr Fox’
  • Den Patrick – ‘Timekeeper’s Tarot’
  • Gareth E. Rees – ‘Tyrannosaurs Bask in the Warmth of the Asteroid’
  • Sara Saab – ‘Burrowing Machines’
  • E Saxey – ‘No Children’
  • Natalia Theodoridou – “What It Sounds Like When You Fall”
  • Lavie Tidhar – ‘Dem Bones’
  • Eleanor R. Wood – ‘What the Sea Reaps, We Must Provide’

The beautiful cover art is by Jonathan Edwards.

The Best of British Fantasy 2019