The Best of British Fantasy 2019

The Best of British Fantasy 2019 is out now

Today marks the publication date of The Best of British Fantasy 2019, edited by Jared Shurin. It contains my story ‘Wake the Dead’, which was original to my 2019 collection The Boughs Withered (When I Told Them My Dreams), published by British publisher NewCon Press.

The story has a decidedly folk horror slant (one of my favourite sub-genres), is set during Samhain in rural Ireland and features our eerie Straw Boys tradition…

You can buy as a paperback or a limited edition hardback from the publisher’s web site, or as a Kindle ebook from or

It’s an honour to share the Table of Contents with such a wealth of talented writers:

  • 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.

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