Monstrous Little Voices and Clockwork Canada available for pre-order

Cover design by Sam Gretton, based on the 1555 woodcut "On Nocturnal Dance of Fairies, in Other Words Ghosts" by Olaus Magnus.
Cover design by Sam Gretton, based on the 1555 woodcut “On Nocturnal Dance of Fairies, in Other Words Ghosts” by Olaus Magnus.

I’m excited about a couple of books coming out this spring, both of which are available to pre-order now:

Monstrous Little Voices: New Tales from Shakespeare’s Fantasy World is a project from Abaddon Books, edited by David Thomas Moore, to mark 400 years since Shakespeare’s death. It’s a cycle of five related novellas, each one about 15,000 to 20,000 words. Each will be published as its own e-book, and each can be read on its own, but there are some references, characters and storylines in common. The first, from Foz Meadows, drops on January 8.

Cover design by Sam Gretton, based on the 1497 woodcut "The Scholar in her Study" by Iacopo Filippo Foresti; and a woodcuts in the 1489 pamphlet "On Witches and Female Soothsayers."
Cover design by Sam Gretton, based on the 1497 woodcut “The Scholar in her Study” by Iacopo Filippo Foresti; and a woodcuts in the 1489 pamphlet “On Witches and Female Soothsayers.”

Mine is the second in the series, and it comes out January 22. (You can pre-order it now if you like.) It’s called The Course of True Love, it’s about 20,000 words, and I had a great deal of fun writing it. I started by asking what Shakespeare would do, if he were writing a story for this book. The answer seemed obvious: steal a story from Ovid, change it a lot, have some fun with gender, throw in a lot of wordplay…

It’s followed by great novellas from Emma Newman and Adrian Tchaikovsky and the whole thing finishes with a really astonishing piece of writing by Jonathan Barnes. I’ve read the whole book now and I do recommend buying it when it comes out, in print or e-book, in March.

Cover by Steve Menard
Cover by Steve Menard

The very talented Dominik Parisien has edited an anthology for Exile Editions called Clockwork Canada. He began with a broad and thoughtful definition of steampunk, and I already admire the work of several of the writers in this book, so I’m thrilled to have a story in it. “The Seven O’Clock Man” is a dark historical fantasy about love and family and community, and for me it’s a bit of a nod to the Quebec side of my own ancestry. Clockwork Canada comes out in May and you can pre-order it now if you’re inclined.

You can read the Table of Contents here.

 

 

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