The Shadow Booth: Vol. 3 out now – FREE launch event on 11 April!

Jared can feel the tower blocks looming overhead, three concrete sentinels watching as he runs.  He knows he has less than a minute before his pursuers are on him, but as he rounds the corner into the alley he stops, dead. There’s a strange canvas structure propped against the wall, a hand-made sign scrawled on a scrap of cardboard. Enter the Shadow Booth, it says, and you will never be the same again.

The Shadow Booth is back for its third volume, available now from our online store. An international journal of weird and uncanny fiction, The Shadow Booth is dedicated to publishing emerging and established writers of the strange, exploring that dark, murky hinterland between mainstream horror and literary fiction. Stories from Vols. 1 & 2 have been selected for The Best Horror of the Year (ed. Ellen Datlow), The Year’s Best Weird Fiction (eds. Michael Kelly & Robert Shearman) and Best British Horror (ed. Johnny Mains).

Volume 3 includes new weird and uncanny fiction by:

  • Nick Adams
  • Judy Birkbeck
  • Raquel Castro
  • Armel Dagorn
  • Jill Hand
  • Richard V. Hirst
  • Verity Holloway
  • Tim Major
  • Annie Neugebauer
  • Robert Shearman
  • Gregory J. Wolos

Paperbacks and ebooks are available here.

We’re also holding a FREE launch event in London on Thursday 11 April, with readings from Robert Shearman, Judy Birkbeck and Tim Major. The event starts at 7pm at The North by Northwest, a Hitchcock-themed pub in Islington. You can find full details and RSVP here.

Enter the Shadow Booth and you will never be the same again…

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The Manchester Review: Issue 11 is now live!

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We’re delighted to announce that the latest issue of The Manchester Review is now live. It’s our eleventh outing, and as always, it features a selection of new and exciting short fiction from writers based here in the UK as well as much further afield.  In previous editions, we have had the pleasure of publishing work by Martin Amis, John Banville, Jennifer Egan, Ali Smith, Kevin Barry and Colm Toibin; this winter, we’re proud to welcome Richard Lea, Richard Hirst, Torii Grabowski, Elvis Bego, Kathryn Kruse and Peter Frederick Matthews to our pages, accompanied by stunning artwork from Mary Griffiths. To whet your appetites, here’s a couple of teasers…

This is how it will start. You see him on stage, strumming a blue Stetson, his mouth tightened in concentration. You look at him through your viewfinder and capture him singing along with the chorus. He looks directly into your camera, and you let it hang loose around your neck. You hold his gaze, then look away. It will be a game, and you will win. That is how it will start.

Torii Grabowski

His question is this: Does the violence stop at a certain age? Will he, when he is 17, when he is 25, when he is 36, when he is living his real life and has finally become the person he is meant to be, will he still be eyeing up every other person he comes across, assessing whether or not they are about to attack him? And if so, will he really ever be his true self? Can he imagine living with this constant threat and suspicion and not remain a boy who makes bargains with himself, pretending nothing will happen so that nothing will happen, a person lurking at the fringes of their own life, endlessly compromising, waiting for some phoney future when they can finally take up residence at the centre of things, afraid for it ever to be now?

Peter Frederick Matthews

Intrigued? Click through to read more. We’re currently closed for submissions, but we’ll reopen in the New Year with an announcement about our Spring and Autumn issues for 2014. Stay tuned!

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Valerie O’Riordan, Ian McGuire, John McAuliffe (editors)