The Shadow Booth: Vol. 1 – Free Launch Event in London with Unsung Live

This coming Tuesday, 16th January 2018, we’re holding the London launch event for The Shadow Booth: Vol. 1, in partnership with Unsung Live! The event is FREE, but please RSVP using the link at the bottom of this post if you’d like to come along.

The evening will feature readings by RICHARD V. HIRST and GARY BUDDEN, both featured in Volume 1. There will also be readings by Unsung guests JAMES MILLER and STEPHEN ORAM – so prepare yourself for an evening of speculative readings, heated discussion, and the weird and wonderful. The event starts at 7pm on Tuesday 16th, and runs until about 9.30pm. It takes place at The Star of Kings, 126 York Way, London (near King’s Cross).

Reading this evening, we have:

JAMES MILLER: James Miller is the author of the novels LOST BOYS (Little, Brown 2008) SUNSHINE STATE (Little, Brown 2010) and most recently UNAMERICAN ACTIVITIES (Dodo Ink 2017) as well as numerous short stories and articles. He is senior lecturer in Creative Writing at Kingston University where he runs the MA in creative writing.

GARY BUDDEN: Gary Budden writes fiction and creative non-fiction about the intersections of British sub-culture, landscape, psychogeography, hidden history, nature, horror, weird fiction and more. A lot of it falls under the banner ‘landscape punk’. His work has appeared in The Shadow Booth: Vol. 1, Black Static, Unthology, Year’s Best Weird Fiction, The Lonely Crowd, Litro, Structo, The Quietus and many more. He was shortlisted for the 2015 London Short Story Award, and his story ‘Greenteeth’ was nominated for a 2017 British Fantasy Award and adapted into a short film by the filmmaker Adam Scovell. He also co-runs the indie publisher Influx Press. His debut fiction collection, HOLLOW SHORES, was published by Dead Ink Books in October 2017. He might also be part of the Eden Book Society.

RICHARD V. HIRST: Richard V. Hirst is from Manchester. His writing has appeared in The Shadow Booth: Vol. 1, The Guardian, The Big Issue and Time Out. His latest book is THE NIGHT VISITORS, an award-winning ghost story co-written with Jenn Ashworth and told entirely via emails.

STEPHEN ORAM: Stephen Oram writes science fiction and is lead curator for near-future fiction at Virtual Futures. Currently, he’s the cultural partner in a collaborative project with scientists at King’s College, London – they do the science he does the fiction. He’s been a hippie-punk, religious-squatter and an anarchist-bureaucrat; he thrives on contradictions. He is published in several anthologies, has two published novels, QUANTUM CONFESSIONS and FLUENCE. His recent collection of sci-fi shorts, EATING ROBOTS and Other Stories, was described by the Morning Star as one of the top radical works of fiction in 2017.

All are welcome, so please come along for an evening of free speculative fiction and good company!

If you’re interested in coming, please RSVP via the Meetup link here. See you at the Star!

(Note: If you can’t make it along, but would like to read The Shadow Booth, we now have paperbacks and ebooks available via our online store. Volume 1 includes stories by Alison Moore, Paul Tremblay, Gary Budden, Malcolm Devlin, Annie Neugebauer, Richard V. Hirst and many more.)

Unsung Live #3, 27/04/16

 

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Unsung Live #3

Wednesday 27th April, 7pm

The Star of Kings

126 York Way, London N1 OAX

After the success and all-round fun of Unsung Live #2, Unsung Stories are happy to announce our return to The Star of Kings for our third evening of storytelling for fans of speculative fiction.

The lineup this time includes:

• Stephanie Saulter writes what she likes to think is literary science fiction. Born in Jamaica, she earned her degree at MIT and spent over a decade in the United States before moving to England in 2003. She’s best known as the author of the ®Evolution trilogy: Gemsigns, Binary and Regeneration are set in a near-future London, and use the lens of an altered humanity to take a new look at the old issues of race, class, inequality and social conflict. Stephanie’s short story ‘Audiovisionary’ deals with mental illness and possibly aliens, and was  published in 2014 in the anthology Paradox. She lives in London, blogs unpredictably at stephaniesaulter.com and tweets only slightly more reliably as @scriptopus.

• Ian Whates launched independent publisher NewCon Press in 2006, quite by accident (buy him a pint sometime and he’ll tell you about it). Through NewCon he has been privileged to publish original stories from some of the biggest names in genre fiction. He is the author of, among others, the novels City of Dreams and Nightmare and The Noise Within.

http://www.ianwhates.co.uk

@NewConPress

+ MORE TBC

 

The event is FREE and all are welcome, but space is limited RSVP at the Meetup event to avoid missing out. Doors 7pm.

Make sure to sign up to Unsung Shorts and receive a brand-new piece of short fiction delivered to your inbox once a fortnight.

 

Here are some nice things people have said about our previous event:

At a time when publishing is struggling to make sense of the new world order, live events like this feel like the way forward. Go to the next one so in five years’ time you can say you were there.

– Andrew Wallace

The readings were a brilliant blend of touching, troubling, imaginative and comic tales.

– MegloBlog

 

Hope to see you all there!

Unsung Live #2: 20th October, RSVPs open

Cast your mind back to the heady days of June, when the sun was shining, the drinks were flowing and one evening people gathered around a microphone to hear tales of worlds that don’t exist. They were fun, right?

Well after a near nearly filling the venue at the last Unsung Live event we couldn’t resist doing it all over again. Only this time it won’t be so incredibly hot, which is all that an Englishman ever wishes for. Am I right?

We are very happy to announce that Unsung Live #2 will take place on 20th October at the Star of Kings, Kings Cross.

Our readers this time include another Shirley Jackson Award nominee, a live-lit vet of the north and one of the most striking new writers this humble publisher has seen since Desirina Boskovich. With a combined distance travelled of over 7000 miles, and a formidable list of publication credits we’re planning on offering you a night of the best kind of surprises.

  • David Hartley – David is a writer of strange stories, his fiction having appeared in numerous places including StructoDark FictionThe Alarmist and two Boo Books anthologies; After the Fall (2014) andWe Can Improve You (2015). He has two collections of flash fiction, Threshold (Gumbo Press, 2015) and Merry Gentlemen.
    @DHartleyWriter
    www.davidhartleywriter.com
  • Cassandra Khaw – Cassandra is Ysbryd Games’ business cat and an Ars Technica UK contributor. Her short fiction can be found at Unsung ShortsTerraformShimmerThe Dark, and a variety of other places. She has a novella coming up with Abaddon Books sometime soon.
    @casskhaw
    about.me/khawcassandra
  • Robert Sharp – Robert is Head of Campaigns & Communications at English PEN, and author of the Shirley Jackson Award-nominated novella The Good Shabti.
    @robertsharp59
  • + more TBC

This event is completely free and open to all. Just remember space is limited, so RSVP at the Meetup event to avoid missing out.

Unsung Live #1: 25th June

Unsung Stories are running their inaugural night of storytelling for science fiction and fantasy fans on 25th June. Starting from 7pm in the Star of Kings in Kings Cross.

Unsung Live will feature stories from 4 rather talented authors. First we’ll have two of Unsung’s authors, Aliya Whiteley and Ian Hocking. Aliya is the author of numerous books and short stories, most recently The Beauty which has been shortlisted for the Shirley Jackson, James Tiptree and Saboteur Awards. Ian is the author of Deja Vu and more science fiction books. To keep them company we have Gary Budgen and Daniel Carpenter. Gary is a man with a great fistful of short story publications. Daniel is much the same, with extra ‘seasoned pro’ points for his work with Bad Language in Manchester.

Expect great stories, a friendly atmosphere and like-minded genre fans. The Star of Kings is a few minutes walk from Kings Cross and is already the home of lots of great genre clubs like the Post-Apocalyptic Book Club.

Event details and RSVP details can be found at our Meetup group – www.meetup.com/unsung