Skulk & #BFawards2016

Fox Spirit BFS

Whoohoo! Glad to see some Fox Spirit skulk nominated for British Fantasy Society awards, including Fox Spirit as best small press AGAIN! After winning last year, it’s really great to see that Aunty Fox AKA Adele’s commitment to quality continues to be recognised. It’s a strong field all around, which speaks to the richness of the community. I must say I’m pleased to see a nomination for Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell, too, as I don’t think it’s got near enough acclaim.

Here are the Fox Spirit nominees:

Best independent press
Fox Spirit Books (Adele Wearing)

Best artist
Sarah Anne Langton

Best anthology
African Monsters, ed. Margrét Helgadóttir and Jo Thomas (Fox Spirit Books)

Best collection
The Stars Seem So Far Away, Margrét Helgadóttir (Fox Spirit Books)

See the whole list of nominees here: congratulations to all for such excellence!

Happy Birthday, Fox Spirit Books!

HB Fox Spirit

A big happy birthday to Fox Spirit Books! Two years old already and so many many books out there, including several I wrote, edited or contributed to in some way. Under the insightful guidance of the fearless Adele Wearing, the Muse who Kicks You in the Face®, the collection that kicked things off — Tales of the Nun and Dragon — has been followed by a wealth of gorgeous, genre-ending volumes that have in common both the little fox head logo and a commitment to excellence — from the hand-picked list of authors, through the rigorous editing process (we love you, Daz, even when we’re cursing ;-)), through the detailed process of formatting by the wonderful Handebooks, until at last they are wrapped in the beautiful covers designed by fabulous artists like S. L. Johnson, Sarah Langton, Daniele Serra and Vince Holland-Keene.

So raise a glass, look back to see how far we’ve come — and jump into the future!

We are the music makers,
And we are the dreamers of dreams,
Wandering by lone sea-breakers,
And sitting by desolate streams;—
World-losers and world-forsakers,
On whom the pale moon gleams:
Yet we are the movers and shakers
Of the world for ever, it seems.
           ~ Arthur O’Shaughnessy

 Be sure to sign up for the Fox Spirit Books newsletter to keep abreast of things and drop by the Facebook page or follow Aunty Fox on Twitter today for the celebrations and give me something to sing about!

All the Fox Spirit titles I’ve been part of so far (click on the image to go shopping) — more soon!

Pulpy Pulchritude!

Extricate Throw the Bones Dual Cover

How about that? That’s the wraparound cover by Sarah Anne Langton for the Fox Spirit print edition of Extricate which will be joined by another novella Throw the Bones, plus a dozen short stories of various lengths and vintages. Yes, more titles inspired by The Fall. You can bet I will be posting the news everywhere when it’s available. In the meantime I’ll just keep stroking the shiny cover on my computer screen.

Tony Lane interviewed me about all the craziness of impersonating Graham Wynd and other personas, editing, the fate of short stories and more. Drop by and say hi to Tony.

Chuffed to find more five star reviews of Rook Chant, thanks to Gareth Spark mentioning he was enjoying reading it. I just love seeing stars!

I’ll leave you with some inspirational music while I get back to opening boxes and figuring out where things go —