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The Best of British Fantasy 2019 is now out! I am incredibly honoured that editor Jared Shurin chose JOSS PAPERS FOR PORCELAIN GHOSTS for inclusion in the anthology. Here is the full table of contents:


Introduction – Jared Shurin

A Manual for Avoiding Further Harm from [REDACTED] –

Helen McClory

Tyrannosaurs Bask in the Warmth of the Asteroid – Gareth E. Rees

Burrowing Machines – Sara Saab

Birds Fell From the Sky and Each One Spoke in Your Voice – Kirsty Logan

A Few Things I Miss About Skeletons – Tom Offland

Tilt – Karen Onojaife

Mr Fox – Heather Parry

Joss Papers for Porcelain Ghosts – Eliza Chan

The Fisher – Melanie Harding-Shaw

Canst Thou Draw Out the Leviathan – Christopher Caldwell

What the Sea Reaps, We Must Provide – Eleanor R. Wood

No Children – E. Saxey

The Colossus Stops – Dafydd McKimm

Wake the Dead – Maura McHugh

Why Aren't Millennials Continuing Traditional Worship of the Elder Dark? – Matt Dovey

Demolition – Nick Adams

The Redemption of Billy Zane – Liz Jones

What It Sounds Like When You Fall – Natalia Theodoridou

Competing Before the King – Leila Aboulela

Dem Bones – Lavie Tidhar

Sin Eater – Chikodili Emelumadu

O Cul-de-Sac – Tim Major

Thank God in the Acknowledgements – Jess Brough

*Timekeeper's Tarot – Den Patrick [Bonus Story] available in the special hardback edition only.


The line-up is really quite impressive and I do feel like I have snuck in the backdoor with my story. Ah good old imposter syndrome. Isn't the eye-catching cover illustration so much fun? The limited edition hardback is exceptional pleasing: I think this is the first time my work has been in a hardback edition and it makes me feel like a fancypants author now. :P


You can get your copy from Amazon or directly from the publisher Newcon Press here.


The word "British" means many things these days. Complex connotations that I never had as a child. Some people use it to be exclusionary, to prop up the homogeneous stereotypes of what it means to be British. I'm glad this anthology celebrates the diversity of talent and people that fall under the umbrella. This is my first Best of... anthology and despite everything going on the world generally and SFF circles specifically, when I look at the contents page it does make me hopeful for the future of the genre. We can all do better, recent events worldwide have certainly hammered that home, but we are further along the path than previously.


I'll have some more short story news this month so watch this space!


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