What factors help us to decide to try a new author? Reviews and recommendations from friends help but I have also found that hearing someone speak and enjoying what they say can be a good (albeit not infallible) pointer to a writer worth investigating. As some of you may remember, James Brogden is a local writer who was a guest at the BSFG in March 2013. Since that appearance he has published two further novels (Tourmaline and The Realt, both published by Snow Books) and this short story collection, Evocations. I must confess that I have not read his novels but have enjoyed some of his short stories in previous anthologies.
Evocations is a collection of sixteen of James’ short stories, most previously published elsewhere with a couple of new additions. The stories all contain an element of the fantastical but are also rooted in the real (and mostly modern) world. Some of the stories also verge into horror.
Dead Water and Other Weird Tales by David A Sutton received an effusive review in the Birmingham SF Group Newsletter this month:
This collection contains eighteen stories dating from 1976 to 2015, including two completely new stories. The stories display an impressive imagination and vary extensively in theme although all contain some element of the fantastical or weird. This is a very strong collection and although some of the stories are horrific they are usually subtle and build tension very effectively … This is my favourite [collection] for quite some time and I would emphatically recommend it if you like speculative fiction.
You can read the full review by following this link. Dead Water is available in print and eBook editions from Amazon and other online bookstores.
Friday the thirteenth. Lucky 13. What better day to launch our three latest titles? On that day we officially launch:
Dead Water and Other Weird Tales by David A. Sutton, with an introduction by David A. Riley and interior art by Jim Pitts.
Whatever it was, the object was too large for a bird, too slim for a boat, too streamlined for flotsam… She pressed her face closer to the glass, fascinated and terrified at the same time. In the net … bilious white, flesh that might have been partly consumed by some predator.
My eyes could not block out the sight of the shapes, flopping, wading, barking as they inexorably massed in my direction… the texture of their skins bore the suggestion of the final stages of gangrenous flesh.
Eighteen stories of horror, fantasy and science fiction from award-winning editor and writer David A. Sutton: