Unsung update: Grievances, live lit and Missives book launch

It’s been a busy spring so far, with lots of things happening at Unsung Stories. I still occasionally have days wondering how I managed to land this gig, and here’s a few reasons why it’s all pretty exciting.

Unsung Signals

First, we’ve launched Unsung Signals, a digital line focusing on mid-length fiction, novellas, small collections and the like. This came about because we had some submissions come in which were excellent, but completely the wrong length to print. So rather than rail about the economic realities of physical products and small presses, we made Signals.

Winter by Dan Grace is already out, a wonderful piece of writing about revolution, folklore and magic. It’s confident elliptical stuff, etching out a world in so few strokes.

Our second title, The Bearer of Grievances by Joseph McKinley, was published on Monday and I love it. It’s a collection of 8 stories, all linked, all full of the same black comedy. It’s a satire on bureaucracy and technology which reminds me of Terry Gilliam, David Cronenberg and Douglas Adams. It makes me do the same inappropriate laugh that Ben Wheatley films do. And I’m normally the one telling people how hard SF comedy is to write.

Unsung Live #3

The third instalment of our SFF live lit night takes place on 27th April at the Star of Kings, Kings Cross. This is a great fun night where authors get a platform to perform short fiction. This time we’re very proud to say we have Stephanie Saulter (Gemsigns, Binary, Regeneration) and Ian Whates (Pelquin’s Shadow, City of a Hundred Rows and founder of NewCon Press), with more TBC.

Tickets are free but limited, so RSVP to secure your place.

The Arrival of The Arrival of Missives

More Aliya Whiteley! After the wonderful response we had to The Beauty, it’s really exciting to say that we are publishing Aliya’s new book The Arrival of Missives.

The launch party is on 3rd May 2016 at Blackwells Holborn and is free and open to all. Come help us celebrate, hear Aliya read and answer questions, and maybe share a cider with me once I’ve put the microphone down.

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