Britain has a long history of folk tales, ghost stories and other uncanny fictions, and these literary ley lines are still shimmering beneath the surface of this green and pleasant land. This strangeness crawls out from the dark places of the British imagination, seeping into our art and culture.
This Dreaming Isle is an anthology of new horror stories and weird fiction with a distinctly British ﬂavour. It collects together fifteen exclusive new stories that draw upon the landscape and history of the British Isles. Some explore the realms of myth and legend, others are firmly rooted in the present, engaging with the country’s forgotten spaces.
This Dreaming Isle reclaims the dark heart of Britain’s literary legacy,
featuring original fiction from:
• Ramsey Campbell, multiple award winning horror legend
• Alison Moore, author of The Lighthouse
• Andrew Michael Hurley, author of The Loney
• Tim Lebbon, author of Relics and many more
• Jenn Ashworth, author of Fell
• Aliya Whiteley, author of The Beauty and The Arrival of Missives
• Angela Readman, author of Don’t Try This at Home
• James Miller, author of UnAmerican Activities
• Stephen Volk, author of Leytonstone and more
• Catriona Ward, author of Rawblood
• Jeannette Ng, author of Under the Pendulum Sun
• Richard V. Hirst, author of The Night Visitors (with Jenn Ashworth)
• Gareth E. Rees, author of Marshlands and The Stone Tide
• Gary Budden, author of Hollow Shores
Title: This Dreaming Isle Author: Various Publisher: Unsung Stories ISBN (Print): 978-1-907389-59-7 ISBN (ePub): 978-1-907389-60-3 Publication: October 2018 Retail price: £9.99 Category: Short fiction, horror, weird fiction Trim size: B format Extent: 320 Binding: Paperback Rights: World, English
This Dreaming Isle Kickstarter hits target in 12 hours: stretch goal authors Littlewood, Shearman and Logan added
The latest anthology from Unsung Stories, THIS DREAMING ISLE, has met its Kickstarter crowdfunding target within 12 hours! Having met the original target of £2,500, three stretch goals have also been added to the campaign. At the £5,000 mark, a new story by Alison Littlewood will be added to the anthology; at £7,500, a new story by Robert Shearman; and at £10,000, a new story by Kirsty Logan.
The UK is torn, awaiting the outcome of the Brexit negotiations that will define who we are, who our children are. We dream of these islands, and what they will become.
Unsung Stories have gathered writers from across genre and literary fiction for a new anthology of short stories. Whilst we all struggle to understand what it means to live on the British Isles, the land prevails, and preserves secrets and memories older than our ability to remember them. By drawing together leading voices of horror and fantasy, our stories reveal the weird spaces between us.
Speaking about the anthology, Dan Coxon, Editor at Unsung Stories, said, “This Dreaming Isle looks to the past for its inspiration, but it also turns the looking glass towards Britain now, questioning who we are and who we are becoming. While they’re rooted in folk tales and local legends, these stories offer an unsettling, frightening glimpse of the nation we are today.
“Ranging from hauntings to mythical mer-people, it’s an anthology that offers a different definition of what Britain is: a land that is still emerging from the mist.”
This Dreaming Isle will be published by Unsung Stories in late 2018.