Frost on Glass

by Ian R. MacLeod
Frost on Glass by Ian R. MacLeod 7.50   2

Cover art by Jethro Lentle.

In the title novella of this collection, a famous, creatively-blocked novelist faces exile or execution unless he can write a new story, and the theme of writing threads through the pages of this dazzling new collection.

The book contains eleven stories that explore strange pasts and new futures, plus non-fiction pieces drawn from the writer’s life, substantial commentaries on the origins and development of each of the stories, and a major new essay on how ideas are developed.

Both a magnificent gathering of fiction and a penetrating examination of the craft of writing, Frost on Glass memorably showcases and analyses the storytelling genius of Ian R MacLeod.


  • Introduction: Don’t Look Back
  • The Discovered Country
  • Afterword: Silver Machines
  • Hector Douglas Makes a Sale
  • Afterword: A Cul-de-Sac in Los Angeles
  • Foreword: Different Warts and All
  • A Truncated Life in Books
  • The Cold Step Beyond
  • Afterword: The Future isn’t Real
  • A Concise and Ready Guide
  • Afterword: Bloody Dragons
  • An Empty Grey Cell of One’s Own
  • Re-Crossing the Styx
  • Afterword: On Being Dark
  • The Traveller and the Book
  • Afterword: On Writing Rubbish
  • I’ve Got This Idea For A Story...
  • The Crane Method
  • Afterword: Rejection
  • The Decline of the English Ghost story
  • Letter to Will
  • Afterword: Those Who Can’t...
  • Me and the Mushroom Cloud
  • Tumbling Nancy
  • Afterword: Other Writers
  • Frost on Glass
  • Afterword: Writer’s Block
  • Entangled
  • Afterword: Volcanoes and Dinosaurs

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Release date August 2015
Details updated August 28, 2015
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