IUnthology 7 front cover‘m a big fan of Unthank Books’ Unthology series. Editors Ashley Stokes and Robin Jones have, over the last six collections, assembled some of the very best short fiction from both emerging and more established writers. Which is why I was thrilled to have a story accepted into pages of their latest: Unthology 7.

From the press release: UNTHANK BOOKS are very proud to announce the publication of UNTHOLOGY 7, the latest in our series showcasing the finest short fiction from new and established writers.

WONDERFUL AND FRIGHTENING SHORT FICTION FROM NEW AND ESTABLISHED WRITERS

Flinch at the things that twitch in the windows a mile up from the city streets. Let text messages lead you towards a man that you already know is going to mess with your head. Find the meaning of life in your own lobotomy. Now, the ghost of Gaudi whispers in your ear, urging you to get yourself another lover, insisting it’s all going to be smooth and comfortable this time. Ruin yourself and drift towards the haunted shores of your youth. Then find yourself back there, returned to the low-down slums of a city in a country that no longer exists, that UNTHOLOGY 7 documented and mapped out for you, and you alone, a long, long time ago.

Elizabeth Baines, Roelof Bakker, Adrian Cross, George Djuric, Debz Hobbs-Wyatt, Sonal Kohli, Amanda Oosthuizen, Dan Powell, Gary Budden, Ken Edwards, Elaine Chiew, and Charlie Hill

Edited By Ashley Stokes And Robin Jones

Paperback : Date of Publication : 20th June 2015
Publisher : Unthank Books
ISBN10 : 1910061123
ISBN13 : 9781910061121

Genuinely ace to find myself alongside folks like Charlie Hill, Elaine Chiew and Elizabeth Baines in this edition, as well as previous Unthology luminaries like Angela Readman, Carys Bray, Neil Campbell, David Rose, Ruby Cowling, Jenni Fagan and Phillip Langeskov .

Unthology 7 will be launched at the London Short Story Festival 2015 on 20th June and in Norwich at a Project U event on the 25th June. I am planning to be at the Norwich launch to read alongside my fellow Unthologers. I’ll also be interviewing Elizabeth Baines and posting a piece about the gestation of my story ‘Free Hardcore’ on the Unthology blog. I’ll tell you when they appear.

In the meantime, check out the Unthology site, order any or all of the 6 excellent previous collections (the Kindle editions of the backlist are very reasonable indeed), and get a pre-order in here or here, for what I know will be a tip-top, lucky Unthology 7.