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Some thoughts on 'Terminal Teatime' (from The Shadow Booth: Vol. 4)

Some thoughts on 'Terminal Teatime' (from The Shadow Booth: Vol. 4) by Anna Vaught ('Terminal Teatime' appears in The Shadow Booth: Vol. 4, available here.)

‘Oh sweetheart. You don’t need decorum; you’ll be wanting dirt under your fingernails. Because in dirt and tree root integuments under fingernails and just a whiff of fetid stuff, now that is a better place to look. Yes. Dirt is more beautiful than decorum.’

Ah this strange little story. A lot of weird stuff happens, doesn’t it? Here, in this strange little story about a hungry swamp, but also in our daily lives.

It’s all about noticing. People. All our rich peculiarity. Landscape - for it seems to me that landscape has immense mood and character; natural landscape I mean. This is something I am writing about in a new book of magical realism (gone weirder). And, as a kid, I used to find this of intense comfort because my immediate family was so radically dysfunctional but no one else knew. Or saw. Or chose to see…

The Shadow Booth: Vol. 4 - COMING THIS OCTOBER!

We're thrilled to announce that The Shadow Booth: Vol. 4 will be published on 24 October 2019, with a launch event (exact details to be confirmed) at FantasyCon in Glasgow. Once again, we'll be publishing as an ebook and a mass-market paperback (which should match your copies of Vols. 1, 2 & 3 perfectly on the shelf...)

Pre-orders are open now through our online store. If you've enjoyed Vols. 1-3 (or are just a fan of strange, eerie short stories), please take a moment to pre-order your copy. That way you can be one of the first to sample its strange delights, and help make sure that The Shadow Booth keeps going through Vol. 5 and beyond.

We've also dropped the price of Vols. 1 & 2 through until October, so if you've fallen behind now is the perfect time to catch up! Vols. 1 & 2 are only £6.99 in paperback until 24 October, and all three volumes to date are only £2.99 as ebooks. It's the perfect time to catch up on all those stories you missed,…

The Shadow Booth is OPEN for submissions!

PLEASE NOTE: The Shadow Booth is now closed to fiction submissions. Please keep an eye on our Facebook and Twitter pages for details of the next submissions period.

You know how we like to keep you on your toes? Well...

The Shadow Booth is now OPEN for fiction submissions until the end of April! Here are some basic guidelines:
We are a bi-annual journal of weird and eerie fiction. Do not send us your Western romance (in space). Do not send us your drug addiction memoir. Do not send us your shopping list (unless you're buying some really weird things). Weird. Eerie. Fiction. Please.If you want an idea of what we mean by weird and eerie, then read one of our previous volumes. This is the best way to find out what we like! All ebooks are under £5, and like all independent publications, we need your support to keep going. Paperbacks are under £9, and our latest, Vol. 3, has just been published. (Paperbacks, ebooks and subscriptions are available here. Okay, rant over...) If you w…

The Shadow Booth: Vol. 3 London launch - Robert Shearman, Tim Major & More!

PLEASE NOTE THE NEW VENUE FOR THIS EVENT - MORE DETAILS BELOW.

The Shadow Booth returns to London for the launch of Volume 3!

We'll be celebrating the launch of The Shadow Booth: Vol. 3 on Thursday 11 April, with an evening of readings, conversation, and maybe a drink or two! This is a FREE event, but space is limited so please RSVP at the end of this page to let us know that you're coming.

Reading on the night will be:

ROBERT SHEARMAN - author of five short story collections, which between them they have won the World Fantasy Award, the Shirley Jackson Award, the Edge Hill Readers Prize, and three British Fantasy Awards. But he is probably best known for his work on Doctor Who, bringing back the Daleks for the BAFTA-winning first series in an episode nominated for a Hugo Award. His story 'I Say (I Say, I Say)' appears in Vol. 3.

TIM MAJOR - whose novel about spontaneous clones, Snakeskins, will be published by Titan Books in spring 2019. Tim’s short stories have been publ…

The Shadow Booth: Vol. 3 - COMING THIS APRIL!

We're thrilled to announce that The Shadow Booth: Vol. 3 will be launched this April. Once again, we'll be publishing as an ebook and a mass-market paperback (which should match your copies of Vols. 1 & 2 perfectly on the shelf...)

This time we won't be crowdfunding the project, but will be taking pre-orders through our website. If you've enjoyed Vol. 1 & 2 (or are just a fan of strange, eerie short stories), then please take a moment to pre-order your copy. That way you can be one of the first to sample its strange delights...

But we haven't told you the most exciting part! The lineup is now finalised for Vol. 3, and the Table of Contents reads as follows: