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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!


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:

Special January 2019 submissions period for women writers

We're pleased to announce that The Shadow Booth is open to fiction submissions from women writers only from 1–15 January 2019. This includes any transgender writers who identify as women, but we'd be grateful if male writers would refrain from submitting during this period. There will be another open submission period in the spring, which we will be announcing shortly.

For full details, please see the guidelines here. We are not considering reprints at this point, but simultaneous submissions are fine as long as you inform us as soon as your story is accepted elsewhere.

Best of luck!

Enter the Shadow Booth... in Chester

On 19 October, The Shadow Booth made a rare appearance in the physical realm. Manifesting at FantasyCon 2018 - the convention of the British Fantasy Society - rumours abounded of its presence in and around the city of Chester. What happened that day may or may not have looked something like this...

Before he even stepped off the train, Phil was dreading the weekend. There was a reason why he'd spent the last ten years avoiding Sandra, Curtis, Ranesh and the others, and with each mile that the train had trundled out of London that reason had become starker and starker.

Brushing crumbs from his belly, Phil reached up to gather his bag and his jacket from the parcel shelf. He was a mess, and he knew it. While the others had become fitter, happier - richer - as the years passed, he had grown fat and confused. He felt something had passed him by, but he couldn't say exactly what.

Stepping out onto the platform at Chester, he wrinkled his nose. What was that? Cowshit? He'd barely …

5 Weird Horror Books You Won't Have Read For Halloween!

Last year we ran a 'Top 5 Weird Horror Books' list for Halloween, and it was so popular that we thought we'd do it again. After all, who really wants to read yet another list of Stephen King books this All Hallows Eve?

As before, we're celebrating the weird and the unusual for our list. We've asked some of the contributors to The Shadow Booth: Vol. 2 to recommend something strange, unsettling, and not widely read for Halloween. This is what crawled out of the swamp...
The Hawkline Monster by Richard Brautigan
Recommended by Aliya Whiteley A monster has been created. In the basement of his huge house atop a network of ice caves, Professor Hawkline made something unspeakable from a mysterious bottle of Chemicals, and then he vanished. His daughters have enlisted the help of two guns-for-hire to explore the caves and kill the monster, and nothing I’ve just told you is exactly accurate about that situation. This sounds like horror in a Western setting, which is unusual …

Light Amid the Risen Dark: an interview with artist Michael Heslop

LIGHT AMID THE RISEN DARK An interview with artist Michael Heslop  by Andrew Wallace 

Michael Heslop was one of the most prolific book cover artists working in the heyday of the industry from the 1970s to 1990s. His reliability with deadlines, total involvement in every project and ability to create powerful, evocative imagery meant he worked for all the major publishers, including Corgi, Futura, Pan and Mayflower. His work is characterised by precision and innovative use of strong graphic elements, particularly the ability to blend images and create a unique collage effect within a single frame.

He trained at Somerset College of Art, in Brighton & University College, and earned his living during the mid-1960s by teaching art in Devon. His artistic breakthrough came in 1967, when his illustrations of the history of postal services for the GPO led to work with publishers who wanted new talent for the burgeoning book cover market. Michael created over sixty covers during this time, …

The Shadow Booth: Vol. 2 - OUT NOW!

The booth juts at an angle from the sand, the canvas taut beneath the weight of the drifting dunes. Janet almost passes it by. But it’s the sign that snags her attention. Painted in rust-red onto three pieces of driftwood, the sun-bleached planks lashed together with lengths of twisted blond twine, it looks surprisingly fresh. Enter the Shadow Booth, it says, and you will never be the same again.

The Shadow Booth, a journal of weird and eerie fiction, returns for Volume 2! Drawing its inspiration from the likes of Thomas Ligotti and Robert Aickman, The Shadow Booth explores that dark, murky hinterland between mainstream horror and literary fiction.
Volume 2 contains new stories by:

Chikodili Emelumadu
Dan Grace
Kirsty Logan
Johnny Mains
Ralph Robert Moore
Mark Morris
Gareth E. Rees
Giovanna Repetto
George Sandison
Anna Vaught
Aliya Whiteley

Enter the Shadow Booth, and you will never be the same again…

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