Friday, June 10, 2011

The Epherma - Neil Williamson


Neil Williamson’s short stories have been published in magazines and anthologies in the UK and USA. His work has been shortlisted for the British Fantasy Award, British Science Fiction Award and World Fantasy Award (with Andrew J Wilson). Neil lives in Glasgow, Scotland, where he takes part in the savage critical ballet known as the Glasgow SF Writers Circle. 

Product Description

The Ephemera, first published in 2006 by Elastic Press, is a British Fantasy Award nominated collection of bittersweet tales featuring eighteen stories of impermanence: from the ends of love affairs and the brief sanity of wartime convalescence, to the fading away of old languages and the dying of humanity itself.
An artist communicates solely through a bizarre mosaic, a father and his dying daughter seek hope in plague-ridden Scotland, a London pensioner's existence is inextricably bound to that of his pet canary, and in the jungles of Borneo a criminal searches for his missing son hoping for reconciliation before the end of the world. 

This new release features four extra stories, one written especially for this edition, as well as an introduction by Hal Duncan, a foreword by the author and individual afterwords following each story.

Q  What will readers like about your book?

I think this collection's strength is in its variety. There are all sorts of stories here: science fiction, contemporary fantasy, supernatural, horror. There's even a pirate musical. Chances are everyone will find something to enjoy in it.

Q  Why did you go indie?

I went indie with the original print edition of this book, and I was delighted to go indie again for the ebook edition. Indie publishers genuinely care about every single book they publish. They put love and effort into making them beautiful artifacts and then tirelessly promoting them because they they want people to read them. For a collection of off-beat stories like The Ephemera I wouldn't have considered anyone else but an enthusiastic indie press.

Q  Who are your favourite authors in your genre?

I've only recently started reading again after a couple of fallow years, but Jonathan Carrol, M John Harrison, Ian McDonald and Jeff Vandermeer remain firm favourites.

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