Michael Kelly

Michael Kelly is a Shirley Jackson Award and British Fantasy award Nominee. He is the author of two short story collections, Scratching the Surface and Undertow and Other Laments, as well as co-author of the novel Ouroboros. His fiction has appeared widely in anthologies and journals, including All Hallows, Best New Horror, Black Static, Carlton Arts Review, Imaginarium 2013: The Best Canadian Speculative Writing, The Literary Journal, Murmurations, Northern Horror, Plum Ruby Review, PostScripts, Space & Time, Supernatural Tales, and Tesseracts 13 & 16.

Michael was a fiction editor at ChiZine.com (2004–2007), and has edited four anthologies: Apparitions, Chilling Tales, Chilling Tales 2, and Songs From Dead Singers.

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Undertow Publications


‘With this crowdfunded volume, series editor Kelly (Gods and Monsters) and guest editor Barron (The Beautiful Thing That Awaits Us All) launch a promising and necessary showcase for alien and unclassifiable works. Supporting Kelly’s definition of weird fiction as “a mode of literature that is present in other genres,” these 22 vivid stories offer thrills from many directions: the boot-camp dystopia of Chen Qiufan, the futuristic steampunk of John R. Fultz, the fevered prose poetry of Joseph S. Pulver Sr., and the family apocalypses of Livia Llewellyn. Among such strong company, special standouts include A.C. Wise’s gloriously queer pulp homage “Dr. Blood and the Ultra Fabulous Glitter Squadron,” Maria Dahvana Headley’s densely mythic, non-binary “The Krakatoan,” and Sofia Samatar’s superb, biographical “Olimpia’s Ghost,” which is evocatively reminiscent of Angela Carter. Barron and Kelly amploy prove that weird fiction can fill an anthology with delightful and surprising stories.’
Publishers Weekly (starred review)