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Open and Shut a short story by Alastair Reynolds

Have we got a treat for you! We are thrilled to share Open and Shut, an exclusive short story by Alastair Reynolds, today. Step into the futuristic world of Prefect Dreyfus for a fast paced new SF crime story. This is your new SF obsession. One citizen died a fortnight ago. Two a week ago. Four died […]

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Read The Gift Giving, a holiday short story from Joan Aiken

  “Stories are mysterious things; they have a life of their own”- Joan Aiken In a writing career spanning six decades, Joan Aiken wrote stories of wolves, naughty pet ravens, pirates, necklaces made of raindrops, and much more. This Christmas, we publish a collection of her favourite stories, including The Gift Giving, which you can read exclusively below. […]

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And the winner is . . . The Running Ones, by Sophie Mackintosh.

Inspired by our re-issue of four Daphne du Maurier collections this month, earlier this year we teamed up with Stylist Magazine and asked your for your chilling short stories. The entries poured in – covering everything from magical realism to mental illness – and having whittled down almost 500 entries to a shortlist of 10, our judges have finally selected a winner. […]

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Cover Reveal: The Watcher of Dead Time

We are delighted to reveal the cover for The Watcher of Dead Time the final book in Edward Cox’s Relic Guild trilogy.  Return to Labrys Town for the dramatic conclusion to the BFS Best Fantasy Award-nominated series. Labrys Town, home to a million humans cut off from the rest of the universe, has been invaded. […]

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Related Categories: Cover Art, Cover Reveal, Edward Cox, Fantasy

Who Killed Woodbine Scab? A Short Story by Gavin G. Smith

We are delighted to welcome Gavin G. Smith back to the Gollancz Blog for a special guest post. Gavin returns to the blog with the exclusive short story: Who Killed Woodbine Scab?   You know how deeply unsatisfying those stories that end with ‘it was all a dream’ are? Well let me say right off […]

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The Music Behind THE RELIC GUILD A Guest Post By Edward Cox

As part of our Join the Relic Guild week we are delighted to welcome Edward Cox back to the Gollancz Blog for a guest post on the music behind The Relic Guild. Nominated for the British Fantasy Society Award for best fantasy and best newcomer this is one series you don’t want to miss! Music […]

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Related Categories: Author Post, Edward Cox, Fantasy, Guest Post

Join The Relic Guild With Our Exclusive Audio Interviews

For Day 3 of our Join The Relic Guild week we’ve got an exclusive interview with Edward Cox author of The Relic Guild and The Cathedral of Known Things and the reader of the audio books, Imogen Church. Ed and Imogen discuss labyrinths, inspirations, burlesque, all things waxed and possibly the secrets of the universe. […]

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Related Categories: Edward Cox, Fantasy, Interview

Join The Relic Guild with our short story: Hemlock!

In our second day of Join The Relic Guild week we’re bringing you the short story, Hemlock. Hemlock is set in the Relic Guild world and is a must read for fans of The Relic Guild. Hemlock, read by the amazing Imogen Church, is also available as a free to download from Audible and Soundcloud. […]

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Related Categories: Edward Cox, Fantasy

A Halloween treat from Daphne du Maurier – read ‘The Doll’

This month we published two of Daphne du Maurier‘s best-loved and most spine-tingling short story collections as Virago Modern Classics designer hardbacks. Both The Birds and Don’t Look Now come with covers by award-winning textiles designer Neisha Crosland – find out more about them on the gorgeous Selvedge blog. Du Maurier is the queen of […]

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Related Categories: Author Post, Virago News

THE TROUBLE WITH HIRING SKIPS a Short Story by Edward Cox

We’ve got a special treat for you this afternoon. Just in time for Halloween we’ve got a for a dark and creepy exclusive short story from Edward Cox. Make sure you read this story with all the lights on.   The Trouble with Hiring Skips Norman knew that hiring skips was a risky business. It […]

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Related Categories: Edward Cox, Short Stories, Short Story

Listen to Champion of Dead Time

We have some incredibly exciting news for you. In need of an engrossing new audio short story? We’ve got the brilliant standalone short story Champion of Dead Time, set in between The Relic Guild and The Cathedral of Known Things available to download now for free. In the heart of the Retrospective, a demon is […]

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Related Categories: Edward Cox, Fantasy, Short Story

Hemlock: a Relic Guild Short Story by Edward Cox

We are absolutely delighted to be able to share with you the exclusive short story, Hemlock by Edward Cox. Hemlock is set in the Relic Guild world and is a must read for fans of The Relic Guild. Hemlock, read by the amazing Imogen Church, is also available as a free to download from Audible […]

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Related Categories: Edward Cox, Fantasy, Short Stories

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