On opening my emails this morning I was delighted to discover that it’s release day for More Tales Of The City. I’m incredibly excited to be in this book, and I really do hope you go and find out why. The publisher’s blurb reads:
Beyond the end of the universe exists a city the size of a galaxy, packed with every human being that ever lived, from the first Australopithecus to the last posthuman, resurrected in a city in which nobody can die…
The second City of the Saved short story collection, edited by its creator, Philip Purser-Hallard, and with new stories – and one extraordinary poem – from many of Obverse Book’s favourite authors!
The City Of The Saved is a series in which anything can happen. When you buy a horror anthology, you can reasonably expect some scary things to happen. A science fiction collection will deliver tales of strange futures or an extraordinary present. Crime books will, unless they’ve misread their brief, provide accounts of murder and mischief. Historical fiction will present you with historical people doing the things that they’re historical for.
A City Of The Saved book is not bound by any of the genres that make it up. The stories in a City book can be anything they please. You can expect genre fiction, but beyond that… the potential blend is extraordinary, and the tales themselves are such that could not reasonably be published elsewhere. A City book is a Pandora’s Box. All you know when you crack open the cover is that you’re about to read things that you can’t read anywhere else.
You should buy it, is what I’m saying. The paperback is up for pre-order, and Obverse are a publisher that don’t do this until the book is off with the printers (so you won’t be waiting months for a copy). If you prefer an ebook, they’re available from the publisher today (you can choose a Kindle version, or an ePub that works in iBooks, Nook, Kobo, and so on).
I strongly encourage you to grab your copy direct from Obverse. I’m no Amazon-basher (in fact, as both a customer and a writer I love Amazon to bits), but they undoubtedly make life difficult for small publishers. By buying straight from Obverse, you put more money in the publisher’s pocket, which means they can make more cool books that might never see the light of day elsewhere.
The book contains my story ‘The Mystery of the Rose’, a piece I’m very proud to have been able to contribute. It may be the coolest thing I’ve written, in a strange geek way. If you need any further encouragement, here’s a re-run of the reading I did of the opening, a couple of weeks ago.