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Happy publication day Monstrous Little Voices!

The most auspicious of days has finally arrived: Monstrous Little Voices, our collection of five new tales from Shakespeare’s fantasy world, is out today.

Our celebration of the Bard, which was comissioned to celebrate 400 years since his death, has been a labour of love for Abaddon editor David Thomas Moore. You can read all about how Monstrous Little Voices in this interview over at Rising Shadow.

David has also been writing about the inspiration behind the collection here at the Abaddon blog, as well as paying tribute to Lisa Jardine, the Shakespeare scholar that inspired his love of the Bard. 

Finally, David has written a teaser story that ties into the collection – read “Blessed Candles of the Night” right now for an extra piece in the puzzel that is Monstrous Little Voices


We’ve been delighted with the reaction Monstrous Little Voices has been getting, with a four and a half star review from SFX leading the charge:

But that’s not all – there have been great reviews across the board:

So there you have it – our superb new collection is out in the wild, waiting for you to snap it up. 

Monstrous Little Voices is out now!

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Abaddon goes Shakespearean with Monstrous Little Voices

Abaddon is taking a trip to the Globe in 2016 with Monstrous Little Voices, a collection of new tales set in the fantastical world created by William Shakespeare.

Commissioning editor David Thomas Moore has assembled the finest voices in genre fiction to do justice to the Bard’s realms, with Emma Newman – fresh from winning a 2015 British Fantasy Award for her short story “A Woman’s Place”, appearing in Abaddon anthology Two Hundred and Twenty-One Baker Streets – joining Jonathan Barnes (The Somnambulist, Cannonbridge), Adrian Tchaikovsky (Shadows of the Apt, Children of Time) and exciting new talents Kate Heartfield and Foz Meadows.

Consisting of five interlocking stories and featuring some of the Bard’s most intriguing characters, Monstrous Little Voices is surely a fitting way to mark 400 years since Shakespeare’s death. Each individual tale will be released throughout the first quarter of 2016 as e-first novellas, before being collected in a handsome print edition.

Abaddon Commissioning Editor David Thomas Moore said:

“Centuries before The Lord of the Rings, Londoners were trooping to the Globe and the Curtain to watch stories of the fantastic: stories of fairies, magic, witches and potions, of wars won and lives changed by capricious Fate and uncertain Fortune. Monstrous Little Voices summons Shakespeare’s heroes and heroines, four hundred years almost to the day after the Bard’s death, to tell new stories of magic and mayhem, with the aid of five incredibly talented men and women. Foz, Kate, Adrian, Jonathan and Emma are wonderful storytellers, and the tale they’ve woven between them will utterly delight.”

Monstrous Little Voices: New Tales From Shakespeare’s Fantasy World
Release date: 8 March 2016        
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Monstrous Little Voices Book 1: Coral Bones by Foz Meadows
Release date: 8 January 2016     
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Miranda, daughter to Prospero, the feared sorcerer-Duke of Milan, stifles in her new marriage. Oppressed by her father, unloved by Ferdinand, she seeks freedom; and is granted it, when her childhood friend, the fairy spirit Ariel, returns. Miranda sets out to reach Queen Titania’s court in Illyria, to make a new future… 

Monstrous Little Voices Book 2: The Course Of True Love by Kate Heartfield
Release date: 22 January 2016   
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Pomona, a gifted hedge-witch of advancing years in fair Illyria, is walking about her own business when she spies a fairy gentleman trapped in a secret garden. Vertumnus, King Oberon’s emissary to the Duke, has been taken captive by proud Titania, and a war is in the offing… unless Pomona can prevent it.  

Monstrous Little Voices Book 3: The Unkindest Cut by Emma Newman
Release date: 5 February 2016  
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Lucia de Medici sought only to marry, ending a war that has engulfed the world from Navarre to Istanbul; but she has been lied to, and made into an assassin. Now, armed with new knowledge and accompanied by the ghost of her victim, she sets out to find who so grievously deceived her, and to what end, to try and restore the damage done. 

Monstrous Little Voices Book 4: Even in the Cannon’s Mouth by Adrian Tchaikovsky
Release date: 19 February 2015
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Illyria’s Duke Orsino has raised new, powerful allies, and in a last-ditch attempt to win the war, Don Pedro and his brother John, wise old Jacques and the physician Helena sail to Milan to appeal in person for the wizard Prospero’s aid. But unseasonal storms drive them onto the Illyrian shore, and into the hands of their enemies… 

Monstrous Little Voices Book 5: On the Twelfth Night by Jonathan Barnes
Release date: 4 March 2016        
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Anne Hathaway – contented wife of a glovemaker and aletaster, proud mother of three – has her life turned upside down when strangers, oddly familiar, come to her door and whisk her husband away. What is their business, this terrible danger they say we all face? What is the lattice, and what part must her Will play to save it? 



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Emma Newman bags the BFA Short Story Award!

We’re crazy happy for Emma Newman, who yesterday won the British Fantasy Award for Best Short Story, for her story “A Woman’s Place.”

Two Hundred and Twenty-One Baker Streets, edited by David Thomas Moore. To celebrate the win, for a short time only, you can buy the anthology in ebook form from Kindle for only 99p! (US|UK)

And a massive congratulations of course for all the other winners, runners-up and nominees. It was an incredible show of talent and passion for – and dedication to – the genre all round…

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Emma Newman nominated for British Fantasy Award

There’s not much in this world – or any other for that matter – that can inject good feelings into our shrivelled black heart.

However, when the nominations for the 2015 British Fantasy Awards were announced, we’ll admit to feeling something akin to happiness. In fact, we were actively delighted, for Emma Newman’s “A Woman’s Place”, as seen in Two Hundred And Twenty One Baker Streets, has been nominated in the Best Short Story category.

Joy! So much so that our very own David Moore, who edited this peach of an alternate Sherlcok anthology, danced a merry jig straight out of the door in celebration, and hasn’t been seen since.

Congratulations Emma on a well deserved nomination. And good luck David, wherever you may be…

Two Hunded And Twenty One Baker Streets is out now
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