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Monstrous Little Voices: Foz Meadows interview

To  celebrate the release of Montrous Little Voices, we asked Dr John Lavagnino from King’s College –  who has written an excellent afterword for our fantastical Shakespearean anthology – for a few questions for the authors.

Here’s Foz Meadows talkingher contribution, Coral Bones

JL: It looks hard to fit things from a lot of different plays together this way! Was it?

FM: Not really! Before we all started writing, we had a group discussion about which stories we wanted to tell using which characters, and as it turned out, mine was chronologically first, so even though I had to keep some future developments in mind, I didn’t have that much to alter. But it was great fun to try and fit my own ideas to the worldbuilding parameters we’d been given! 

JL: What did you discover or notice about Shakespeare’s works in the course of doing this? And about your own?

FM: I’ve always felt that Miranda gets a short shrift in The Tempest, but before doing my research for the anthology, it had been years since I read the actual play, and I was blown away by the creepiness of Prospero. Historically, he tends to be viewed as a wise man, a good guy, but he literally puts his daughter to sleep when he gets tired of talking to her in the opening scenes, and when she wakes up again, she has no idea that he’s the one responsible for it; she thinks she just nodded off. Which is where I got my opener for Coral Bones – what if it’s something he’s done before? What if Ariel objects? What kind of relationship do the three of them have on the island, and how is that going to influence Miranda’s life with Ferdinand, once they’re back in Italy?

JL: Which character was most rewarding to write about?

FM: As much fun as I had writing the faeries, Miranda is the most important to me. In 2015, I realised I was genderqueer and finally started to recover from my post-natal depression: I’m still navigating the former – will likely be navigating it for the rest of my life – and I put a lot of those feelings into writing her. I think it’s fair to say her story is, in some respects, the most personal fiction I’ve ever written. Which makes it kind of terrifying, wondering how people are going to react to it, but also deeply satisfying, given that the act of creating it helped me. 

JL: What characters or places were you going to include but had to leave out?

FM: I was originally going to have Puck and Miranda getting up to some trickster-style shenanigans on their way to Titania’s court, but in the end, the story went in a different direction – hopefully for the better!

JL: Do you think you’ll do more writing of this kind? Building on Shakespeare or perhaps on other writing?

FM: I don’t know; it depends on the opportunity and context. Coral Bones was hard to write, but also very rewarding. I’ll just have to wait and see!

Monstrous Little Voices is out now!

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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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Happy publication day Coral Bones!

Abaddon’s celebration of Shakespeare’s fantasy realms begins today as Foz Meadows’ brilliant Coral Bones is released. Hooray!

The story picks up Miranda, daughter to Prospero, the feared sorcerer-Duke of Milan, as she struggles 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. Desperate for a new life, Miranda sets out to reach Queen Titania’s court in Illyria, to make a new future…

Monstrous Little Voices is a collection of five short novellas, a single long tale set in Shakespeare’s fantasy world of fairies, wizards and potions, in honour of the four-hundredth anniversary of the Bard’s death.

Coral Bones is out now!
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