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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        
Pre-order: UK|US           

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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Cover reveal: Cannonbridge by Jonathan Barnes

Here at Solaris Towers we’re starting to look ahead to next year’s schedule, and over next few weeks we’ll be in touch with some of our personal highlights from the coming year. So, what what better way to start than by returning to the 19th Century with the critically author of 2007’s debut breakthrough novel The Somnambulist, Jonathan Barnes, for his latest foray into this past world….

Ladies and gentlemen, we introduce to you the greatest literary figure of our time: Matthew Cannonbridge.

Flamboyant Matthew Cannonbridge was touched by genius, the most influential mind of the 19th century, a novelist, playwright, the poet of his generation. The only problem is, he should never have existed, and recently divorced 21st century don Toby Judd is the only person to realise something is wrong with history.

Cannonbridge was everywhere: he was by Lake Geneva when talk between Byron, Shelley and Mary Godwin turned to the supernatural; he was friend to the young Dickens as he laboured in the blacking factory; he was the only man of note to visit Wilde in prison. His extraordinary life spanned a century. But as the world prepares to toast the bicentenary of Cannonbridge’s most celebrated work, Judd’s discovery leads him on a breakneck chase across the English canon and countryside, to the realisation that the spectre of Matthew Cannonbridge, planted so seamlessly into the heart of the 19thcentury, might not be so dead and buried after all…

Cannonbridge is out February 2015, order in the UK & US now.

As an extra bonus we also have not one, but two cover reveals for you, with our US (artist Erik Mohr) and UK (artist Pye Parr) covers: