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Unsung Stories / Unsung Live #3: Stephanie Saulter & Ian Whates
« on: April 12, 2016, 11:02:46 am »
We're happy to announce our return to The Star of Kings for our third evening of storytelling for fans of speculative fiction.

The lineup this time includes:
  • Stephanie Saulter writes what she likes to think is literary science fiction. Born in Jamaica, she earned her degree at MIT and spent over a decade in the United States before moving to England in 2003. She’s best known as the author of the ®Evolution trilogy: Gemsigns, Binary and Regeneration are set in a near-future London, and use the lens of an altered humanity to take a new look at the old issues of race, class, inequality and social conflict. Stephanie’s short story Audiovisionary deals with mental illness and possibly aliens, and was  published in 2014 in the anthology Paradox. She lives in London, blogs unpredictably at stephaniesaulter.com and tweets only slightly more reliably as @scriptopus.
  • Ian Whates launched independent publisher NewCon Press in 2006, quite by accident (buy him a pint sometime and he’ll tell you about it). Through NewCon he has been privileged to publish original stories from some of the biggest names in genre fiction. He is the author of, among others, the novels City of Dreams and Nightmare and The Noise Within.
    www.ianwhates.co.uk
    @NewConPress
  • + MORE TBC

The event is FREE and all are welcome, but space is limited so make sure you RSVP.

Make sure to sign up to Unsung Shorts and receive a brand-new piece of  short fiction delivered to your inbox once a fortnight - www.unsungstories.co.uk/shorts

Here’s what people said about our previous event:

At a time when publishing is struggling to make sense of the new world order, live events like this feel like the way forward. Go to the next one so in five years’ time you can say you were there.
– Andrew Wallace

The readings were a brilliant blend of touching, troubling, imaginative and comic tales.
– MegloBlog

.@UnsungTweets was insanely good tonight - def go if you can! And any event that starts with a quote from Ursula Le Guin is obvs brilliant
– @alicefurse

Fabulous evening at @UnsungTweets #UnsungLive last night. @0tralala @robertsharp59 and @casskhaw were all tip top
– @DHartleyWriter

Top stuff last night from @UnsungTweets live event. @DHartleyWriter brought Manc goodness to London, and about time too.
– @DanCarpenter85

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Unsung Stories / Unsung Live #2: 20th October, RSVPs open
« on: September 11, 2015, 05:12:37 pm »
After the success of Unsung Live #1, we are happy to announce our second evening of storytelling for fans of science fiction, fantasy, horror and all the bits in-between.

The lineup this time includes:

  • David Hartley - David is a writer of strange stories, his fiction having appeared in numerous places including Structo, Dark Fiction, The Alarmist and two Boo Books anthologies; After the Fall (2014) and We Can Improve You (2015). He has two collections of flash fiction, Threshold (Gumbo Press, 2015) and Merry Gentlemen.
    @DHartleyWriter
  • Cassandra Khaw - Cassandra Khaw is Ysbryd Games' business cat and an Ars Technica UK contributor. Her short fiction can be found at Unsung Shorts, Terraform, Shimmer, The Dark, and a variety of other places. She has a novella coming up with Abaddon Books sometime Soon. 
    @casskhaw
  • Robert Sharp - Robert Sharp is Head of Campaigns & Communications at English PEN, and author of the Shirley Jackson Award-nominated novella The Good Shabti.
    @robertsharp59
  • + more TBC

The event is FREE and all are welcome, but space is limited so make sure you RSVP at our Meetup group.

And if you just can't wait until then to scratch that short story itch, sign up for Unsung Shorts and get an original short story delivered to your inbox once a fortnight.

www.unsungstories.co.uk/shorts

Here’s what people said about our previous event:

  • Loved #Unsunglive last night, excellent and intriguing stories.
    @natashabrown54
  • Some fantastic storytelling at @UnsungTweetsfirst live event – make sure to get yourself to the next #UnsungLive
    @jen_wade
  • Had a great evening at the @UnsungTweets short story event! It's so nice to hear such fantastic stories read aloud. #unsunglive
    @always_bookish

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Unsung Stories / Unsung Live #1: 25th June, Star of Kings
« on: June 18, 2015, 04:55:32 pm »
Unsung Live is happening!

We're running our first live-lit event on 25th June at the Star of Kings, 126 York Way, N1 0AX. We've got four storytellers lined up this time, hopefully some familiar names for BFS types as well:
  • Aliya Whiteley
  • Ian Hocking
  • Daniel Carpenter
  • Gary Budgen

The idea is simple: we find writers with stories to tell, give them a stage and a microphone, and let them loose. All the stories are going to be a little bit Unsung, so expect sci-fi, fantasy, horror, speculative, strange, exciting, funny, sad, scary, wise - the lot. It's a free event and everyone is welcome, but space is limited so make sure you RSVP.

You can reserve a place and get the full details over at our Meetup group - http://www.meetup.com/unsung/events/222659759/

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Unsung Stories / Short story night in London
« on: May 06, 2015, 05:00:08 pm »
We're looking into starting up a short story evening in London here in the next couple of months. We're thinking of a night of readings, all sci-fi, fantasy, horror etc, from short story authors. All pretty informal apart from the microphone, but I'm reliably informed microphones are useful things to have for introspective writer types.

So first of all, if that sounds like your thing then we have a MeetUp group which is where we'll start sending invitations out. So join that!

The other thing to put out there is if any of the writers want a reading slot? My master plan is to make this a semi-regular thing so the more the merrier.

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Unsung Stories / Déjà Vu by Ian Hocking
« on: April 01, 2015, 10:50:13 am »
This is a thread for discussion of the book, reviews, comments and questions on the psychological and philosophical implications.

A science fiction thriller in the classic vein. More than that though, literary craft and questions about identity and free will that have raised comparisons to St PKD. The following is taken from our website whilst we get posts written up properly here. Apologies for any familiar information whilst we get that done.

In the year 2023 Saskia Brandt, detective with the European FIB, comes back from holiday newly single, tired and full of sadness. Heading straight back to the office she finds no peace, only her receptionist dead and no suspects. Given only 12 hours to clear her name she sets to work on unravelling the mystery, one that proves greater than the sum of its parts.

David Proctor is just an academic eating his breakfast until he gets a phone-call telling him the prototype computer - Ego - he has been loaned is now the only one left. Meanwhile someone has broken into his house, someone who wants him to go back to the lab where his wife died in a bomb attack 20 years before.
 
As the mysteries and intrigue envelop Saskia and David they are forced to unpick their own pasts. Because in Déjà Vu you find that things aren't as they seem, truth is a matter of perspective and that the past can change just as quickly as the future.

Reviews
"A very thoughtful read which makes you wonder if we have any real choice in the decisions we make or are we programmed to make the same mistakes over and over."
The Write SF

"Intersected with virtual worlds, questions about reality, unreliable memories, and nanotechnology, Déjà Vu is sure to astound most any Science Fiction reader. It’s a dry book on the surface that cuts deeper with its ideas. Simply put, it’s brilliant."
Acerbic Writing (Full review does contain spoilers - You have been warned!)

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Unsung Stories / The Beauty by Aliya Whiteley
« on: April 01, 2015, 10:43:25 am »
This is a thread for discussion of the book, reviews, comments, questions and requests for appropriate support organisations to help you rehabilitate.

The Beauty is a post-apocalyptic novella. New weird meets fairy tale, laced with horror. A book guaranteed to stay with you long after you've finished reading it. To give fair warning, it does contain strong imagery and horror. The following information is taken from our website whilst we get posts written up properly here. Apologies for any familiar information whilst we get that done.

Somewhere away from the cities and towns, a group of men and boys gather around the fire each night to listen to their stories in the Valley of the Rocks. For when the women are all gone the rest of your life is all there is for everyone. The men are waiting to pass into the night.

The story shall be told to preserve the past. History has gone back to its aural roots and the power of words is strong. Meet Nate, the storyteller, and the new secrets he brings back from the woods. William rules the group with youth and strength, but how long can that last? And what about Uncle Ted, who spends so much time out in the woods?
 
Hear the tales, watch a myth be formed. For what can man hope to achieve in a world without women? When the past is only grief how long should you hold on to it? What secrets can the forest offer to change it all?

Discover the Beauty.

Reviews
"This novella should win stuff. Seriously, just read it.  Original work is being done. Here’s proof."
Nina Allan

"I was provoked, shocked, disgusted, touched and, ultimately, I emerged feeling wiser. A brilliant, haunting original."
Craig Lines, Den of Geek's top books of 2014n

"This is a short book with a lot to say, all of it interesting ... Most of all it's about the power of storytelling to preserve our past and shape our future, and so one can see why it would appeal to an imprint called Unsung Stories, on this evidence a name to look out for. The Beauty is intellectual and visceral, frightening and thoughtful, an adventure and a meditation."
– Stephen Theaker, Interzone #254

"If I were to push one book on you from 2014, shove one book at you and say “this”, it would be The Beauty."
Benjamin Judge

"Aliya Whiteley’s elegant, dreamlike prose masterfully frames the most slippery of issues – the fluidity of gender and sexuality; history and the power of propaganda; the value of life in all its forms, and the complex, grotesque nature of desire and disgust. The deconstruction of gender roles provides a sophisticated comment on the natural passage of identity and selfhood."
Jennifer Wade, We Love This Bookn

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Unsung Stories / Reviewers wanted!
« on: April 01, 2015, 10:33:34 am »
If you're a reviewer/blogger/booktuber interested in reviewing one of our books then we'd love to hear from you. If you are interested in reviewing our main list email us on info@unsungstories.co.uk. Let us know that you're BFS members so we know to be extra nice. You can also reply here, PM me, etc.

We are also looking out for reviewers for our digital list, Unsung Signals. Signals focuses on mid-length work - novellas, short story collections and long short stories - with a view to giving emerging authors a platform for their work. We have a mailing list for Signals reviewers, with new titles being sent out to these people first. You can sign up to the mailing list here - Unsung Signals reviewer list

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Unsung Stories / Dark Star by Oliver Langmead
« on: April 01, 2015, 10:30:27 am »
This is a thread for discussion of the book, reviews, comments, questions and musings on the place of poetry in genre writing.

Science fantasy, hardboiled noir, epic verse. We like interesting things at Unsung. The following is taken from our website whilst we get posts written up properly here. Apologies for any familiar information whilst we get that done.

The city of Vox survives in darkness, under a sun that burns without light. In Vox’s permanent night, light bulbs are precious, the rich live in radiance and three Hearts beat light into the city. Aquila. Corvus. Cancer.
 
Hearts that bring power to the light-deprived citizens of the city of Vox whilst ghosts haunt the streets, clawing at headlights. Prometheus, liquid light, is the drug of choice. The body of young Vivian North, her blood shining brightly with unnatural light, has no place on the streets.

When Cancer is stolen, the weaponisation of its raw power threatens to throw Vox into chaos. Vox needs a hero, and it falls to cop Virgil Yorke to investigate.

But Virgil has had a long cycle and he doesn’t feel like a hero. With the ghosts of his last case still haunting his thoughts, he craves justice for the young woman found dead with veins full of glowing. Aided by his partner Dante, Virgil begins to shed light on the dark city’s even darker secrets.

Haunted by the ghosts of his past and chased by his addictions, which will crack first, Virgil or the case?

Reviews
Dark Star is one of those gems that creeps up and takes you by surprise. Beautifully written, masterfully plotted, and built around a character that is at once a complete stranger and an old friend. In short, a masterpiece.
ReaderDad

Truly fresh and original (at least I have never read such a science fiction story before), Dark Star is an engaging, visual story that forces the reader into a slightly different vein of reading experience—one they will undoubtedly emerge from with neon glowing in their eyes.  Perfectly paced and structured yet in a form virtually unknown to the genre, Dark Star is detective noir for the 21st century.
Speculiction

This is a debut from Langmead and wow what a debut ... It is a remarkable read, and an easy one. The dark city is an eerie backdrop, filled with ghosts (literally) and shadow, a compelling setting richly invoked by the writing. There is a deft world-building at work in here and a riveting story.
Peter Sutton's BRSBK Blog

Langmead’s achievement both satisfies starved poetry fans and demonstrates an astonishing facility with words and storytelling. Either way, it’s a kick-ass story.
Exquisite Corpse

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Unsung Stories / Submissions status: Updated 31 March 2015
« on: March 16, 2015, 12:35:41 pm »
Submissions are currently OPEN.

Full guidelines are available on UnsungStories.co.uk. Hopefully it's all there but fire away with any questions.

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Unsung Stories / Book launch: Dark Star by Oliver Langmead
« on: March 16, 2015, 12:32:40 pm »


We are hosting the launch of our latest title, Dark Star by Oliver Langmead, on 20th March and we would love to see BFS members there. Dark Star is the third title from our press, Unsung Stories and combines science fantasy, hardboiled crime and epic verse.

This event will be taking place on the same day as a total solar eclipse, which will be the last to be visible in Europe until 2026. On this day, Britain will be temporarily transformed into the dark city of Vox, Dark Star's setting.

The event will feature a reading by Oliver Langmead along with a Q&A session. Drinks and nibbles will also be available. As an added bonus the first 50 people at the launch will get a Dark Star goody bag and gift.

Dark Star book launch
Friday 20th March, 6pm - 8pm
Blackwell’s Holborn
50-51 High Holborn, London, WC1V 6EP

Space is limited so please RSVP to this event at the link below:

www.unsungstories.co.uk/rsvp

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Unsung Stories / Introduction to Unsung Stories
« on: March 16, 2015, 12:23:10 pm »
Unsung Stories are a London-based publisher of really good* genre fiction. The master plan is to publish genre fiction that is, heaven forfend, a bit literary. By which I mean good. Fantasy, SF, horror and all sub-genres: whatever, as long as it's in some way speculative and uses the genre tropes we all now and love to explore our worlds.

These could also be things larger publishers love but might also have trouble fitting into a list identity. Having spoken to someone from a larger publisher about one of our books, in fact, I know that's happened at least once already! So rather than compete with people who are doing what they do well and on a large scale, we want to offer a home for more distinctive work that wouldn't otherwise have a route to market.

A big part of this for us is that we accept un-agented submissions. Check the submissions thread for the latest on that. Please note we do sometimes close submissions so we can catch up on responses. If they're closed, bear with us. They will open again!

We also publish short fiction every fortnight which you can get for free by signing up here: www.unsungstories.co.uk/shorts. Submission guidelines are here: www.unsungstories.co.uk/short-fiction

The mod (UnsungStories) is really called George, in case you're wondering.

* We like to think so

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Introductions / New press and member
« on: March 13, 2015, 03:50:26 pm »
Afternoon all,

Following on from the last London Open Night I've got my fingers in the right order and registered here. I'm the Managing Editor for Unsung Stories, a relatively new London-based publisher of genre fiction. The master plan is to publish genre fiction that is, heaven forfend, a bit literary. By which I mean good. So things larger publishers might love but also might have trouble fitting into a list identity. We also want to give new writers a home which means we accept un-agented submissions. They we are closed right now though - we are hoping to open again after Easter. Keep an eye on the site for that, I'll post here when they open again as well.

We've got three books out at the moment, an SF thriller called Déjà Vu, a new weird post-apocalyptic novella called The Beauty and science fantasy, hardboiled noir epic verse called Dark Star.

We also publish short fiction on our site and to a mailing list every fortnight. Any writers looking for a paid credit - yes, paid! - check our guidelines and sub away.

Finally, we're thinking about putting on a night of short stories in London at some point. e haven't really confirmed many details on that but any comments, encouragement, ideas and warnings welcome.

I think that's it... Go on, ask me an obvious question so I'll find out what I forgot.

George

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Promote Your Projects / Dark Star launch event: 20th March, London
« on: March 13, 2015, 03:25:05 pm »


We are hosting the launch of our latest title, Dark Star by Oliver Langmead, on 20th March and we would love to see BFS members there. Dark Star is the third title from our press, Unsung Stories and combines science fantasy, hardboiled crime and epic verse.

This event will be taking place on the same day as a total solar eclipse, which will be the last to be visible in Europe until 2026. On this day, Britain will be temporarily transformed into the dark city of Vox, Dark Star's setting.

The event will feature a reading by Oliver Langmead along with a Q&A session. Drinks and nibbles will also be available. As an added bonus the first 50 people at the launch will get a Dark Star goody bag and gift.

Dark Star book launch
Friday 20th March, 6pm - 8pm
Blackwell’s Holborn
50-51 High Holborn, London, WC1V 6EP


Space is limited so please RSVP to this event at the link below:

www.unsungstories.co.uk/rsvp

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