Priya Sharma is a new author with several short stories to her name who is delighted that her latest story will appear in the April issue of Britainâ€™s premier horror fiction magazine, Black Static, from TTA Press. An appearance there brings international recognition in horror and dark fantasy fiction.
Priya’s inspiration for her story, The Ballad of Boomtown, stemmed from reading about Ireland’s problem of empty and semi-occupied housing estates following the demise of the ‘Celtic Tiger’. She explores the effects of recession and clashes between modern times and Irelandâ€™s ancient past for a woman left alone in a decaying estate while obsessing over the tragedy that caused her lover to desert her.
Priya is a GP who spends most of her spare time writing. She is making her name internationally via short stories but a historical fantasy novel set in Wales is her newest project. Two of Priya’s stories will be reprinted in ‘Year’s Best’ collections where her name will appear alongside the likes of Stephen King and Tim Powers.
Black Static 28 will be in newsagents, and some bookshops, from mid-April. So, with that issue, Priya joins Black Static authors such as Ramsey Campbell, Alison Littlewood and Christopher Fowler, along with others like Conrad Williams and Justina Robson who began their writing careers in its pages or in the pages of its predecessor, The Third Alternative.