3 new titles for 2020

We are very happy to announce three new books for 2020. We are publishing "Thin Places," the debut short story collection from Kay Chronister. Kay is a remarkable new writer, with stories in Black Static, The Dark, Strange Horizons, Shimmer, and more. This manuscript captivated me. You are in for a treat.

We've acquired our first novella--"Armageddon House," by Michael Griffin. This is an engaging and timely piece of dystopian fiction. Michael's latest book, "The Human Alchemy," was a Shirley Jackson Award Finalist. He continues to grow and evolve as a writer, fashioning a unique worldview. As soon as we have cover art we will share it.

Our novellas will be released in paperback and eBook editions, and an extremely limited 26-copy lettered hardcover.

A title we are always excited to produce--Shadows & Tall Trees--will see volume 8 published early next year. Volume 7 won the Shirley Jackson Award; volume 6 was a finalist for the World Fantasy Award and the Shirley Jackson Award. Through 7 volumes we've published 74 stories and had 29 'Best Of' reprints. It's a tremendous showcase for the contemporary field of weird fiction and horror. The contents of volume 8 are thus:

Alison Littlewood - Hungry Ghosts

Brian Evenson - The Glassy, Burning Floor of Hell

Carly Holmes - Tattletale

Charles Wilkinson - A Coastal Quest

C.M. Muller - Camera Obscura

James Everington - The Sound of the Sea, Too Close

Kay Chronister - Too Lonely, Too Wild

KL Pereira - You, Girls Without Hands

Kristi DeMeester - The Quiet Forms of Belonging

Kurt Fawver - Workday

M. Rickert - The Fascist Has a Party

Neil Williamson - Down to the Roots

Rebecca Campbell - Child of Shower and Gleam

Seán Padraic Birnie - Dollface

Simon Strantzas - The Somnambulists

Steve Rasnic Tem - Sleepwalking With Angels

Steve Toase - Green Grows the Grief

V.H. Leslie - Lacuna

That's it for now. Thanks very much for all the support!

Award news

We are absolutely thrilled to hear that Priya Sharma’s collection ALL THE FABULOUS BEASTS won the Shirley Jackson Award! We are so pleased for Priya. Our other two nominated works — THE SILENT GARDEN, and D.P. Watt’s “Blood and Smoke, Vinegar and Ashes” — did not win, but we are very grateful for the recognition.

Congratulations to all the winners and nominees!

In other news that I've been shortlisted for a British Fantasy Award for Best Anthology (Year's Best Weird Fiction Vol. 5) alongside my esteemed co-editor Robert Shearman. Gobsmacked! We're in tough against Dan Coxon, Mark Morris, Ellen Datlow, Sarah Doyle, and Allen Ashley. Honestly don't expect to win. Just pleased anyone has taken notice of the series, at all. Thank you!

I'll be at the awards ceremony. See you all there!

Undertow is also extremely pleased and happy to see Priya Sharma's ALL THE FABULOUS BEASTS shortlisted, along with the great story "A Son of the Sea," from the collection. And so happy for Georgina Bruce, as her story from THE SILENT GARDEN--"Her Blood the Apples, Her Bones the Trees"--is on the shortlist. An amazing story, imo.

I must say, though, that I am over the moon for Vince Haig, our art director, making the shortlist for Best Artist. Truly well-deserved.

Congratulations all!! It's an amazing list to be on.


Raffle winners

We have drawn the winners in our charity raffle to raise funds to help migrants being held in deplorable conditions.

We had 110 entries. Meaning you donated $550! Thank you!

The winners were chosen completely at random. For every $5 donated, your name was added to a master Excel list. i.e if you donated $25, your name was listed 5 times. To pick the winners I went to the website random.org. I then entered the values 1 to 110 (the number of entries). As Carolyn witnessed, I drew the 5th place prize first, and the 1st place prize last. These are the random numbers generated in that order: 1, 66, 9, 96, and 85.

Here, then, are the winners of our charity raffle:

Steve Duffy wins prize #5: Any 3 trade paperbacks from the Undertow catalogue. A $60 value.

Christopher Ropes wins prize #4: A hardcover copy of ALL THE THINGS WE NEVER SEE, signed by Michael Kelly. $30 value.

Harmony Neal wins prize #3: A hardcover copy of NOTHING IS EVERYTHING, signed by Simon Strantzas. $30 value.

Chris Shearer wins prize #2: A copy of THE SILENT GARDEN: A JOURNAL OF ESOTERIC FABULISM. A deluxe, oversize, fully-illustrated hardcover. A 2018 Shirley Jackson Award Finalist. $50 value.

And Gary Couzens wins prize #1: A copy of the deluxe, signed limited edition leather-bound THE MOON WILL LOOK STRANGE, by Lynda E. Rucker. One of only 100 produced for sale. $60 value.

Thank you all for participating. We did something good, I think. I'll be contacting the winners to arrange shipment of prizes.

All our best,

Michael & Carolyn

Charity Raffle

Like all of you, we're particularly heartbroken about what is happening at the U.S./Mexico border, particularly the inhumane treatment inflicted upon migrant children. Taking our cue from Laura Mauro, who is organizing her own charity raffle, we've decided to follow suit and offer up some Undertow books.

RAICES (Refugee and Immigrant Center for Education and Legal Services) is a non-profit org. providing free or low-cost legal support to the families interred at these camps.

We are offering 5 fabulous prizes. For every $5 donated to RAICES, we will enter your name into a draw to win one of the following: (Note- we are happy to substitute other books in).

Prize #1: One copy of the deluxe, signed limited edition leather-bound THE MOON WILL LOOK STRANGE, by Lynda E. Rucker. One of only 100 produced for sale. $60 value.

Prize #2: A copy of THE SILENT GARDEN: A JOURNAL OF ESOTERIC FABULISM. A deluxe, oversize, fully-illustrated hardcover. A 2018 Shirley Jackson Award Finalist. $50 value.

Prize #3: A hardcover copy of NOTHING IS EVERYTHING, signed by Simon Strantzas. $30 value.

Prize #4: A hardcover copy of ALL THE THINGS WE NEVER SEE, signed by Michael Kelly. $30 value.

Prize #5: Any 3 trade paperbacks from the Undertow catalogue. A $60 value. You can donate to RAICES via this link:


Send proof of your donation to me at: undertowbooks@gmail.com and I will enter your name for each $5 you have donated.

Thank you very much! If you can't donate, please help us spread the word.

I will draw the winning entries on July 7.

All our best,

Michael (and the Undertow team)

Additions to our Contemporary Classics line

We are thrilled to announce that volumes 3 and 4 in our Contemporary Classics line will be John Langan’s “The Fisherman,” and Brian Evenson’s “Contagion.” The first hardcover editions of these classics. Each strictly limited to 100 signed and numbered hardback copies. Customers who purchased previous volumes in the line will get first opportunity to match their number.

Currently, volume 2 in the line, Joel Lane’s “The Lost District,” is scheduled for October. “The Fisherman” is tentatively scheduled for March 2020, and “Contagion” for May 2020. We are moving to a printer who can actually do a tip-in, though in the case of the Lane book there is no signature, obviously. Though, what do people think of a facsimile signature? We could scan Joel’s signature. As a tribute. Or is it tacky?

We are extremely pleased to be able to offer these deluxe hardcover editions. We hope you like them.

Good news!

Well, it's one of those rare good days to be a publisher! Am very pleased to see all the Shirley Jackson Award nominees, but am excited to see Priya Sharma's "All the Fabulous Beasts" nominated for Single-Author Collection; "The Silent Garden: A Journal of Esoteric Fabulism," edited by the Silent Garden Collective, nominated for Edited Anthology: and D.P. Watt's story from The Silent Garden--'Blood and Smoke, Vinegar and Ashes'--nominated in the Novelette category. Congratulations to Priya, Dan, and the Collective, as well as to all the nominees. I may have a celebratory drink.

If that wasn’t enough, “All the Fabulous Beasts” is also a finalist in the 2019 Locus Awards. The book is currently just $2 at Amazon for the eBook.

And in more good news, I am extremely delighted to hear that Paula Guran is taking Simon Strantzas's story "In This Twilight," from his collection, NOTHING IS EVERYTHING, and D.P. Watt's story "Blood and Smoke, Vinegar and Ashes," from THE SILENT GARDEN, for the YEAR'S BEST DARK FANTASY & HORROR. Congratulations!!

Vote for the British Fantasy Awards 2019

Last couple of days to vote in the British Fantasy Awards!

As a member of the British Fantasy Society and / or an attendee of FantasyCon 2018 (Chester) or FantasyCon 2019 (Glasgow), you are eligible to vote in the British Fantasy Awards 2019.

For each category, you may vote for up to three titles. There is no requirement to complete all three fields for each category, or to vote for every category.

Please also indicate your eligibility to vote. This will be checked before your vote is counted.

A crowdsourced list of suggestions has been created here: http://tinyurl.com/suggestionlist2019. You may vote for titles not on the suggestions list - this is just to help you generate ideas if you need some guidance.

All recommendations should ideally be accompanied with publication details: year of publication, publisher, and title of collection, magazine, editor, etc, if applicable. If the information supplied is insufficient for the BFA committee to establish eligibility the recommendations may be excluded from the ballot form.

Recommendations may not be made for the recommender’s own material. The British Fantasy Society discourages the practice of canvassing for votes.

The four titles or names with the highest number of recommendations will go forward to form the shortlist of nominations.

At the end of the voting form, there is also an opportunity to register your interest in being part of a jury for the 2019 awards.

Voting will remain open until Monday 29th April 2019.

Locus Awards

Dear Friends, Undertow Publications was honoured to hear that we have some nominations on the Locus Awards Ballot: BEST COLLECTION: All the Fabulous Beasts, Priya Sharma (Undertow) BEST EDITOR: Michael Kelly BEST NOVELETTE: “Son of the Sea”, Priya Sharma (All the Fabulous Beasts) Anyone can vote in the awards. You do not need to be a Locus subscriber. (Though they do want you to fill in a survey at the end of the ballot). If you're up to that, or if you're a Locus subscriber and want to show us some love, then please do consider voting. You can also write-in votes, i.e Best Book Publisher, etc. Just make sure your name and e-mail address are included with your submission. You can see the online ballot and vote here: https://bit.ly/2YFWGgS Voting ends on April 15. We're a small publisher which prides itself on publishing great books, so your support really does matter, and really does help us become more visible. Ensuring we continue our work.

Indie Bound

We’ve partnered with IndieBound.org to help independent booksellers across the U.S. If you purchase one of our books from our “Affiliate” page the sale will help support the entire network of Indie bookstores across the U.S., including shops in your local community. Please consider a purchase from this page. We love Indie bookshops and want to see them thrive.

You can purchase here:


All the Fabulous Beasts

Priya Sharma’s debut collection continues to reap accolades. Ellen Datlow on Priya's "All the Fabulous Beasts," from her end-of-year roundup on Locus.

"There were a number of notable collections published, including All the Fabulous Beasts by Priya Sharma (Undertow), the long overdue debut of this talented author’s work, featuring 16 stories published since 2006, two of them original. Sharma makes a graceful shift between the fantastic and horror genres, and many of her stories have been in­cluded in Best of the Year anthologies. Her novelette “Fabulous Beasts” was nominated for the Shirley Jackson Award and won the British Fantasy Award. Highly recommended."

Please visit our shop or your favourite online vendor, to purchase a copy in paperback, hardcover, or eBook.

Production Update

Two new books are nearing completion. I expect bound proofs of Lynda Rucker’s “The Moon Will Look Strange,” and Georgina Bruce’s “This House of Wounds” any day now.

“The Moon Will Look Strange” is our first deluxe hardcover, and the first hardcover edition of this amazing collection. Highly collectable. Once I’m happy with the proof, I will open up to pre-orders. It’s strictly limited to 100 copies for sale, and based on early interest I expect they will go fast. Specs and pricing for this exciting edition are here:


“This House of Wounds” has an official publication date of June 4. The ‘On Sale” date is March 12—that is the date that the book will be available by my distributor for sale to vendors, libraries, book buyers, and pre-orders. You can also pre-order in Trade paperback and hardcover right here:



Pre-orders through Undertow will ship earlier than the June 4 publication date. Prices include shipping.

You can always take advantage of our subscription offer, and get all 3 of our original 2019 releases at a significant discount:




New site

Welcome to the new home of Undertow Publications. As the business has grown, it was time to move to a larger, more versatile site that could seamlessly integrate our products and our e-commerce needs. We wanted to give our customers—and ourselves—peace of mind. This new site and the shop are totally secure. We’re still ironing out the layout and design, but we now have the flexibility to grow and build the site, and our line. Thank you for being a part of the Undertow family.