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WEIRD TRAILS: URBAN FANTASY WALKS – Digbeth, Birmingham

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Paperback: 154 pages
Publication Date: 15th September, 2013
ISBN-10: 1909573086
ISBN-13: 978-1909573086

Weird Trails, Volume One is available to purchase in paperback or on kindle at Amazon.

Weird Trails is a series of urban fantasy and horror anthologies focused upon real-word locations. Each Volume will focus on a different town or suburb, and will contain:

– A Walking Map
– An Guide to the target area
– a number of urban fantasy shorts set somewhere along the walk

The first volume is set in Digbeth, Birmingham, and has been edited by Adrian Middleton with graphics from Mike Watts. The line-up of authors is as follows:

‘The Curzon Street Horror’ by James Brogden (author of The Narrows and Tourmaline by Snow Books);
‘Bird’s over the Bullring’ by Mike Chinn (author of the Paladin Mandates and our forthcoming steampunk Sherlock Holmes novel, Vallis Timoris)
‘The Battle of Bordesley Bridge’ by Lynn Cochrane
‘Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Bigfoot’ by Theresa Derwin
‘Let Sleeping Wurms Lie’ by Pauline Dungate
‘The Anorak’ and ‘Robert O’ the Green & the Poor Knight’ by the late Julius Horne
‘Box of Dreams’ and ‘Heavy Metal’ by Adrian Middleton
‘The Giant’s Heartbeat’ by Anne Nicholls (better known to SF fans as Anne Gay, author of Mindsail and The Brooch of Azure Midnight).

We’ve blogged more about it on LiveJournal here

Future volumes are open to proposals from potential editors. We will consider a walk in any town (UK or abroad) except, for now, walks in London, Paris, Tokyo or New York). The editor and his contributors needs to be from or strongly connected to the town in question, and the contents should try and achieve the following:

– To Provide a map and guide that focus on history, geography and urban legend
– To be able to inspire locals and outsiders to want to set their urban fantasies in the town
– To showcase local writers, telling urban fantasy stories to inspire new urban legends

The first volume will cover an urban fantasy walk through Digbeth, meandering through stories about dragons, folkloric heroes, gangs, ghosts, giants, icons, magic, trolls and more.

Posted by Fringeworks in Our Books on Sunday, August 18th 2013 at 12:24 AM
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GRIMM & GRIMMER, Volume One

Grimm Volume One

Paperback: 84 pages
Publication Date: 10th February 2013
ISBN-10: 1909573019
ISBN-13: 978-1909573017

Grimm & Grimmer, Volume 1 is available to purchase in paperback or on kindle at Amazon

Once Upon a Time, there was . . . a big tower with a girl called Rapunzel trapped inside. Have you ever thought about all of the unusual buildings in fairytales and nursery rhymes and who would have designed them? If you want to know who, well, find out from Lynda Collins. And while you’re questioning these fairy tales, did you ever wonder how the Princess managed to feel that pea under all of those mattresses? Was there some sort of conspiracy to gain the throne? You only have to read Jan Edwards’ story to find out. And for that matter, what about the poor bears who had their home invaded? How do the bears feel? And who are the invaders. All questions, which can be answered by Theresa Derwin. As for the Beast – well, is the Beast good or evil? Did the witch who changed him into a beast do something good or something bad? Hannah Lackoff seeks to explore these issues, and maybe muddy the waters even more. In Colin Fisher’s tale we meet a Gretel who is immediately feisty, sarcastic, and quite aware of the absurdity of her situation, and the Witch was more than a little obsessive compulsive. And finally, we meet William Meikle’s version of ‘The Three Little Pigs’ where anything can happen! If you enjoy reading fairy tales that twist and surprise, then ‘Grimm and Grimmer: Volume One’ is for you. Step into our world of fairy tales retold . . .

Table of Contents

Cover – Martin Reimann
Foreword – Adrian Middleton
Building the Dream by Lynda Collins
Beast by Hannah Lackoff
Gretel’s Way by Colin Fisher
Princess Born by Jan Edwards
A Taste of Honey by Theresa Derwin
Pork, Hammy and Chop by William Meikle

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