In this town we call home / Everyone hail to the pumpkin song…

If human beings had genuine courage, they’d wear their costumes every day of the year, not just on Halloween.
— Douglas Coupland

Can I let you in on a secret, dear friend of Book-ish (you and the entire, public Internet)?

I’m not actually that fussed about Hallowe’en. Pumpkin risotto and a Hammer film and I’m set for the night. But when you’re a recovering goth and Gothic Studies student whose taste in books starts with “does it have a skull on the cover”, there are certain expectations that accumulate around you, and I don’t like to disappoint people – and this year’s Hallowe’en publishing crop is really rather good.

So, here’s a list of new releases (and one or two old favourites) for boils, ghouls and spooks of all ages. Enjoy!

Imprint of the Month

This month, our spotlight falls on the appropriately macabre Nyx PublishingThis small Sheffield-based indie publisher specialises in genre fiction – Gothic fantasy, science fiction and horror – and has leant into queer characters and unusual stories since its founding in 2019. Short story anthology Unspeakable is joined by Dracula re-imagining  A Dowry of Blood and dark fantasy novella The Bone Way. Riveting stuff.

Literary Festival

Crickhowell Literary Festival is right around the corner, and we’re going into high gear with the ordering of books and the organising of people. With over fifty events across four days, and dozens of authors appearing, a full book list would be very extremely long – which is why it’ll have a blog post all to itself later this week. Stay tuned – and in the meantime, check the programme and buy your tickets at the Festival website.

Staff Picks

That’s all from me for now – see you in a week with that book list!