MURDER BALLADS. Now available to pre-order.

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A collection of seventeen dark tales & novellas, in which some of today’s finest weird story writers provide previously unpublished work inspired by traditional murder ballads. The results are sometimes enigmatic, sometimes witty, sometimes desperately grim; just like the songs they often appear to belong outside — either before or after — recorded time, in some malleable epoch of blood-drenched mythology. They channel not only these ballads, but also that certain brand of outmoded publication which once revelled so joyfully in all manner of luridness; publications such as The Newgate Calendar, The Illustrated Police News and of course the Victorian Penny Dreadful.

It is sumptuously illustrated with reclaimed images from these glorious sources. mb1

The full contents are as follows….


Twa Sisters, Ane Swan by Avalon Brantley

The Ballad Box by Alison Littlewood

And Yet Speaketh by Timothy J. Jarvis

Heaven’s Nightblooming Garden by Helen Marshall

The Baby Farmer by Philip Fracassi

The Sweet Princess Prized by Brendan Connell

mb3Black Wedding: A Footnote by Louis Marvick

The Heart is a Mirror for Sinners by Angela Slatter

The Vampyre Trap by Reggie Oliver

The Kink of Human Mildness by Rhys Hughes

In Scarlet Town by Rosanne Rabinowitz

“We’ll Never Know” by Daniel Mills

Something Close to Grace by Lisa L. Hannett

Out of Bounds by Stephen J. Clark

Old Maid by Colin Insole

os cithara by Charles Schneider mb2

Through Flame and Fume by Albert Power

Edited by Mark Beech,  the book has 385 pages; is a lithographically printed, sewn hardback with colour endpapers. It is limited to just 375 copies.

It can be pre-ordered HERE for £35.00, inclusive of postage worldwide.

mb4Ordered copies will be despatched on, or slightly before 20th Feb 2017.

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