Last year, editor (and Steampunk maestro) Jonathan Green contacted me about contributing a story to his anthology, Sharkpunk, coming later this year from Snow Books. Intrigued by the idea of writing something shark-related, I dashed off a story called “Deep Red Bells” which sees the Royal Occultist, Charles St. Cyprian and his assistant, Ebe Gallowglass, confront a ghostly menace at the seaside. Much to my delight, the editor accepted my tale of prehistoric selachiian possession.
From the blurb:
Sharks – the ultimate predators, masters of their watery domain, a world that is entirely alien and inhospitable to man. So many aspects of the shark are associated with humankind’s most primal fears. The tell-tale dorsal fin slicing through the water, the dead eyed-stare, the gaping jaws full to unforgiving teeth, the remorseless drive to kill and feed…
Inspired by such classic pulp movies as Jaws and Deep Blue Sea – as well as such ludicrous delights as Sharknado and Mega Shark vs Giant Octopus – the stories contained within are rip-roaring page-turners and slow-build chillers that celebrate all things savage, pulp and selachian.
Covering the whole range of speculative fiction genres, from horror and Steampunk, through to SF and WTF, these are stories with bite!
It you’re on Twitter, feel free to follow @Sharkpunked and share the handle on #ff Follow Friday. Also, if you ever happen to Tweet about Sharkpunk, please use the hashtag #Sharkpunk. Sharkpunk also has its own Facebook page, which you can access here. The anthology will be out in 2015.