Animals was published in the US this week and reviewed in the New York Times I am blown away by this and will be until the DAY I DIE.

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Meeting this guy was a highlight of my summer

As some of you might know, every winter I make an anthology of ghost stories with a collective of friends. We call ourselves Curious Tales. It’s a bit of fun. I mean, a lot of fun. We do everything ourselves, for the sheer love of creepiness. This year, the collection will be called Congregation of Innocents: Five Curious Tales. It’s a neon-drenched, woozy, hazy, joyous little bundle of unease. My story is about a train journey, a music festival, and a girl in a yellow anorak.

Like its predecessors, the book will be print-only, limited edition and fully illustrated by the artist Beth Ward. Here’s the cover:

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The stories and artwork within are all in some way inspired by the work of Shirley Jackson (‘The Lottery’), commemorating 50 years since her death. We are very proud to have an introduction by the novelist Patrick McGrath.

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We also have a new collaborator for 2015: Ian Williams, who has created our first Curious Tales graphic short story as part of the book.

Congregation of Innocents will be published on 31 October 2015 and we will be touring the UK with a series of performances and talks – more details soon. You can preorder the book here soon, and thank you if you do.

Meantime, stay freaky.

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Animals won a Jerwood Fiction Uncovered Prize 2015! The book will be promoted in WH Smith stores over summer. (It is also part of their Fresh Talent promotion – double whammy from WH Smith, cheers!) I’m phenomenally grateful to the judges as the prize will make a big difference both to Animals and to the next book I’m working on. The prize money means writing time. So thank you, Jerwood, very much!

The Jerwood Fiction Uncovered Prize 2015 took place in central London on 18 June at the Jerwood space. The award celebrates the best fiction writers of the year Winners of this years awards, with presenters l-r: Shonagh Manson, Director of Jerwood Charitable Foundation, Bethan Roberts, Carys Davies, Jo Mazelis, Grace McCleen, Lavie Tidhar, Susan Barker, Emma Jane Unsworth, David Whitehouse, India Knight, Chair of Judges, and Antonia Byatt, Literature Director at Arts Council England

The Jerwood Fiction Uncovered Prize 2015 took place in central London on 18 June at the Jerwood space. The award celebrates the best fiction writers of the year
Winners of this years awards, with presenters l-r:
Shonagh Manson, Director of Jerwood Charitable Foundation, Bethan Roberts, Carys Davies, Jo Mazelis, Grace McCleen, Lavie Tidhar, Susan Barker, Emma Jane Unsworth, David Whitehouse, India Knight, Chair of Judges, and Antonia Byatt, Literature Director at Arts Council England

The Jerwood Fiction Uncovered Prize 2015 took place in central London on 18 June at the Jerwood space. The award celebrates the best fiction writers of the year Winner Emma Jane Unsworth, author of Animals with the 2015 judges

The Jerwood Fiction Uncovered Prize 2015 took place in central London on 18 June at the Jerwood space. The award celebrates the best fiction writers of the year
Winner Emma Jane Unsworth, author of Animals with the 2015 judges

The prize also includes a hand-bound edition of the novel, which is just about the loveliest thing I’ve ever seen.

The Jerwood Fiction Uncovered Prize 2015 took place in central London on 18 June at the Jerwood space. The award celebrates the best fiction writers of the year. Image shows the hand bound books presented to the winning authors

The Jerwood Fiction Uncovered Prize 2015 took place in central London on 18 June at the Jerwood space. The award celebrates the best fiction writers of the year.
Image shows the hand bound books presented to the winning authors

Photos by Alicia Canter.

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The US galley proofs are OUT! Here’s one on a very happy pile over at Europa Editions, NYC. The book will be published in the States in October. For more information please email publicity@europaeditions.com

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I finished the first draft of the Animals screenplay… The mighty Guy Garvey is writing the soundtrack… More soon…

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The Animals paperback is out June 4th in the UK – here’s the cover! Thanks, Canongate. I think we’ve all been there…

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In case you missed it, I wrote this piece about my obsession with motorhomes for last Saturday’s Guardian Weekend magazine…

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