'Hilariously surreal snapshots of working class Scotland. Limmy meets Irvine Welsh' - Ewan Denny, Link & Lorne
From the streets of working class Scotland, and on occasion, a little beyond our solar system, comes one of the country's most hilarious debut writers. Putting surreal and witty twists on the everyday, Chris McQueer creates recognisable characters you will love and want to avoid like the plague.
'Essential window into many of the hazard-strewn worlds younger women are living in right now’ – Margaret Atwood, The Handmaid's Tale (Twitter)
With intolerance and inequality increasingly normalised by the day, it's more important than ever for women to share their experiences. Nasty Women is a collection of essays, interviews and accounts on what it is to be a woman in the 21st century.
'Angela Carter for the millennial generation' - Meena Kandasamy.
Swimming and suffering. Spikes loom ever-threatening. Seas where the dead lie pressed into a layer of silt. Mary Somerville, future Queen of Science. A coven of two. Mayhem & Death is the matured, darker collection, showing McClory’s ability to envelop and entrance her readers with lyrical language of lore, stunning settings and curious characters.
In On the Edges of Vision, unease sounds itself in the language of legend.
Whether telling of a boy cyclops or a pretty dead girl, drowned sailors or the devil himself, each story draws the reader towards not bleakness but a tale half-told, a truth half-true: that the monster is human, and only wants to reach out and take you by the hand.
What you are about to read is confidential. One of the Ombudsman of the Preternatural's former Special Agents went missing in 2015 and it's time to answer the question that the authorities have ignored: what happened to James Scythe? Many have tried to follow the unnatural and unsettling story of Southampton's prolific mystery but no one has been granted full access to the official James Scythe case files to piece together exactly what happened to him in his last days. Until now.
Nadine Aisha Jassat is a poet, writer and creative practitioner, working within the movement to end gender-based violence. She won the British Council's open call for new writing from the UK and Turkey, is a Scottish Book Trust New Writers Awardee, and was named in the Young Women's Movement 30 Under 30.
Helen McClory lives in Edinburgh and grew up between there and the Isle of Skye. Her first collection, On the Edges of Vision, won the Saltire First Book of the Year 2015. Her debut novel, Flesh of the Peach, was published by Freight in Spring 2017. There is a moor and a cold sea in her heart.
Chris McQueer is a 20-something year old writer in Glasgow. Chris kept his writing a secret from his friends and family for several months before his girlfriend, Vanessa, encouraged him to share his work through Twitter (@ChrisMcQueer). Since then he has earned a reputation as 'That Guy Oan Twitter Who Writes Short Stories'.
Lilly Banning is a librarian based in London who likes the quieter things in life. She graduated with a BA (Hons) in Sociology more years ago than she cares to admit and spent a decade of her life working as an investigator, which she has now (thankfully) put to bed. James Scythe was her last case.