I’m delighted to announce the inclusion of my short story ‘Watchers’ in the forthcoming anthology Clamour and Mischief, edited by Narrelle M. Harris (contributor to Richard III-inspired anthology Grant ME the Carving of My Name) and to be published by Melbourne-based Clan Destine Press in November.
The evocative cover has just been revealed.
I can’t wait to share this new story with you. You may recognize one or two familiar faces from The Order of the White Boar sequence in it – but perhaps not ones you might be expecting! ‘Watchers’ is just a little different from my other writing. I wonder what you’ll make of it…
The press release from Clan Destine Press is as follows:
“We are thrilled to unveil the cover for our upcoming Clamour and Mischief anthology! Read on to see our incredible authors!
A clamour of rooks. A mischief of magpies. A storytelling of crows.
All the corvids – the rooks and ravens, the jays and jackdaws, the crows and magpies – have the best collective nouns. A parliament and a party. Tidings and titterings, bands and trains. An unkindness.
Clamour and Mischief brings a veritable storytelling of crows to the corvidae, the bird family known for intelligence and cunning and for their connection with folklore and urban legends. These storytellers come from around the world and include award-winning and -shortlisted authors as well as emerging writers and fledgling authors in their professional debut.
This anthology’s sixteen striking stories are imbued with all the humour, darkness, wisdom, artfulness, vengefulness and magic of the birds that inspired them. Take them as a jest, a guide, or a warning – but don’t, whatever you do, ignore them!
Narrelle M Harris and Clan Destine Press are proud to announce the Table of Contents for Clamour and Mischief, due for release in the last quarter of 2022.
• “Once upon a Midnight” by Raymond Gates
• “All That Glitters” by GV Pearce
• “Sleuthing for a Cause” by Eugen Bacon
• “The Past is not a Present” by Geneve Flynn
• “Watchers” by Alex Marchant
• “The Song of Crows” by Jack Fennell
• “Kūpara and Tekoteko” by Lee Murray
• “Build Another Nest for Phantom Feathers” by RJK Lee
• “Branwen and the Three Ravens” by Dannye Chase
• “Seven for a Secret” by Narrelle M Harris
• “The Girl and the Crow” by R.D. White
• “The Jackdaw Maiden” by Katya de Becerra
• “The Language of Birds” by Jason Franks
• “Murder of Crows” by George Ivanoff
• “The Devil’s Teeth” by Tamara M Bailey
• “Quoth the Raven” by Gabiann Marin
Publisher: Clan Destine Press – https://www.clandestinepress.net/
Cover Image © Andrea L Farley (aka Altocello)”
Alex Marchant is author of two books telling the story of the real King Richard III for children aged 10+, The Order of the White Boar and The King’s Man, and a third in the sequence, King in Waiting, which continues the adventures of the young members of the Order in the following years. A fourth book, Sons of York, was published in June 2022.
Alex is also editor of Grant Me the Carving of My Name and Right Trusty and Well Beloved…, two anthologies of short fiction inspired by King Richard, sold in support of Scoliosis Association UK (SAUK).
Alex has also published a standalone timeslip novel for readers aged 10+, Time out of Time, relating the adventures of Allie Turner through a doorway into history found under layers of old wallpaper at ancient Priory Farm.
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