You think you’ve been paid to impersonate a Valkyrie for the computer nerds who think they are heroes, because you are blonde, muscular and really tall – and then you discover there is rather more to the gig than you thought. Is that – actually – Odin?
Louisa Gummer reads an extract from ValCon, one of the stories in Liam Hogan’s debut fantasy short story collection, Happy Ending NOT Guaranteed.
Oxford: Albion Beatnik on Friday 28/04/2017 7.30 Walton Street, Oxford, OX2 6AA (£2 on the door)
Get yer readings, they’re luverly. Only three a week, catch em while they’re ‘ot!
Tottenham Court Road Thursday Books Showoff is a monthly literary comedy night in the basement of Waterstones TCR. Joining compere Steve Cross for April’s edition are:
lots of other people including Liam Hogan – London-based writer Liam Hogan will be picking apart the economics of short story writing, using his recently published collection as an example. Trigger Alert: may cause authors in the audience to weep bitter tears.
for those of you who missed it here’s Liam and Louisa Gummer (reading Valcon) at this week’s North Kensington reading.
There will be video eventually, trouble is being had with uploading.
In the realms of fantasy, it is foolish to upset the wee folk, downright dangerous to incur the curse of a witch, and above all, it is perilous to ignore a warning.
Happy Ending Not Guaranteed Contains twenty-seven stories of dark fantasy, from chess-playing automatons to smooth-talking Celtic faeries; from the Longitude Act of 1714 to the End of the World (in fractal form). Bad Kings, bad demons, and bad days abound.
There is humour even in darkness. You just have to look harder for it.
We have our final line up for next Thursday, 18th June, 7pm
at West Greenwich Library SE10 8NN.
We are celebrating the 800th anniversary of the signing of Magna Carta with songs, stories, and a poem; all of which are free.
Books will be on sale in the interval, and wine, tea and coffee are available for a donation. There may be snacks as well, depending on whether we have time to source them on the day along with everything else.