Speculative fiction fans, have we got a treat for you. This fall, award-winning short story writer Priya Sharma is releasing her debut novella, Ormeshadow. The story introduces readers to the Belman family and explores the line between reality and mythology. Bookish has an exclusive first look at the cover, and we can’t wait to share it with you!
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From the gorgeous gold to the dusting of rust at the edges, we’re loving the little touches cover designer Henry Sene Yee put into this captivating design.
Ormeshadow hits shelves on October 15, 2019. Read the official synopsis below and then preorder it here!
Burning with resentment and intrigue, this fantastical family drama invites readers to dig up the secrets of the Belman family, and wonder whether myths and legends are real enough to answer for a history of sin.
Uprooted from Bath by his father’s failures, Gideon Belman finds himself stranded on Ormeshadow farm, an ancient land of chalk and ash and shadow. His uncle’s land crests the Orme, a buried, sleeping dragon that dreams of resentment, jealousy, estrangement, and death. Or so the folklore says. Growing up in a house that hates him, Gideon finds his only comforts in the land. Gideon will live or die by the Orme, as all his family has.
Priya Sharma’s fiction has appeared in Interzone, Black Static, Nightmare, The Dark, and Tor.com. She’s been anthologised in several of Ellen Datlow’s Best Horror of the Year series, Paula Guran’s Year’s Best Dark Fantasy & Horror series, Jonathan Strahan’s The Best Science Fiction & Fantasy 2014, Steve Haynes’ Best British Fantasy 2014, and Johnny Main’s Best British Horror 2015. She’s also been on many Locus’ Recommended Reading Lists. “Fabulous Beasts” was a Shirley Jackson Award finalist and won a British Fantasy Award for Short Fiction. She is a Grand Judge for the Aeon Award, an annual writing competition run by Albedo One, Ireland’s longest-running and foremost magazine of the Fantastic. A collection of some of Priya’s work, All the Fabulous Beasts, was released in 2018 from Undertow Publications.