D A WATSON
"The Christoper Brookmyre of horror. Watson knows his genre and he's not afraid
to subvert it, Readers, on the other hand, will be very, very afraid."
Louise Welsh - Best-selling author of the Plague Times series.
After years in the call centre and hospitality sectors, D.A. Watson had a very sensible plan to go back to school and qualify as a teacher and was halfway through a music and media degree at the University of Glasgow when he discovered he was actually better at writing.
Based on the Scottish legend of mass-murdering cannibal Sawney Beane, his debut novel In the Devil's Name was unleashed on an unsuspecting public in the summer of 2012. Plans of a stable career in education left firmly in the dust, Watson later gained his master's degree in Creative Writing from the University of Stirling. He has since published two more novels; the epic Vikings and werewolves saga The Wolves of Langabhat, and the Faustian rock n' roll chiller Cuttin' Heads, plus several prizewinning stories and poems, including Durty Diana, which was nominated for a Pushcart Prize in the US in 2016, and the Burns parody Tam O' Shatner, a competition winner at the Falkirk Storytelling Festival, runner up in the Dunedin Burns Poetry Competition in New Zealand, and nominated for the People's Book Prize in 2018.
I couldn't believe Adonias Low hadn't been snatched up. The third page in and I was smitten. This is genre-bending brilliance - Pale Rider meets the cast of Butterfield 8 and gets foutered.
Publication date: February 2021
Kirsti has a PhD in Scottish Literature from the University of St Andrews and received a New Writers Bursary from the Scottish Arts Council in 2005. Her short stories have appeared in New Writing Scotland, The Eildon Tree, 404 Ink, Glasgow Review of Books, Product Magazine and The Seven Wonders of Scotlandanthology. She’s been a Hawthornden Fellow, a contestant in Literary Death Match and is a regular contributor to The One O’clock Gun, a literary free-sheet to be found in the darker recesses of Edinburgh pubs. Come say hello @kirstiw.
Our associate editor, Laura brought The Pocketbook Guide To Scottish Superheroes to my attention. A witty and poignant book which handles difficult themes carefully underpinned by exquisite writing.
I met Kirsti recently for tea (as you do) and I loved her instantly - I could see just how much of herself is found in her work and I am thrilled to bring her into the Stirling family.
The Pocketbook Guide To Scottish Superheroes will be published in 2020
Eliza has had more than twenty of her plays produced in the U.K. and the U.S. and has won awards in both countries. She has written a prize-winning short film, www.cookingtheearth.com, and her theatrical achievements are listed at www.elizawyattplays.com. Eliza was born in Brighton, England, and rather impressively completed her Master in Fine Arts in Playwriting at Brandeis University, Boston.
Annabel Langoni is Eliza's first novel and Stirling Publishing are so happy to have signed such a talented and exceptionally lovely writer. Her novel is part romance, part coming-of-age, part historical novel and as you'd expect the author's skill as a playwright is evident with crisp authentic dialogue and strong, almost corporeal characters.
Annabel Langoni will arrive in readers hands in 2020.