2018 marked our first books going out into the world – and we couldn’t be more excited to see how well they’re thriving.
The Colour of Madness
The Colour of Madness is our first publication – and we couldn’t be prouder to see it out in the world. Our editors, Samara Linton and Rianna Walcott have done a fantastic job of going through all of the submissions (and, trust us, we had a lot) and we would never envy them the job of picking which goes to yes and which to no. But through their hard work and the amazing submissions we received, we had a glowing anthology that has already begun to make its mark.
The Colour of Madness was officially launched at Ugly Duck in London alongside a Black Sheroes exhibition on the 5th October – we couldn’t have asked for anything better. And although we knew this book was important, we never expected it to be as popular as it was: we quickly sold out and had to order another print run! But seriously, who could have resisted this gorgeous book that presented a kaleidoscope of poetry, short stories, essays and artwork that subverts our expectations of mental health? It’s also had additional events in its honour, including when Waterstones Birmingham hosted an event with our two contributors, Reba Khatun and Dr Shahed Yousaf, to coincide with Black History Month.
We’ve enjoyed excellent reviews and ratings on Goodreads (4.69 out of 5, as of writing) and Amazon (4.6 out of 5). It’s an incredible book, summarised by one reviewer as “great insights on mental health and illness, wonderful stories and heartfelt experiences.”
Our first novel is Aphra’s Child, a fantasy Young Adult from renowned writer Lesley Glaister under our Stone Cold Fox imprint. Tula is a chimera – half human, half animal – and isolated from the rest of the world that seeks her kind as undeserving of personhood. When her mother Aphra is taken from their home, Tula must venture into the city to find her whilst concealing what she truly is. Lesley has outdone herself with her first venture into the genre, and the world of the Chimera will be continued in an exciting trilogy that you’ll be gulp down in one sitting.
Aphra's Child was launched 11th October in Glasgow, followed by another event in Edinburgh shortly after. It's described by one Amazon reviewer as "feature[ing] a sprawling fantasy world, suspense, and a smattering of romance […] there is certainly something for everyone here."
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