Born OTD in 1936, American poet, novelist, & social activist, Marge Piercy. He, She And It, is a cyberpunk novel by Piercy published in 1991. It won the Arthur C. Clarke Award for Best Science Fiction novel in 1993. The novel examines gender roles, human identity & AI, political economy, environmentalism, love, & storytelling through a suspenseful plot, set in a post-apocalyptic America, of the romance between a human woman & the cyborg created to protect her community from corporate raiders.

In the middle of the twenty-first century, life as we know it has changed for all time. Shira Shipman’s marriage…

The novel begins in Marseilles “thirty years ago” (c. 1826), with the notorious murderer Rigaud telling his cellmate John Baptiste Cavalletto how he killed his wife. Arthur Clennam is detained in Marseilles with a group of travellers in quarantine. He meets new friends in the quarantine. He is returning to London to see his mother after 20 years in China with his father, handling that part of the family business. His father died there. On his deathbed, his father had given him a mysterious message, murmuring “Your mother,” which message and a watch Arthur mails to Mrs Clennam.

Inside the watch casing is an old silk paper with the initials DNF (do not forget) worked in beads. It…

Do you dare to read the Tales of Terror? A stunning & commercial new paperback package for this chilling collection of short stories, illustrated throughout by David Roberts & featuring a gloriously creepy new cover! Uncle Montague lives alone in a big house & his regular visits from his nephew give him the opportunity to retell some of the most frightening stories he knows. But as the stories unfold, another even more spine-tingling narrative emerges, one that is perhaps the most frightening of all. Uncle Montague’s tales of terror, it transpires, are not so much works of imagination as dreadful, lurking memories.

Memories of an earlier time in which Uncle Montague lived a very different life to his present solitary existence… Can’t…

The Last Man is a post-apocalyptic science fiction novel by Mary Shelley, which was first published in 1826. The book tells of a future world that has been ravaged by a plague. Shelley states in the introduction that in 1818 she discovered, in the Sibyl’s cave near Naples, a collection of prophetic writings painted on leaves by the Cumaean Sibyl. She has edited these writings into the current narrative, the first-person narrative of a man living at the end of the 21st century, commencing in 2073 and concluding in 2100.

The Last Man is Mary Shelley’s apocalyptic fantasy of the end of human civilisation. Set in the late twenty-first century,…

David Lynch – co-creator of Twin Peaks and writer and director of groundbreaking films such as Eraserhead, The Elephant Man, Blue Velvet and Mulholland Drive – opens up about a lifetime of extraordinary creativity, the friendships he has made along the way and the struggles he has faced to bring his projects to fruition.

Room to Dream is both an astonishing memoir told in Lynch’s own words and a landmark biography based on hundreds…

Born OTD in 1940, Jamaican musical artist popular in the 1960s and 1970s, Derrick Morgan. In 1959, Morgan entered the recording studio for the first time. Duke Reid, the sound system boss, was looking for talent to record for his Treasure Isle record label. Morgan cut two popular shuffle-boogie sides “Lover Boy”, a.k.a. “S-Corner Rock”, and “Oh My”. Soon after, Morgan cut the bolero-tinged boogie “Fat Man”, which also became a hit. He also found time to record for Coxsone Dodd. In 1960 Morgan became the only artist ever to fill the places from one to seven on the Jamaican pop chart simultaneously.

Secret records are releasing a compilation of early tracks from the only artist ever to fill the places from one…

During her lifetime Violet Paget, who wrote as Vernon Lee, was referred to as ‘the greatest of modern exponents of the supernatural in fiction’, and yet today she remains on the periphery of the genre. This collection of her uniquely weird short stories and dark fantasies proves why she was once considered among the best of the genre, and why she deserves to return to those ranks today.

From modernised folk tales such as ‘Marsyas in Flanders’ and ‘The Legend of Madame Krasinska’ to ingenious psychological hauntings such…

Surging out of the sea, the Bass Rock has for centuries watched over the lives that pass under its shadow on the Scottish mainland. And across the centuries the fates of three women are linked: to this place, to each other. In the early 1700s, Sarah, accused of being a witch, flees for her life. In the aftermath of the Second World War, Ruth navigates a new house, a new husband and the strange waters of the local community. Six decades later, the house stands empty. Viv, mourning the death of her father, catalogues Ruth’s belongings and discovers her place in the past – and perhaps a way forward.

Each woman’s choices are circumscribed, in ways big and small, by the men in their lives. But in sisterhood there…

Look out of your window, walk down a country path or go to the beach in Great Britain, & you are sure to see many wild species that you can take home & eat. From dandelions in spring to sloe berries in autumn, via wild garlic, samphire, chanterelles & even grasshoppers, our countryside is full of edible delights in any season. John Wright is the country’s foremost expert in foraging & brings decades of experience, including as forager at the River Cottage, to this seasonal guide. Month by month, he shows us what species can be found & where, how to identify them, & how to store, use & cook them.

You’ll learn the stories behind the Latin names, the best way to tap a Birch tree, and how to fry…

Howling down the tunnels comes a new collection showcasing the greatest stories of strange happenings on the tracks, many of which are republished here for the first time since their original departure. Waiting beyond the barrier are ghostly travelling companions bent on disturbing the commutes of the living, a subway car disappearing into a different dimension without a trace, and a man’s greatest fears realized on the ghost train of a carnival.

An express ticket to unforgettable journeys into the supernatural, from the open railways of Europe and America to the pressing…