Charles Dickens lived and breathed London in a way few authors ever have, before or since. In his fiction, his non-fiction, and even his own life, Dickens cast an extraordinary shadow over the city he so loved - so much so, indeed, that his name has become synonymous with a certain image of London. A London of terrible social inequality and matchless belief in the human potential; a London filled with the comic and the repulsive, the industrious and the feckless, the faithful and the faithless, the selfish and the selfless.
Pandemonium: Stories of the Smoke is dedicated to bringing together original short stories by some of today's finest genre authors - stories about London and inspired by Charles Dickens, the self-styled Sparkler of Albion.
Contributors include: Archie Black, David Bryher, Aliette de Bodard, Michelle Goldsmith, Jonathan Green, Alexis Kennedy, Sarah Anne Langton, Rebecca Levene, Sarah Lotz, Glen Mehn, David Thomas Moore, Adam Roberts, Esther Saxey, Lavie Tidhar, Jenni van der Merwe, James Wallis and Kaaron Warren.
Smoke is introduced by Christopher Fowler and illustrated by the amazing Gary Northfield. A portion of all proceeds from the sales of Smoke goes to English PEN, a cause of which Dickens would wholly approve.
We're pleased to say that the collection has come together brilliantly and is scheduled for an April release. Smoke will be published both as an eBook and as a numbered hardcover edition of 100 copies. Pre-orders are now open for the hardcover only. Due to retailer commitments, we have a fixed number available for direct sale. Please pounce swiftly to avoid disappointment.
As a further incentive, anyone ordering the limited edition before 1 March will also receive a copy of the eBook upon publication.