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Stories of the Smoke - Launch Party

Stories of the Smoke Lauren - Anne WalrusThanks to everyone who came out to the Betsey Trotwood last night to support the launch of Pandemonium: Stories of the Smoke. We had a full house (or basement, as the case may be) of readers, authors and other assorted animals.

We're pleased to say that the art auction raised over £300 for English PEN - thanks to everyone for bidding so generously and, of course, to Gary Northfield for donating his work. We're glad that the various illustrations are off to loving homes (in a few cases, it seems that the authors bought the pictures for their own story, which is especially cool).

The evening had a host of special guests in the form of Cooey the Pigeon and friends. The pub was packed with fuzzy pigeons (and they seem to have fluttered into most of the evening's photos) courtesy of Lauren O'Farrell (author of Knit the City and Stitch London). [Psst: Lauren is a special secret mystery guest at Gail Carriger's Steampunk Soiree on Monday night - if you like your steampunk surrounded by wooly adorability and knitted squid, this is your chance.]

The good news (depending on where you're sitting) is that we're sold out of Stories of the Smoke in hardcover. The better news: there are an infinite number of copies waiting to be purchased as eBooks. Smoke is a mere £3.99 (for 17 amazing, original stories) and Fire is a whopping 80p. (Americans, you're at $4.99 and .99 - not too shabby, eh?).

Lots of photos up here already, and hopefully more to come! Plus, a video of Stories of the Apocalypse's Scott Andrews and Sophia McDougall having a walrus duel


Photo by Lauren O'Farrell (handy, isn't she?)