Heroes: A Story of The Violent Century

My latest short story is now up online at Strange Horizons. There s also an audio version.

“Heroes” is a stand-alone episode in the world of The Violent Century, and part of a small cycle I’ve been working on featuring Spit, who otherwise appears in a relatively minor role in the novel. Another story, “Aftermaths”, appears only in the US hardcover edition of the novel, and a third, “The Rainmaker”, will appear in the anthology Adam’s Ladder from PS Publishing, at some point.

The story was written for a Spanish charity anthology, WhiteStar, edited by Cristina Jurado. The anthology will be out in November, with profits going in support of cancer research. I was asked to write something to do with a David Bowie song, and “Heroes”, with its Berlin Wall subject, seemed appropriate.

There’s no particular requirement to read the novel first, of course! The Violent Century, however, for those interested, is currently out in US and UK editions, and in Japan, with Polish and Chinese editions forthcoming. It was longlisted for the IMPAC Dublin Literature Prize, and was shortlisted for the Japanese Seiun Award.

Berlin. 1987.

Sometimes it feels to Spit as though she’s stuck here, in time; that it’s always bloody Berlin, and it’s always 1987. Big hair, synths, glasnost, Donkey bloody Kong. She hates the whole fucking decade. She can’t wait for it to end. In the apartment across the street from the Wall, Whirlwind is looking through binoculars at Checkpoint Charlie. Somewhere nearby, by the Reichstag, Bowie is playing a live concert. He’s singing “Heroes.”

“Oh, do shut up, David,” Spit says.

Continue reading…

Tutim! Tutim!

“Tutim”, one of my very favourite stories, combines my love of satire and strange alternate histories with actual politics – and keen-eyed readers will, of course, recognise the title reference to the famous Yona Wallach poem. Anyhow, “Tutim” was only published as part of my non-fiction collaboration with Shimon Adaf, Art And War: Poetry, Pulp And Politics in Israeli Fiction, published by Repeater Books, a book-length conversation between us which includes a pair of twinned stories, my own “Tutim”, and Shimon’s “third_attribute”.

However, you can now read the story itself online, as it’s been just posted to the Repeater Books blog.

“You have to leave,” the voice said. “They’re coming for you now.”

Tirosh sat up, suddenly awake.

“It is no longer safe for you there,” the voice said. “Go. Take nothing with you.”

“Not even poems?” Tirosh said.

“You don’t understand,” the voice said. “They are coming for all the poets.”

Art and War

Art and War is published by Repeater Books in trade paperback and e-book formats. Order from:

Camera Obscura US Publication Day!

Camera Obscura is officially out today in the US and Canada. This jazzy new edition comes with a new Sarah Anne Langton cover and bonus “from the lost files of the Bookman Histories” short story “Titanic!”

The UK edition officially comes out in 2 more days!


In the last decade of a 19th century unlike our own, Milady de Winter is called to the scene of an impossible crime. A gruesome murder on the Rue Morgue sets her against a ghostly serial killer, and on a voyage that leads from the catacombs of Paris to the wonders of the New World – where new horrors lie in wait.

In Camera Obscura, World Fantasy Award winner Lavie Tidhar combines the Victorian penny dreadful with exploitation cinema to create a wide-screen thriller of redemption: complete with mad scientists, secret societies, Shaolin monks and figures liberally borrowed from the literature of the era – as only he can.

Extra! Extra! Read all about it! For the first time, the 2016 edition also includes ‘Titanic’, a short story from the Lost Files of the Bookman Histories.

New MP3 CD Editions

While Audible editions of the Bookman novels have been available for a while, the audiobooks can now be acquired as a physical CD from Brilliance Audio, available from Amazon. Do people still use CDs?

The Bookman

Camera Obscura

The Great Game

Meanwhile, nice to see people have been picking up the new paperback edition of The Bookman. I believe Camera Obscura is back from the printers, and is officially out exactly a week from now!


Announcing The Jewish Mexican Literary Review!

Today’s the day!

I’m delighted to announce The Jewish Mexican Literary Review, with a brand-new issue live at thejmlr.com. This is a new (old-new?) ecclectic magazine, free online, co-edited by myself and Silvia Moreno-Garcia.


We’ve got poetry from Bryan Thao Worra and Ng Yi-Sheng, fantastic new fiction from Naomi Alderman and Kuzhali Manickavel, and dual-language fiction from Nelly Geraldine Garcia Rosas (Spanish and English) and Shimon Adaf (Hebrew and English). Plus David Bowles with a Nahuatl dictionary.

Reviews come courtesy of Molly Tanzer and Orrin Grey. The fantastic cover art is by Jason Wright, who is the subject of this issue’s illustrated interview.

Jews! Mexicans! Bacon! Poetry! Multiple award winning authors! Imaginary films! Politics! Pornography! And zombies!

The Jewish Mexican Literary Review

Out Now!