We are huge fans of Charlie Jane Anders’ incredible All The Birds In The Sky and Brian Catling’s stunning The Vorrh, so the fact that the two authors will be in conversation to talk dark fantasy is very exciting indeed.
Anders and Catling will be talking at Waterstones Piccadilly on Monday 20th March at 7pm as part of the Post-Apocalyptic Book Club.
In case you need a refresher, or if you haven’t yet got around to reading these authors, here’s a quick synopsis of All The Birds In The Sky:
“Patricia is a witch who can communicate with birds. Laurence is a mad scientist and inventor of the two second time machine. As teenagers they gravitate towards one another, sharing in the horrors of growing up weird.
When they later reconnect as adults, Laurence is an engineering genius living in near-future San Francisco, trying to escape a planet falling apart with technological intervention.
As they each take sides in a cataclysmic war between science and magic, Laurence and Patricia find themselves trying to make sense of life, sex and adulthood on the brink of the apocalypse.”
And here’s the synopsis for The Erstwhile, the second book in Catling’s The Vorrh trilogy.
“The Vorrh is a vast unmapped and very mysterious jungle in Africa. No-one comes out of it in one piece.
Survivors report strange, mind-bending phenomena and horrific monsters. It is rumoured that the Garden of Eden still exists somewhere in the middle of it.
In The Erstwhile it transpires that some angels have escaped Eden and the Vorrh and are living in hiding in London, some in disguise as lunatics in Bedlam, one as a mutilated dog. It is also revealed that William Blake, a character in these novels, in interacting with these angels.”
For ticket information, visit the Waterstones page here.
If you haven’t read Anders and Catling, we recommend that you do so as quickly as possible, and this is sure to be something that you don’t want to miss.
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