Stone Skin Press is a new British publishing house from the guys behind the very cool RPG publishers Pelgrane Press. In their own words:

Where genre meets literature, where geek culture meets the mainstream, there is Stone Skin Press. With a series of literary anthologies to challenge the boundaries between genres and creative scenes, Stone Skin gathers together writers from such disparate fields as gaming, literary fiction, F/SF, film, YA, comics, and podcasting. Its eclectic author rosters bring colliding perspectives to bear on themes that combine the classic with the surprising.

The first of these anthologies, The New Hero, features a short story by myself, set in an alternate 1988 in which Royal Space Force Space Lieutenant Pete Stone defends the United Kingdom’s new Solar empire in a Cold War that stretches from the frozen moons of Saturn to the burning rock of Mercury. (I previously blogged about this in a little more detail here).

I loved writing the story, and found working with the anthology’s editor, Robin Laws, incredibly rewarding. I’ve been really looking forward to the release of the anthology, so I’m delighted now to announce Stone Skin Press have just announced that they’ll be launching a preview edition of the book.

Here’s what their announcement said:

To celebrate International Short Story Day on Wednesday 20th June, we’ll be launching a preview edition of The New Hero at The London Book Club with Comma Press. Stone Skin Press writers Adam Marek and Janqui Mehta will be there to read from The Lion and The Aardvark, as well as other readings and short films. It’s free, and we’d love to meet you. Read more about the event.

Wednesday 20th June

The Book Club, 100 Leonard Street, London, EC2A 4RH

Doors open 7pm, event starts 7.30pm

Free entry

Contact the venue at or on 020 7684 8618.

For more information on International Short Story day, visit the website, or download the press release.

I’m planning on attending. Would love to meet some of you guys there.