Kickstart Disturbing the Beast

Disturbing the Beast Kickstarter launches 3rd September: Weird fiction from women writers featuring Aliya Whiteley, Kirsty Logan and more. 

Kickstart Disturbing the Beast

Disturbing the Beast is a collection of weird fiction stories by some of the best women writers in the UK, featuring Kirsty Logan, Aliya Whiteley and other talented up-and-coming writers. It’s our debut collection to celebrate the strength, courage and literary talents of women.

The Disturbing the Beast collection explores lesser talked about female centred topics including sexual abuse, pregnancy issues and body image. We’re keen to unearth these subjects in a healthy and respectful way, something that they feel is not often considered in mainstream contemporary literature.

The anthology will be funded by a Kickstarter campaign which launches on Monday 3rd September 2018 and we want your help on that date. Share it on Twitter/Facebook/Instagram, tell your literary friends/colleagues/Gran and shout about some awesome fiction from women! 

On another exciting note, submissions are still open to women and those who identify as women from the UK until Friday 14th September. Submit to Disturbing the Beast

Disturbing the Beast will be published by Boudicca Press in early 2019.

Disturbing the Beast press pack

Access Disturbing the Beast press pack on Google Drive

Download Disturbing the Beast press release

Disturbing the Beast artwork by Hannah Mosley

About Kirsy Logan

Kirsty Logan is the author of the novels The Gloaming and The Gracekeepers, short story collections A Portable Shelter and The Rental Heart & Other Fairytales, flash fiction chapbook The Psychology of Animals Swallowed Alive, and short memoir The Old Asylum in the Woods at the Edge of the Town Where I Grew Up. Her books won the Lambda Literary Award, Polari Prize, Saboteur Award, Scott Prize and Gavin Wallace Fellowship. Her work has been translated into Japanese and Spanish, recorded for radio and podcasts, exhibited in galleries and distributed from a vintage Wurlitzer cigarette machine. She lives in Glasgow with her wife.

About Aliya Whiteley 

Aliya Whiteley was born in Devon in 1974, and currently lives in Sussex with her husband, daughter and dog. She writes novels, short stories and non-fiction and has been published in places such as The Guardian, Interzone, McSweeney’s Internet Tendency, Black Static, Strange Horizons, and anthologies such as Fox Spirit’s European Monsters and Lonely Planet’s Better than Fiction I and II. She has been nominated for the Pushcart Prize twice and won the Drabblecast People’s Choice Award in 2007.

Her latest novella for Unsung Stories, The Loosening Skin, is due to be published in October 2018. The Arrival of Missives was published in May 2016 by Unsung Stories. The previous novella, The Beauty, was shortlisted for a Shirley Jackson Award and a Sabotage Award and appeared on the Honors List for the James Tiptree Jr Award. Other published works of hers include a collection of short stories, a novel from Dog Horn Publishing, and a black comedy crime novel from Macmillan.

About artist Hannah Mosley 

Hannah Mosley is the artist who created the cover for Disturbing the Beast. She is a tattooist, illustrator and author from Manchester, UK. She tells stories for big people on skin, and stories for everyone on paper and screen.

About Boudicca Press

Boudicca Press celebrates the strength, courage and literary talents of women. We publish weird, literary and relationship fiction by women in the UK.

It’s run by Helen Ellwood and Nici West, two writer/editors who have a passion for breath-taking literature, women’s voices and women’s stories. We created Boudicca because we felt that women weren’t getting enough exposure in the weird fiction genre. 

We love strong female-led stories filled with breath-taking prose, in the genre of weird, literary and relationship fiction. Stories that stay with you. Stories that are reflective and deep. Stories that empower women. We publish short stories from women or people who identify as women, of all ages in the UK. We particularly love pieces that address lesser talked about female centred topics such as sexual abuse, pregnancy issues and body image. Disturbing the Beast is our debut anthology. 

About Nici West – Boudicca Press Editor

Nici West is a former co-founder of award-winning Bad Language Manchester, who published four anthologies and continue to run award-winning live literature nights. She was General Editor of The Cadaverine, publishing new writing from under 30’s, for five years, and produced and edited an anthology showcasing the best of The Cadaverine. She was editor for independent published, Quartet Books, where she worked on a number of successful books. She’s also a successful freelance project manager and editor.

About Helen Ellwood – Boudicca Press Editor

Helen Ellwood is a writer, copywriter and proofreader. She loves to make short films and create creatures from felt and paper mache. Her favourite writers include Octavia Butler, Sarah Pinborough, Sarah Crow, Gail Honeyman and Anne McCaffrey.