Paul Meloy

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Paul Meloy
Paul Meloy - sept 2009.jpg
Born 1966
Surrey, England
Occupation Psychiatric Nurse & Writer
Nationality British
Period Present
Genre Horror & Fantasy
Subject English Literature

Paul Meloy is an English born writer of what Graham Joyce referred to as Fractured Realism.

"Paul Meloy is the best writer of short stories in Britain".[1]

Biography[edit]

Meloy was born in Surrey in 1966. He went to school in Sutton. He has worked in a variety of mental health settings, institutions and environments with people who have mental health issues or learning disabilities. His writing shows that his life as a mental health professional has influenced his work.[2] He is married and lives in Torquay in Devon.

Meloy has a long history with TTA Press, debuting in The Third Alternative #14 with The Last Great Paladin of Idle Conceit. The magazine Black Static, the successor to The Third Alternative, borrowed its name from another Meloy story and in 2008 TTA Press published a critically acclaimed collection of his work, Islington Crocodiles.[3]

Islington Crocodiles is a chronological collection of Meloy’s short stories.[4]

Books[edit]

  • Islington Crocodiles (2008) - ISBN 978-0-9553683-1-8'
  • Dogs With Their Eyes Shut. novella, PS Publishing, 2013
  • The Night Clock. Novel, published by Solaris, 2015.

Published stories[edit]

  • The Last Great Paladin of Idle Conceit - The Third Alternative #14
  • Raiders - The Third Alternative #27
  • Care in the Continuum - The Third Alternative #30
  • Don't touch the Blackouts - The Third Alternative #34
  • Running Away to Join the Town - Nemonymous #5
  • Black Static - The Third Alternative #40
  • Dying in the arms of Jean Harlow - The Third Alternative #42
  • Islington Crocodiles - Interzone #208
  • The Vague - Published in British Invasion, an anthology edited by Tim Lebbon
  • Visibility down to Zero - published in Killers, an anthology edited by Colin Harvey
  • All Mouth - Black Static #6
  • Alex and the Toyceivers - Published in Paper Cities: An Anthology of Urban Fantasy, an anthology edited by Ekaterina Sedia
  • Electric Breakfast - PS Publishing
  • Bullroarer (End Of The Line. Anthology ed. by Jonathan Oliver 2010)
  • Villanova (House Of Fear. Solaris anthology ed. by Jonathan Oliver 2011)
  • The Compartments Of Hell (with Sarah Pinborough Black Static # 2011)
  • Carrion Cowboy (Gutshot antho ed. by Conrad Williams 2011)
  • Dogs With Their Eyes Shut (novella PS Publishing 2012)
  • Night Closures (Novella. Visions Fading Fast edited by Gary McMahon 2012)
  • Loose (with Gary Greenwood 2012)
  • Driver Error. end of the Road, anthology 2012, Solaris.
  • Reclamation Yard. black Static 40, 2014.

Awards[edit]

Praise for Islington Crocodiles[edit]

  • "Paul Meloy is unique. No other writer plumbs the dream pool to such depths and sculpts addictive fiction from the awful things he finds there. He is the comedian that Hieronymous Bosch never was, the philosopher that Tommy Cooper failed to be. Make no mistake: Meloy is one of the most relevant writers in the world today. And these stories are pure gold. Treasure them." Charlie Williams
  • "Meloy's voice is startlingly original, his stories both shocking and beautiful, and this book is destined to become a classic." Tim Lebbon
  • "In the stories of Paul Meloy – where walk the living dead, genetically modified pandas, and the mad and terrible Nurse Melt, among others – raw, tell-it-like-it-is comedy brawls with trippy horror in a cage match for the human soul. Take a front row seat. Try not to get any blood on you." Joe Hill (writer)
  • "Crisp and inventive, fresh and distinctive. Really, an unmissable gig!" Graham Joyce
  • "The first thing is, you are in for a treat. The second is, keep your wits about you as you read this extraordinary work." David Mathew
  • "I'm at a loss to describe Paul's work and do it justice because he really does have a unique voice and although at times both humorous and shocking, his stories always leave something with you." Sarah Pinborough
  • "The book's language continues to jitterbug. You can put it in a cloth and feel it wriggle.".[6]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Quote from Charlie Williams
  2. ^ Interview in The Fix with Doug Hoffman
  3. ^ Interview with Paul Meloy by Pete Tennant
  4. ^ Doug Hoffman's review of Islington Crocodiles in The Fix - short fiction review
  5. ^ The British Fantasy Awards: a Short History
  6. ^ DF Lewis on 'Islington Crocodiles'

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