I was born in Whitechapel, London, grew up in the Midlands and West Sussex, and studied Russian literature at the University of Exeter and Corpus Christi College, Oxford. I wrote my first short story at the age of six. Recurring obsessions include old clocks and rare insects, forgotten manuscripts and abandoned houses. Writers who have inspired and continue to inspire me include among many others Vladimir Nabokov, Iris Murdoch, Joyce Carol Oates, Paul Auster, J. G Ballard, Roberto Bolano, M. John Harrison, Shirley Jackson, Kelly Link, and of course Christopher Priest, my partner and first reader. We live and work in the Taw Valley area of North Devon.
My stories have appeared regularly in the British speculative fiction magazines Interzone, Black Static and Crimewave, and have featured in many anthologies, including Best Horror of the Year #2 and #6, The Year’s Best SF #28, The Year’s Best Science Fiction and Fantasy 2012 and 2013, and Best British Fantasy 2014. My story ‘Angelus’ won the Aeon Award in 2007, and my novella Spin won the British Science Fiction Association Award for Best Short Fiction in 2014. My novella The Gateway was a 2014 finalist in the Shirley Jackson Awards, and the French edition of my story cycle The Silver Wind (published by Editions Tristram as Complications) won the Grand Prix de L’imaginaire (Best Translated Work, short fiction category) in 2014. My novel The Race was shortlisted for the 2015 BSFA Award, and for the Kitschies Red Tentacle.
A first collection of my short fiction, A Thread of Truth, was published by Eibonvale Press in 2007, followed by The Silver Wind in 2011. 2013 saw the release of the limited edition collection Microcosmos (NewCon Press) my standalone novella Spin (TTA Press) and my story cycle Stardust: The Ruby Castle Stories (PS Publishing). My debut novel, The Race, set in an alternate and near-future version of southeast England, was first published by NewCon Press in August 2014.
I am currently at work on my second novel.