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Shadow Voices
300 Years of Irish Genre Fiction: A History in Stories

Lemuel Gulliver, Dracula, Narnia — the history of Irish fiction is a history of genre fiction: horror, romantic fiction, science fiction, crime writing, and more. Irish writers have produced pioneering tales of detection, terrifying ghost stories, and ground-breaking women’s popular literature. In a single volume, John Connolly presents the history of Irish genre writing and uses it to explore how we think about fiction itself.

Deeply researched and passionately argued, SHADOW VOICES takes the lives of more than sixty writers – by turns tragic, amusing, and adventurous, but always extraordinary – and sets them alongside the stories they have written to create a new way of looking at genre and literature, both Irish and beyond. Here are vampires and monsters, murderers and cannibals. Here are female criminal masterminds and dogged detectives, star-crossed lovers and vengeful spouses.

Here are the SHADOW VOICES.


Read an excerpt.

The first printing of SHADOW VOICES will be limited to only 3,000 signed hardcover copies. The first 1,000 signed hardcovers will come with a specially designed tote bag and envelope of ephemera, while supplies last. You can order from these stores; most will ship worldwide, though the shipping costs will reflect the book’s size (1,100 pages).

These stores will have signed hardcovers with a specially designed tote bag and envelope of ephemera, while supplies last: