a world of writing

Archive for Rebecca Lloyd

Rebecca Lloyd’s Mercy is shortlisted in the World Fantasy Awards

Congratulations to wonderful Pangea editor, Rebecca Lloyd whose collection, Mercy is shortlisted in the World Fantasy award. Her publisher Tartarus Press put up the collection for the award. The results will be announced in November this year.

Mercy has received tremendous praise. In his Neon review, Christopher Frost says: … the sixteen strange tales all tied together by the presence of the uncanny and the unsettling…. Again and again throughout the collection we are invited into the small (or sometimes not so small), private living spaces of her characters, and shown the states of loneliness or squalor or beauty in which they live.

MR Cosby has said: These are wonderfully written tales, dealing with life, love, relationships and the loss thereof in a thoroughly believable way, and with a depth not present in many works of short fiction.

If you don’t yet have a copy, you can purchase Mercy online at Amazon, or directly from Tartarus Press. It can also be found at Waterstones and other high street bookshops.

More about Rebecca on her website or at Goodreads. She can be followed on Facebook, and on Twitter.



Mercy and other stories by Rebecca Lloyd

Mercy and Other Stories by Rebecca Lloyd, contains 16 strange tales of unease, with a sprinkling of the ghostly, menacing and fantastical. The stories inhabit the fragile space between fantasy and reality, where the landscape is in constant flux and things are not quite as they seem… 

Publication: 31st March, 2014
Limited edition hardback: £35.00 inc. p&p.
Ebook editions direct from Tartarus £3.50
Also available for Kindle through Amazon here.

New publishing deal for Pangea co-editor, Rebecca Lloyd

REBECCA-LLOYD-photo-by-Rosie-Tomlinson-150x150 Pangea co-editor, Rebecca Lloyd, has just signed a contract with WiDo Publishing for a collection of her short stories. The working title is Now You Can Live. See the link below for more details. A collection of Rebecca’s darker works will be published later in the year with a different publisher.

When Rebecca Lloyd’s collection of short stories came to the attention of WiDo’s submission editor Allie Maldonado, she was at first doubtful. “A short story collection is a first for us. But I decided to take a look because in today’s book publishing market, anything goes if it’s good enough to attract an audience.” And these stories were certainly that. Allie continues, “I could not stop reading. First one then the next, and I’d tell myself, just one more story, just one more. Each one is exquisite.”

Pangea editor in India today


Rebecca Lloyd is conducting the Out of Print workshop on ‘dialogue in short fiction’ that extends the Lekhana theme of ‘writing the spoken word’ to the short story. Writers will develop a short piece and examine the impact of dialogue on the story. Each piece will be critiqued, allowing writers to take away powerful lessons in the structuring and crafting of short stories.

Pangea is Unputdownable

You all knew that, of course, but now the whole of Bristol in the UK is about to know it, too. Rebecca Lloyd and Sarah Hilary are reading at the Launch Pad session on Saturday 20 October as part of Unputdownable, the Bristol Festival of Literature. Rebecca will introduce the anthology and read The Fixer by Joel Willans. Sarah will read Trilby Kent’s Stealing their Churches behind them. If you’re in the area, do come along and support us. Bristol’s enjoying a whole week of literary events, involving pirates, caves, ghosts and books galore.

Launch of Pangea as witnessed by Deborah Rickard

The Pangea blog tour is over at ‘By Way of Kensal Green…’ today, where Bristol-based writer, Deborah Rickard, talks about the launch last Thursday, with readings by Vanessa Gebbie and Tom Williams.

Great photos, too.

Thanks, Debs, and also Blackwell’s who hosted the evening for us.

Pangea is here! Or, more accurately, Pangea is all over the world.

Pangea cover art

Pangea’s editors, Indira Chandrasekhar and Rebecca Lloyd, explain how the artwork came together for the Pangea book jacket.

The cover art for Pangea was especially commissioned for the anthology from artist and fashion designer, Steven Brunner. Below are extracts from the emails from Indira to Steven (Indira lives in Mumbai, Steven in New York) when she was trying to give him a visual and philosophical sense of Pangea:

Pangea is what land on earth was called before it split into the different parts that then moved around to form today’s continents.

Pangea is the time before the land broke up, when the continents hugged each other, when all land was in the centre, all water around it.

Our authors come from all over the world … we want to show that even though the stories reflect all kinds of different cultures, in essence the things that concern us, love, jealousy, fear, grief, happiness, are the same. Our world, ultimately, is PANGEA!

I think of Pangea as one culture holds many cultures. A sort of hold-everything place. A place where all things blossom.

Why we liked the name Pangea was because we thought that all of us authors, from all over the world, have the same roots. We come from the same place, even when we write about so many different places.

When Steven sent the image, Rebecca and Indira wondered how they would set it in the book jacket, where the title would go, where the editor names, whether they needed to work with the Thames River Press designers. Indira went back to Steven and his partner Dan Baum at They created the amazing book jacket with its coherence of design and style that you see in the image above (click on the image for a larger version). The design is now with Thames River Press for incorporating the final details.