The Slave State looked like an alien nation. It stretched in waves of sedimentary, like the twisted coastlines of Taiwan. Malkmus sat on the intricate honeycombs of the cape, half-content, then remembered that life wasn’t worth living in this place…
Kelso is a British Fantasy Award-nominated genre writer, illustrator, editor, screenwriter, and journalist. His work has been translated into French, Spanish and Swedish. He is the 2 times winner of the Ginger Nuts of Horror Novel of the Year ( in 2016 for Unger House Radicals’ and 2017 for ‘Shrapnel Apartments). Kelso has also been nominated for a Brave New Weird Award for his story, ‘Jenny Longlegs’, written with Brian Evenson.
‘The Black Dog Eats the City’ made Weird Fiction Reviews Best of 2014 list. ‘Shrapnel Apartments’ was endorsed by Dennis Cooper on his blog – “4 Books I read and Loved” and his Best of 2017 List.
‘A fine young Writer’ – Dennis Cooper
‘I Dream of Mirrors is a very well-written novel’ – Samuel Delany
‘It’s not pretty, but damn is it powerful’ – 3:AM magazine
‘Lyrical, intelligent and deeply astute[…]pitch-black poetry’ – Black Static
‘Good horror makes one uncomfortable, and this one certainly does just that’ – Locus (on In the Gallery of Silent Screams)
‘Chris Kelso is a dark philosopher who has envisaged humanity where culture itself is nothing but a halt, a break, a respite, in the pursuit of barbarity.’– Priya Sharma
‘Strange Bird‘, a short existential-horror film based on a screenplay co-written with Laura Lee Bahr, will hit the festival circuit in 2020.
He has also been printed frequently in literary and university publications across the UK, US, Australia, and Canada. Chris has served as a voluntary copy editor for Dog Horn, Jupiter Magazine, Chomu Press, Eraserhead press (and cult horror imprint Deadite). Along with Victoria Hooper, he helps wade through slush piles for the Sceptre award-winning Sci-Fi magazine, Polluto. Full list of publications HERE
‘Someday soon people are going to list him as one of their own influences.’– Interzone
‘Add Kelso to a very short list of newer authors to place on the ‘must-read-list” – Cemetery Dance
‘The Dregs Trilogy is the real deal’ – Ramsey Campbell
‘Kelso writes in a style of broken glass and razor blades’ – John Langan
‘Highly Recommended’ – Cultured Vultures
Show me your shelves – Bizarro Central
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