Ian R Macleod

Frost on Glass---New Story Collection

frost-glass tooMy new collection, Frost on Glass, will be published by PS Publishing spring 2015. The brand new title story is a dystopian novella set on a writers' commune, and there's also a long new essay about that perennial subject of where writers get their ideas from, along with ten of my best recent stories bookended by substantial afterwords and a generous selection of some of my other non-fiction writing which has appeared here and there over the years. A big, fat Christmas pudding of a book, in other words. The title reflects the delights and frustrations of writing fiction, which is a theme which runs through much of the rest of Frost on Glass. The contents page will look something like this...


Introduction:  Don’t Look Back.


The Discovered Country

Afterword: Silver Machines


Hector Douglas Makes a Sale

Afterword: A Cul-de-Sac in Los Angeles


Foreword: Different Warts and All

A Truncated Life in Books


The Cold Step Beyond

Afterword: The Future isn’t Real


A Concise and Ready Guide

Afterword: Bloody Dragons


An Empty Grey Cell of One’s Own


Re-Crossing the Styx

Afterword: On Being Dark


The Traveller and the Book

Afterword: On Writing Rubbish


I’ve Got This Idea For A Story…


The Crane Method

Afterword: Rejection


The Decline of the English Ghost story


Letter to Will

Afterword: Those Who Can’t…


Me and the Mushroom Cloud


Tumbling Nancy

Afterword: Other Writers 


Frost on Glass

Afterword: Writer’s Block



Afterword: Volcanoes and Dinosaurs


'Year's Best' Anthologies

dozois 2014 strahan 8 horton 2014

The 2014 crop of 'Year's Best' anthologies have started to arrive, and I'm happy to say that I have stories in the three pre-eminent volumes. Gardner Dozois selected both my 2013 Asimov's stories, 'The Discovered Country' and 'Entangled' for inclusion in his mighty tome, and Jonathan Strahan and Rich Horton each chose one of them.

kasterAnd here's another!


Traveller and the Book

Traveller and the BookHere's a new story of mine which moves into some hitherto little explored Borgesian territory. It's about the megalomania of writing, and how worlds and characters are never quite what you want them to be. And you can read it for free by clicking The Traveller and the Book.


The Reparateur of Strasbourg WFC Launch

reparateur frontsong of timeI will be taking part in a joint signing session for new PS Publishing titles at the World Fantasy Convention in Brighton on Friday 1st November at 4pm in the Regency Suite, Metropole Hotel. My new novella, The Reparateur of Strasbourg, will be available as will the first paperback edition of my novel Song of Time. Among the many other authors present will be Christopher Golden, Nancy Kilpatrick, Kim Newman, Ramsey Campbell, Shimon Adaf and Lavie Tidhar.


The Reparateur of Strasbourg

reparateur front"My name, Ezekiel, is Ariadne. And I have a commission to ask of you . . ." 

A beautiful woman arrives at dusk at the workshop of a réparateur, or restorer, of religious objects set high amid the rooftops of a great cathedral city. She wants him to paint her portrait. But not as she is, or at least how she seems, but as she might appear many years into the future. So, against the looming backdrop of the French Revolution, a strange yet oddly touching relationship evolves. 

My vampire novella, The Reparateur of Strasbourg, can now be pre-ordered from PS Publishing HERE. This is a strong new work which takes my writing deep into the gothic and the supernatural. Part of me hates vampires but part of me loves them, and I think that shows. Click the picture for the full wraparound cover.


'Entangled' in Asimov's

asimovs1213  Following close on the heels of 'The Discovered Country', my story in the September 2013 Asimov's Science Fiction, my new novelette 'Entangled' is now available in the December 2013 issue of the same magazine. It's a sequel of sorts to 'The Discovered Country, although the events in the two stories take place in two very different near-future worlds.

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