Simon Kurt Unsworth was born in Manchester in 1972 and is beginning to despair of ever finding proof that the world was awash with mysterious signs and portents that night. He lives in an old farmhouse miles from anywhere in the Lake District with his wife, the writer Rosie Seymour, and assorted children and dogs, where his neighbours are mostly sheep and his office is in an old farmhouse in which he writes horror fiction (for which pursuit he was nominated for a 2008 World Fantasy Award for Best Short Story). Black Shuck Books released his fourth collection of stories, Diseases of the Teeth, in 2016 following PS Publishing’s Strange Gateways in 2014, 2011’s critically acclaimed Quiet Houses (from Dark Continents Publishing) and 2010’s equally well received Lost Places (from Ash Tree Press). His stories have been published in a number of anthologies including the World Fantasy Award-winning Exotic Gothic 4, the Gray Friar Press’s Terror Tales of the Cotswolds, Terror Tales of the Seaside and Where the Heart Is, the Ash Tree Press’s At Ease with the Dead, Shades of Darkness and Exotic Gothic 3, Stephen Jones’ Haunts: Reliquaries of the Dead, Ellen Datlow’s Hauntings and Lovecraft Unbound, and Salt Publishing’s Year’s Best Fantasy 2013 and Best British Horror 2014. He has been reprinted in seven volumes of Stephen Jones’ The Mammoth Book of Best New Horrors, and he was also featured in 2010’s The Very Best of Best New Horror. His debut novel, The Devil’s Detective, came out from Doubleday in the US and Del Rey in the UK in March 2015. Its sequel, The Devil’s Evidence, came out from the same publishers in spring of 2016 in the US and the autumn in the UK.
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