David Almond and Dave McKean together again, with a dark, powerful and moving short story.
Joe Quinn tells everyone about the poltergeist in his house, but no one believes him.
No one that is, except for Davey. He’s felt the inexplicable presence in the rooms, he’s seen random objects fly through the air.
And there’s something else … a memory of his beloved sister, and a feeling deep down that somehow it might be possible for ghosts to exist.
Nominated for the 2020 CILIP Kate Greenaway Award.
"Blurring the boundaries between text and image, child and adult, life and afterlife, Almond and McKean create a sense of the meeting point between the human and sublime."
"The art amplifies the characteristically dark, rich tones of Almond’s prose all the way to a final Dylan Thomas-style promise that “the world and all that’s in it will continue to…hold us in its darkness and its light.”… A keen collaboration moving seamlessly between worlds inner and outer, natural and supernatural."
"This throws Joe into an existential funk, expertly rendered in McKean’s dark, mixed-media illustrations, where overlapping, scribbled sketches embody confusion and conflict, jarring collages evoke an unsettled atmosphere, and negative space echoes absence and haunting memories. Joe navigates his inner turmoil, including grief and religious confusion, forming earnest revelations about life’s poltergeists (i.e., disruptions) and finding peace."
Joe Quinn’s Poltergeist was published on March 7th 2019 by Walker Books; paperback edition now also available.
The US edition was published by Candlewick Press on September 10, 2019.
These beautifully-written stories grow out of David Almond’s childhood in the streets and fields of Tyneside. They’re funny and sad, realistic and strange, and are suffused with a profound sense of mystery and wonder. They show that the ordinary world is filled with extraordinary possibilities, that the local really does contain the universal.
In Counting Stars David Almond tackles the themes common to his work – joy, darkness, love, death and identity – with exquisite sensitivity and tenderness. A must-read for Almond fans everywhere.
An anthology of dark, powerful and moving short stories from a master storyteller, inspired by his childhood in the north-east of England.
A diverse collection of stories from the author of the internationally award-winning Skellig, deftly interwoven with illuminating autobiographical pieces on the inspirations behind the fiction. David Almond says of this unique volume:
“Stories on the page are so beautifully neat. All that lovely black print; those lovely straight lines and paragraphs and pages. But stories are living things, creatures that move and grow in the imaginations of writer and reader. They must be solid and touchable, like the land, and must have fluid half-known depths, like the sea. These stories take place in a real world – but in fiction, real worlds merge with dreamed worlds. Real people walk with ghosts and figments. Earthly truth goes hand-in-hand with watery lies.”
Contents: Introduction :: Slog’s Dad :: May Malone :: When God Came to Cathleen’s Garden :: The Missing Link :: Harry Miller’s Run :: Half a Creature from the Sea :: Joe Quinn’s Poltergeist :: Klaus Vogel and the Bad Lads
David Almond was a virtually unknown author when Cullercoats publisher IRON Press issued his first two collections of stories, Sleepless Nights (1985) and A Kind of Heaven (1997).
In 2013, as part of IRON’s 40th birthday celebrations, a selection of these short stories for adults, alongside two previously unpublished tales. were collected in Nesting.
The stories draw deeply from the Tyneside estate of Almond’s childhood, exploring the themes that would inform his later work, and displaying all the rhythm, lyricism and drive for which he is acclaimed today.
David Almond’s second collection of short stories for adults, published by IRON Press