Comma Press, in partnership with the Northern Short Story Festival, launch horror anthology, The New Abject.

We’re delighted to be working in partnership with our friends at Comma Press to launch their new horror anthology, The New Abject on Wednesday 4 November at 7.30pm via Zoom. Book your tickets here.

Something has fallen away. We have lost something of ourselves, our history, what we once were. That something, if we are to face it, look it squarely in the eyes, terrifies us, makes us wretched. This is the horror of the abject.

The latest instalment of Comma Press’ award-winning modern horror series – which includes the Phobic and New Uncanny anthologies – The New Abject asks leading authors to produce new stories that respond to that a psychological concept of horror: Julia Kristeva’s theory of the abject.

The abject covers bodily functions that are deemed impure or inappropriate, and aspects of the body that transgress and threaten our sense of propriety. The result: unforgettable stories that will cause unease and discomfort in-keeping with the traditions of great horror literature and film.

Join us for the launch of this new anthology, hosted by Andy Murray who will be in conversation with contributing authors Ramsey Campbell, Matthew Holness and Lucie McKnight Hardy.

The New Abject is available to pre-order now from Comma Press and all good retailers.


Ramsey Campbell is described by the Oxford Companion to English Literature as ‘Britain’s most respected living horror writer’. His many award-winning novels include The Face That Must Die, Incarnate, and most recently The Overnight (PS Publishing). He reviews regularly for BBC Radio Merseyside.

Matthew Holness won the Perrier Comedy Award in 2001 for Garth Marenghi’s Netherhead, and has since appeared in The Office, Casanova and Ricky Gervais’ Cemetery Junction. He was the creator and star of two Channel 4 comedy shows – Garth Marenghi’s Darkplace and Man to Man With Dean Learner – and starred in the C4 series, Free Agents. In 2018 his directorial debut feature film, Possum was released, based on the short story of the same name which Holness contributed to The New Uncanny.

Lucie McKnight Hardy’s stories have featured in various publications, including Best British Short Stories 2019, Black Static, The Lonely Crowd, and as a limited edition chapbook from Nightjar Press. Her debut novel, Water Shall Refuse Them (Dead Ink Books, 2019), was shortlisted for the Mslexia Novel Competition 2017 and longlisted for the Caledonia Novel Award 2018. Dead Relatives, her short story collection, will be published in late 2021, again by Dead Ink Books.