New Black Static Author is a GP.
Priya Sharma is a new author with few stories under her belt to date so she is delighted that her latest short story will appear in the April issue of Britain’s premier horror fiction magazine; Black Static. An appearance there brings international recognition in horror and dark fantasy fiction. Priya’s inspiration for her story, ‘The Ballad of Boomtown’, stemmed from her reading about Ireland’s huge problem of empty and semi-occupied housing estates following the demise of the ‘Celtic Tiger’. She explores the effects of recession and clashes between modern times and Ireland’s ancient past for a woman left alone in a decaying estate while obsessing over the tragedy that caused her lover to desert her.
Black Static 28 will be in newsagents, and some bookshops, from April 12. So, with that issue, Priya joins the ranks of Black Static authors like Ramsey Campbell, Alison Littlewood, Christopher Fowler, along with others like Conrad Williams and Justina Robson who began their writing careers in its pages or in its predecessor, The Third Alternative Magazine.
Priya was educated at Sandbach High School, Crewe’s South Cheshire College and then gained her medical degree at Liverpool University. Now a GP Priya spends most of her spare time writing. She is making her name internationally via short stories but a historical fantasy novel set in Wales is her newest project. Two of Priya’s stories will be reprinted in year’s best collections where her name will appear alongside the likes of Stephen King and Tim Powers.
Priya Sharma is a General Practitioner who grew up in Sandbach and now lives on the Wirral.