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Future Treasures: The Call by Peadar O’Guilin

Friday, August 19th, 2016 | Posted by John ONeill

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Peadar O’Guilin was one of the most popular and prolific contributors to the print version of Black Gate. His first story for us was “The Mourning Trees” (BG 5), followed by “Where Beauty Lies in Wait” (BG 11) and “The Evil Eater” (BG 13), which Serial Distractions called “a lovely little bit of Lovecraftian horror that still haunts me to this day.” A fourth story, “The Dowry,” appeared as part of our Black Gate Online Fiction catalog.

Check out the podcast version of “The Evil Eater” on Pseudopod, or download Where Beauty Lies In Wait, a free e-book collecting a dozen of Peadar’s short stories, including his Black Gate tales, here.

Peadar’s first novel, The Inferiorwas published to terrific reviews in 2008; it was followed by the next two novels in The Bone World TrilogyThe Deserter (2012) and The Volunteer (2013). His last book was Forever in the Memory of God and Other Stories, which Sarah Avery called “old-school weird fiction, Clark Ashton Smith style.”

Peadar’s newest novel is easily one of the most anticipated novels of the year here at Black Gate‘s rooftop headquarters. A unique blend of fantasy, horror, and folkore from one of the top writers in the field, The Call is this fall’s must-read fantasy epic.

Here’s the description.

You have three minutes to save your life . . .


You wake up alone in a horrible land. A horn sounds. The Call has begun.


The Sidhe are close. They’re the most beautiful and terrible people you’ve ever seen. And they’ve seen you.


Nessa will be Called soon. No one thinks she has any chance to survive. But she’s determined to prove them wrong.


Could you survive the Call?

The Call will be published by David Fickling Books on August 30, 2016. It is 320 pages, priced at $18.99 in hardcover, and $11.99 for the digital version.

See all our coverage of the best in upcoming fantasy in our Future Treasures posts.


  1. I like Peadar’s work, and this book, with it’s references to Celtic myth, seems right up my alley.

    Comment by CMR - August 19, 2016 9:13 pm

  2. Same!

    Comment by John ONeill - August 20, 2016 1:17 am

  3. This is wonderful news to wake up to. I really enjoyed Paedar’s Black Gate stories. The Call will be added to The List:)

    Comment by Tiberius - August 20, 2016 1:30 am

  4. Tiberius, you should absolutely check out Forever in the Memory of God. Those are some meomorably wild short stories.

    Comment by Sarah Avery - August 21, 2016 12:54 am

  5. Thanks, guys! I really hope you enjoy it!

    Comment by peadarog - August 23, 2016 7:44 am

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