Gary Budden

Gary Budden - Editor

London, UK

Editor specialising in literary and speculative fiction. Founder of award-winning publisher Influx Press. Former editor at Titan Books.

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I am an editor, fiction writer, and publisher. I am the co-founder of award-winning independent publisher, Influx Press. Influx Press has published numerous titles, including the James Tait Black Award-winning 'Attrib. and Other Stories' by Eley Williams, 'Imaginary Cities' by Darran Anderson and the Dylan Thomas Prize-longlisted 'How the Light Gets In' by Clare Fisher. Influx Press won the Republic of Conscious Prize in 2018 for best small publisher. I have worked on novels, short story collections, poetry, anthologies, and creative non-fiction titles during my time at Influx Press.

I worked as an editor in the fiction department of Titan Books for two years, acquiring and editing science fiction, fantasy, horror and TV/film/gaming tie-in fiction. I have worked with New York Times bestselling authors as well as emerging debut authors; a number of authors who's work I acquired and edited have gone on to critical acclaim with their novels published by Titan.

Previous to this, I worked an editor for independent genre publisher, Unsung Stories, for two years, acquiring and editing science fiction, fantasy, and horror titles.

I have also worked as fiction editor for the long running literary magazine, Ambit, selecting and editing short fiction for inclusion in the magazine.

I now work as a chief acquiring editor and publisher at Influx Press, alongside freelance editing and writing work.

I have a passion for literary fiction, place-focused writing and literary speculative fiction and am always excited to work on manuscripts from new writers.

I offer development edits, providing advice on structure, character and plot, copy-edits to address style, tone and consistency. I like to work in dialogue with the author, offering sensitive and insightful feedback to help highlight your unique voice and to tell your story in the best way possible.
Languages
English (UK)
English (US)
Fiction
Anthologies
Fantasy
Literary Fiction
Science Fiction
Short Story
Science Fiction
Dystopian
Thriller & Suspense
Horror
Non-Fiction
Travel

Work experience

Editor

Titan Books
February, 2017 – February, 2019 (about 2 years)

I worked as an editor in the fiction department of Titan Books for two years, acquiring and editing science fiction, fantasy, horror and TV/film/gaming tie-in fiction. I worked with New York Times bestselling authors as well as emerging debut authors.

I worked with many established and emerging authors including Paul Tremblay, Nina Allan, Aliya Whiteley, M.T. Hill, Tim Major, Mark Morris, Gareth L. Powell and many more.

Editor

Unsung Stories
October, 2014 – December, 2016 (about 2 years)

Fiction Editor

Ambit Magazine
January, 2013 – September, 2016 (over 3 years)

Founder / Editor / Publisher

Influx Press
January, 2012 – Present (almost 8 years)

I am the co-founder of award-winning independent publisher, Influx Press.

Influx Press has published numerous titles, including the James Tait Black Award-winning 'Attrib. and Other Stories' by Eley Williams, 'Imaginary Cities' by Darran Anderson and the Dylan Thomas Prize-longlisted 'How the Light Gets In' by Clare Fisher. Influx Press won the Republic of Conscious Prize in 2018 for best small publisher.

Portfolio (30 selected works)

All My Colors

David Quantick

From Emmy-award winning author David Quantick, All My Colors is a darkly comic novel about a man who remembers a book that may not exist, with dire consequences. A bizarre, mind-bending story at the intersection of Richard Bachman, Charlie Kaufman and Franz Kafka. It is March 1979 in DeKalb Illinois. Todd Milstead is a wannabe writer, a serial adulterer, and a jerk, only tolerated by his frien... read more

From Emmy-award winning author David Quantick, All My Colors is a darkly comic novel about a man who remembers a book that may not exist, with dire consequences. A bizarre, mind-bending story at the intersection of Richard Bachman, Charlie Kaufman and Franz Kafka. It is March 1979 in DeKalb Illinois. Todd Milstead is a wannabe writer, a serial adulterer, and a jerk, only tolerated by his frien... read more

Zero Bomb

M.T Hill

From Philip K. Dick Award-nominated author M.T. Hill, Zero Bomb is a startling science fiction mystery that asks: what do we do when technology replaces our need to work?The near future. Following the death of his daughter Martha, Remi flees the north of England for London. Here he tries to rebuild his life as a cycle courier, delivering subversive documents under the nose of an all-seeing sta... read more

From Philip K. Dick Award-nominated author M.T. Hill, Zero Bomb is a startling science fiction mystery that asks: what do we do when technology replaces our need to work?The near future. Following the death of his daughter Martha, Remi flees the north of England for London. Here he tries to rebuild his life as a cycle courier, delivering subversive documents under the nose of an all-seeing sta... read more

Snakeskins

Tim Major

An SF thriller examining the repercussions of rejuvenation and cloning on individuals’ sense of identity and on wider society. Caitlin Hext’s first shedding ceremony is imminent, but she’s far from prepared to produce a Snakeskin clone. When her Skin fails to turn to dust as expected, she must decide whether she wishes the newcomer alive or dead. Worse still, it transpires that the Hext family... read more

An SF thriller examining the repercussions of rejuvenation and cloning on individuals’ sense of identity and on wider society. Caitlin Hext’s first shedding ceremony is imminent, but she’s far from prepared to produce a Snakeskin clone. When her Skin fails to turn to dust as expected, she must decide whether she wishes the newcomer alive or dead. Worse still, it transpires that the Hext family... read more

New Fears

Ramsey Campbell, Alison Littlewood, Stephen Gallagher

WINNER - 2018 BRITISH FANTASY AWARD FOR BEST ANTHOLOGYFEAR COMES IN MANY FORMSThe horror genre's greatest living practitioners drag our darkest fears kicking and screaming into the light in this collection of nineteen brand-new stories. In "The Boggle Hole" by Alison Littlewood an ancient folk tale leads to irrevocable loss. In Josh Malerman's "The House of the Head" a dollhouse becomes the fo... read more

WINNER - 2018 BRITISH FANTASY AWARD FOR BEST ANTHOLOGYFEAR COMES IN MANY FORMSThe horror genre's greatest living practitioners drag our darkest fears kicking and screaming into the light in this collection of nineteen brand-new stories. In "The Boggle Hole" by Alison Littlewood an ancient folk tale leads to irrevocable loss. In Josh Malerman's "The House of the Head" a dollhouse becomes the fo... read more

The Predator

Christopher Golden, Mark Morris

The official novelization of the summer blockbuster The Predator, Shane Black’s new movie with a screenplay by Shane Black and Fred Dekker.For centuries Earth has been visited by warlike creatures that stalk mankind’s finest warriors. Their goals unknown, these deadly hunters kill their prey and depart as invisibly as they arrived, leaving no trace other than a trail of bodies.When a young boy... read more

The official novelization of the summer blockbuster The Predator, Shane Black’s new movie with a screenplay by Shane Black and Fred Dekker.For centuries Earth has been visited by warlike creatures that stalk mankind’s finest warriors. Their goals unknown, these deadly hunters kill their prey and depart as invisibly as they arrived, leaving no trace other than a trail of bodies.When a young boy... read more

The Record Keeper

Agnes Gomillion

The Record Keeper is a visceral and thrilling near-future dystopia examining past and present race relations. After World War III, Earth is in ruins, and the final armies have come to a reluctant truce. Everyone must obey the law—in every way—or risk shattering the fragile peace and endangering the entire human race. Arika Cobane is on the threshold of taking her place of privilege as a member... read more

The Record Keeper is a visceral and thrilling near-future dystopia examining past and present race relations. After World War III, Earth is in ruins, and the final armies have come to a reluctant truce. Everyone must obey the law—in every way—or risk shattering the fragile peace and endangering the entire human race. Arika Cobane is on the threshold of taking her place of privilege as a member... read more

You Will Grow Into Them

Malcolm Devlin

The world is a far stranger place than we give it credit for. There, in the things we think familiar, safe, are certain aspects. Our fears and desires given form. Moments that defy explanation. Shadows in our home. In Malcolm Devlin’s debut collection, change is the only constant. Across nine stories he tackles the unease of transformation, growth and change in a world where horror seeps fro... read more

The world is a far stranger place than we give it credit for. There, in the things we think familiar, safe, are certain aspects. Our fears and desires given form. Moments that defy explanation. Shadows in our home. In Malcolm Devlin’s debut collection, change is the only constant. Across nine stories he tackles the unease of transformation, growth and change in a world where horror seeps fro... read more

The Arrival of Missives

Aliya Whiteley

From Aliya Whiteley, author of the critically-acclaimed The Beauty, comes a genre-defying story of fate, free-will and the choices we make in life. In the aftermath of the Great War, Shirley Fearn dreams of challenging the conventions of rural England, where life is as predictable as the changing of the seasons. The scarred veteran Mr. Tiller, left disfigured by an impossible accident on the b... read more

From Aliya Whiteley, author of the critically-acclaimed The Beauty, comes a genre-defying story of fate, free-will and the choices we make in life. In the aftermath of the Great War, Shirley Fearn dreams of challenging the conventions of rural England, where life is as predictable as the changing of the seasons. The scarred veteran Mr. Tiller, left disfigured by an impossible accident on the b... read more

Metronome

Oliver Langmead

You and I, we wear our wounds. I wear my scars, you wear your tattoos, and we don't forget who we are.' It is for the entities known as Sleepwalkers to cross the doors between dreams, and hunt the nightmares that haunt sleeping minds. Theirs is a world of impossible vistas, where reason is banished and only the imagination holds sway: the connected worlds that all sleeping minds inhabit, and t... read more

You and I, we wear our wounds. I wear my scars, you wear your tattoos, and we don't forget who we are.' It is for the entities known as Sleepwalkers to cross the doors between dreams, and hunt the nightmares that haunt sleeping minds. Theirs is a world of impossible vistas, where reason is banished and only the imagination holds sway: the connected worlds that all sleeping minds inhabit, and t... read more

Originators

Andrew Lane, Nigel Foster

"It’s plausible, unpredictable, and thoroughly entertaining” Publishers Weekly on NetherspaceIt's half-way through the twenty-first century.Contact with alien races was made forty years ago, but communication turns out to be impossible. We don't share a way of thinking or common sensory inputs with the aliens, let alone a grammar. But there is trade, done on a basis of putting things on a tabl... read more

"It’s plausible, unpredictable, and thoroughly entertaining” Publishers Weekly on NetherspaceIt's half-way through the twenty-first century.Contact with alien races was made forty years ago, but communication turns out to be impossible. We don't share a way of thinking or common sensory inputs with the aliens, let alone a grammar. But there is trade, done on a basis of putting things on a tabl... read more

A Demon in Silver

R.S. Ford

A new stunning epic fantasy for readers of Brandon Sanderson, Michael J. Sullivan and Brian Staveley.In a world where magic has disappeared, rival nations vie for power in a continent devastated by war. When a young farm girl, Livia, demonstrates magical powers for the first time in a century there are many across the land that will kill to obtain her power. The Duke of Gothelm’s tallymen, the... read more

A new stunning epic fantasy for readers of Brandon Sanderson, Michael J. Sullivan and Brian Staveley.In a world where magic has disappeared, rival nations vie for power in a continent devastated by war. When a young farm girl, Livia, demonstrates magical powers for the first time in a century there are many across the land that will kill to obtain her power. The Duke of Gothelm’s tallymen, the... read more

Embers of War

Gareth L. Powell

From BSFA Award winning author Gareth L. Powell comes the first in a new epic sci-fi trilogy exploring the legacies of war.The sentient warship Trouble Dog was built for violence, yet following a brutal war, she is disgusted by her role in a genocide. Stripped of her weaponry and seeking to atone, she joins the House of Reclamation, an organisation dedicated to rescuing ships in distress. When... read more

From BSFA Award winning author Gareth L. Powell comes the first in a new epic sci-fi trilogy exploring the legacies of war.The sentient warship Trouble Dog was built for violence, yet following a brutal war, she is disgusted by her role in a genocide. Stripped of her weaponry and seeking to atone, she joins the House of Reclamation, an organisation dedicated to rescuing ships in distress. When... read more

Ghosts of Empire

George Mann

The latest installment in acclaimed Ghost series from Sunday Times bestselling author George Mann In the aftermath of the events seen in Ghosts of Karnak, and with the political climate somewhat eased, Gabriel takes Ginny to London by airship to recuperate. But he isn’t counting on coming face-to-face with a man who claims to embody the spirit of Albion itself, sinister forces gathering in the... read more

The latest installment in acclaimed Ghost series from Sunday Times bestselling author George Mann In the aftermath of the events seen in Ghosts of Karnak, and with the political climate somewhat eased, Gabriel takes Ginny to London by airship to recuperate. But he isn’t counting on coming face-to-face with a man who claims to embody the spirit of Albion itself, sinister forces gathering in the... read more

Imaginary Cities

Darran Anderson

Inspired by the surreal accounts of the explorer and 'man of a million lies' Marco Polo, Imaginary Cities charts the metropolis and the imagination, and the symbiosis therein. A work of creative nonfiction, the book roams through space, time and possibility, mapping cities of sound, melancholia and the afterlife, where time runs backwards or which float among the clouds. In doing so, Imaginary... read more

Inspired by the surreal accounts of the explorer and 'man of a million lies' Marco Polo, Imaginary Cities charts the metropolis and the imagination, and the symbiosis therein. A work of creative nonfiction, the book roams through space, time and possibility, mapping cities of sound, melancholia and the afterlife, where time runs backwards or which float among the clouds. In doing so, Imaginary... read more

Marshland

Gareth E Rees

Marshland is a deep map of the east London marshes, a blend of local history, folklore and weird fiction, where nothing is quite as it seems. Cocker spaniel by his side, Rees wanders the marshes of Hackney, Leyton and Walthamstow, avoiding his family and the pressures of life. He discovers a lost world of Victorian filter plants, ancient grazing lands, dead toy factories and tidal rivers on th... read more

Marshland is a deep map of the east London marshes, a blend of local history, folklore and weird fiction, where nothing is quite as it seems. Cocker spaniel by his side, Rees wanders the marshes of Hackney, Leyton and Walthamstow, avoiding his family and the pressures of life. He discovers a lost world of Victorian filter plants, ancient grazing lands, dead toy factories and tidal rivers on th... read more

Skein Island

Aliya Whiteley

From the award-winning author of The Beauty, Aliya Whiteley, Skein Island is a powerful and disturbing look at the roles we play, and how they form and divide us. "Aliya Whiteley is one of the most original, innovative and intelligent writers of speculative fiction working in Britain today." - Nina Allan, author of The RiftSkein Island is a private refuge twelve miles off the coast. Few receiv... read more

From the award-winning author of The Beauty, Aliya Whiteley, Skein Island is a powerful and disturbing look at the roles we play, and how they form and divide us. "Aliya Whiteley is one of the most original, innovative and intelligent writers of speculative fiction working in Britain today." - Nina Allan, author of The RiftSkein Island is a private refuge twelve miles off the coast. Few receiv... read more

An Unreliable Guide to London

Gary Budden, M. John Harrison, Chloe Aridjis, Courtt Kit Caless

AN UNRELIABLE GUIDE TO LONDON brings together twenty-six stories about the lesser known parts of a world renowned city. Stories that stretch the reader's definition of the truth. Stories that have you questioning whether reality, and fiction simultaneously. Stories that will tell you there are wind nymphs in North Clapham tube station, a horse sized swan at Brentford Ait, Sleeping Clinics in N... read more

AN UNRELIABLE GUIDE TO LONDON brings together twenty-six stories about the lesser known parts of a world renowned city. Stories that stretch the reader's definition of the truth. Stories that have you questioning whether reality, and fiction simultaneously. Stories that will tell you there are wind nymphs in North Clapham tube station, a horse sized swan at Brentford Ait, Sleeping Clinics in N... read more

Ghosts on the Shore: Travel's Along Germany's Baltic Coast

Paul Scraton (author)

Ghosts on the Shore

Ghosts on the Shore

Sherlock Holmes - The Legacy of Deeds

Nick Kyme

A DARK PAST It is 1894, and Sherlock Holmes is called to a Covent Garden art gallery where dozens of patrons lie dead before a painting of the Undying Man. Holmes and Watson are soon on the trail of a mysterious figure in black, whose astounding speed and agility make capture impossible. The same suspect is then implicated in another murder, when the servant of a visiting Russian grand duke is... read more

A DARK PAST It is 1894, and Sherlock Holmes is called to a Covent Garden art gallery where dozens of patrons lie dead before a painting of the Undying Man. Holmes and Watson are soon on the trail of a mysterious figure in black, whose astounding speed and agility make capture impossible. The same suspect is then implicated in another murder, when the servant of a visiting Russian grand duke is... read more

Acquired for Development By...

Gary Budden

Twenty-five writers, twenty-five different perspectives on the rapidly changing London Borough of Hackney. From gentrification to supermarket sandwiches, Turkish Alevism to inner-city river living, middle-class civil war to pylon romance, Acquired for Development By captures an alternative, insightful and bizarre take on modern London life. Featuring work from: Lee Rourke, Gareth E.Rees, Siddh... read more

Twenty-five writers, twenty-five different perspectives on the rapidly changing London Borough of Hackney. From gentrification to supermarket sandwiches, Turkish Alevism to inner-city river living, middle-class civil war to pylon romance, Acquired for Development By captures an alternative, insightful and bizarre take on modern London life. Featuring work from: Lee Rourke, Gareth E.Rees, Siddh... read more

Signal Failure

Attrib. and other stories

Eley Williams (author)

Attrib and Other Stories

Attrib and Other Stories

Sherlock Holmes - Cry of the Innocents

Cavan Scott

A HOLY MYSTERYIt is 1891, and a catholic priest arrives at 221b baker street, only to utter the words “il corpe” before suddenly dropping dead.Though the man’s death is attributed to cholera, when news of another dead priest reaches Holmes, he becomes convinced that the men have been poisoned. He and Watson learn that the victims were on a mission from the Vatican to investigate a miracle; it ... read more

A HOLY MYSTERYIt is 1891, and a catholic priest arrives at 221b baker street, only to utter the words “il corpe” before suddenly dropping dead.Though the man’s death is attributed to cholera, when news of another dead priest reaches Holmes, he becomes convinced that the men have been poisoned. He and Watson learn that the victims were on a mission from the Vatican to investigate a miracle; it ... read more

Car Park Life

Gareth E. Rees

CAR PARK LIFE is a psychogeographic exploration of the UK's retail chain store car parks by the author of MARSHLAND and THE STONE TIDE. These commonplace urban landscapes are little-explored, rarely featured in art and music, yet shape the aesthetics of our towns and cities. They are hotspots for crime, rage and sexual deviancy; a blind spot in which activities go unnoticed. Skateboarding, car... read more

CAR PARK LIFE is a psychogeographic exploration of the UK's retail chain store car parks by the author of MARSHLAND and THE STONE TIDE. These commonplace urban landscapes are little-explored, rarely featured in art and music, yet shape the aesthetics of our towns and cities. They are hotspots for crime, rage and sexual deviancy; a blind spot in which activities go unnoticed. Skateboarding, car... read more

Mothlight

"The idea was lost but the memory was here." Phyllis Ewans, a prominent researcher in lepidoptera and a keen walker, has died of old age. Thomas, a much younger fellow researcher of moths first met Phyllis when he was a child. He became her carer and companion, having rekindled her acquaintance in later life. Increasingly possessed by thoughts that he somehow actually is Phyllis Ewans, and una... read more

"The idea was lost but the memory was here." Phyllis Ewans, a prominent researcher in lepidoptera and a keen walker, has died of old age. Thomas, a much younger fellow researcher of moths first met Phyllis when he was a child. He became her carer and companion, having rekindled her acquaintance in later life. Increasingly possessed by thoughts that he somehow actually is Phyllis Ewans, and una... read more

Built on Sand

Berlin: long-celebrated as a city of artists and outcasts, but also a city of teachers and construction workers. A place of tourists and refugees, and the memories of those exiled and expelled. A city named after marshland; if you dig a hole, youll soon hit sand. The stories of Berlin are the stories Built On Sand. A wooden town, laid waste by the Thirty Years War that became the metropolis by... read more

Berlin: long-celebrated as a city of artists and outcasts, but also a city of teachers and construction workers. A place of tourists and refugees, and the memories of those exiled and expelled. A city named after marshland; if you dig a hole, youll soon hit sand. The stories of Berlin are the stories Built On Sand. A wooden town, laid waste by the Thirty Years War that became the metropolis by... read more

How the Light Gets in 2016

How the Light Gets In is the debut collection from award winning short story writer, Clare Fisher. A book of very short stories that explores the spaces between light and dark and how we find our way from one to the other. From buffering Skype chats and the truth about beards, to fried chicken shops and the things smartphones make you less likely to do when alone in a public place, Clare Fishe... read more

How the Light Gets In is the debut collection from award winning short story writer, Clare Fisher. A book of very short stories that explores the spaces between light and dark and how we find our way from one to the other. From buffering Skype chats and the truth about beards, to fried chicken shops and the things smartphones make you less likely to do when alone in a public place, Clare Fishe... read more

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Dan Hall
Gary was fast and effective. He communicated effectively, followed up on my questions and met all the deadlines. I am happy to recommend his work as excellent.

Dan Hall, August 2019

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