Humber Speculative Fiction Presents: An Evening with Stairwell Books.

Stairwell Books will join us at Atom Bar, on New Walkergate on 26th March. Bring your publishing questions, but not, please, your manuscripts.

Typical in March, we focus on boosting female authors and creatives. We’re switching things around!

Several of Stairwell Books’ authors will be reading from their work, and there will be the oportunity to buy novels on the night.

As always, our event is free to attend, but it helps us plan ahead if you reserve a place. https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/humber-speculative-fiction-presents-an-evening-with-stairwell-books-tickets-568208004437

This month’s event is dedicated to and brought about by Clint Wastling. His work regularly featured in the British Fantasy Society’s magazine. Clint worked tirelessly within the literature scene.


Winter Warmer Review

Our thanks to everyone who joined us for our first, successful Speculative Ficion Open Mic.

A unique open mic designed to bring a different side of the genre communities together. It was an enjoyable experience which we heard from writers who have completed novels or reading from work in progress.

The range on offer covered paranormal, fantasy, science fiction, the funny and the serious.  From novels and short pieces.

Science Fiction and Fantasy author, Shellie Horst started things by reading an extract from the science fiction anthology Distaff. She read from her short story My Little Mecha.

Linda Acaster, a multi-genre novelist and short-story writer chose to read from her horror thriller, The Paintings

Carol Ann Kerry, author of Paranormal and Urban Fantasy fiction read from her urban fantasy Of Blood and Shadows.

Sue Oke who previously joined us to discuss about her role at BSFA REVIEW and her experience through writing groups she read from a current work in progress, Everything to Play For.

Wayne Ross joined us to read from Estait, a hard science fiction novel in progress. We also heard an extract from You Lucky Customer, by Mark.

Steve Kerry ensured we all left smiling, by reading extracts from his collection Legends and Bad Dreams and Other Stories.

We are hoping to bring the audio versions of all the above readings in the near future.

Dates for your Diary.

Sunday 26th March – Publisher Stairwell Books will by joining us, along with a selection of their authors.

Sunday 28th May – Anna Smith-Spark returns for our delayed International Womens Day celebration featuring A Woman of The Sword you can find an early review from Grimdark Magazine here.


Winter Warmer January 29

January. The last of the turkey and nut roast is thankfully long gone. It’s cold and it’s the bleakest time of year. That doesn’t mean we have to be alone, at home.

We’re trying something different. We’re looking forward not back.

Chase away the winter blues. Warm your heart and lift your soul. Come and meet old friends and new in a Burn’s Night inspired gathering.

Reserve your place – book now for free!

If you’d like to read, please email: humbersff(at)gmail(dot)com.

Let’s get 2023 off to the best start!

A Winter Warmer with Open Mic

You’re Invited!

January. The festivities are done, the last of the turkey and nut roast is thankfully long gone. It’s cold and it’s the bleakest time of year. That doesn’t mean we have to be alone, at home, cold.

We’re looking forward not back. We’re trying something different. Something special.

Raise a glass, listen to, or perform speculative spoken word, prose, or poetry. (We’ll not have time for a full script though.)

We’ve teamed up with the outstanding Hull Brewery, Atom at their unique bar in Beverley. https://www.instagram.com/atom_bar_beverley/

Everyone is welcome.

If you’d like to read on the night please contact humbersff@gmail.com

Chase away the winter blues. Warm your heart and lift your soul. Come and meet old friends and new in a Burn’s Night inspired gathering.

Treat yourself. Book your place now. It’s free. Look forward to something heartwarming in 2023.


Humber Speculative Fiction 10: Sunyi Dean & Daniel Godfrey

Speculative Fiction is an enchanting mix of elements and for or our last meet up of the year, we will be leaning into Gothically fantastic, and thrilling alternative history novels.

Our guests this month are Daniel Godfrey and Sunyi Dean, both authors have Yorkshire connections. Both authors explore the morally grey areas of character motivation.  


Daniel Godfrey is the author of New Pompeii, Empire of Time, and Synapse Sequence, all published by Titan Books. Set in The Cold War era with jailed doctor as the focus, Daniel Godfrey’s latest novel, The Calculations of Rational Men is his second self-published book.

“Godfrey’s intricately plotted, tremendously gripping time-travel thriller evokes Michael Crichton at his best” – The Financial Times


Sunyi Dean has had short stories published in The Best of British Scifi Anthology, Prole, FFO, Tor Dot Com. Her debut novel, The Book Eaters, was released in Aug 2022 Harper Voyager (UK). The Book Eaters features a protective single mother. It’s an atmospheric blend of fairy-tale and gothic styles.



Humber Speculative Fiction 9: R J Barker & Stephen Aryan

This September you can hear from two award winning Fantasy authors.


R J Barker is the author of The Tide Child Trilogy and The Wounded Kingdom Trilogy both published by Orbit. The Bone Ships was the winner of the Holdstock Award for Best Fantasy Novel.


Stephen Aryan is the author of the Age of Darkness trilogy and The Age of Dread trilogy, both published by Orbit. The Warrior, released August 9th completes a duology published by Angry Robot.


Tickets are available now via EVENTBRITE: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/342010973027


Book Now for Humber Speculative Fiction 8


Join us for friendly discussions around all things Speculative Fiction.

Our guests for the evening are:

Susan Oke who will be exploring aspects of editing. Carl F Northwood will be sharing insight on self publishing. Both authors will also be reading from their work.

Food and drink is available to order from the bar throughout the evening.

Please be aware there is a limited number of seating available.

Humber Speculative Fiction 8

Announcing the Guests for July 24th!

In the Science Fiction, YA, Short Story, and Editor corner we have Susan Oke. Representing Self Publishing, Fantasy, Dungeons and Dragons, and Leafy East Yorkshire Villages Author Carl F Northwood.

Tickets will be available shortly via this website/facebook. We strongly recommend reserving a space as it is limited.