Job: Chico's creative site can be seen here.
Weird Noir: The Da Silva Tales
NEWS!The Captain is hitting the Kindle!
This month sees the long-awaited publication of DEMON WEATHER, the first
Da Silva novel, as an e-book by Booktrope
(www.booktrope.com). Last year they reprinted my first novel, THE PRINTER'S
DEVIL. I did the covers for both (she said modestly).
Check out what's
happening on my new blog.
Saída de Emergência still plans to publish DEMON WEATHER
in Portuguese as O LIVRO DAS ALMAS (The Book of Souls), but the project
is sadly on hold at the moment.
THE CHAPBOOKS: The fourth collection of Da Silva Tales, BRIEF ENCOUNTERS
contains four tales. Find out how the Captain first met the Russian witch
Tatiana, what woke in Lisbon when too much magic was in the air, and the
separate challenges the Captain and his son had to face in Egypt. Ancient
sorceresses, goddesses, hunters, a phoenix (or is it?), walking statues
and the walking dead.... Click on the CAPTAIN DA SILVA button at the top
of the page for details and how to order.And click on the bookcover (or
here) for a portrait of the Captain. And his
Scooby Gang -- Harris, Pierce, John Yeoh and Emilia.
VISIONS & VOYAGES
contains two Da Silva Tales and two other stories of the fantastic.
THE VENGEANCE JAR contains three long Da Silva Tales
SECOND SIGHT contains four Da Silva Tales. Click on the covers for details.
supernatural adventures introducing readers to turn-of-the-century sea
captain Luís da Silva, who has the power to see ghosts after losing
his left eye to a demon... an impressive showcase for one of the genre's
most interesting and genuinely original new characters.
Stephen Jones, in the essay 'Horror in 2001', MAMMOTH BOOK OF BEST
NEW HORROR 13
Chico has been writing
ghost stories since 1979 under the name of A F Kidd, a choice influenced
by classic writers such as M R James, E F Benson, and others. They have
been published in the UK, the US, Canada, Australia and continental Europe.
Most first saw the light of day in small press: GHOSTS & SCHOLARS,
DARK DREAMS, PEEPING TOM, ENIGMATIC TALES, ALL HALLOWS, and Chicos
own series of chapbooks: Chicos
Chapbooks Almost all the short stories were finally collected
together in one volume by Ash-Tree Press: SUMMONING KNELLS and Other Inventions
Chico also writes in collaboration with Rick Kennett in Australia. The
Ghost Story Society printed a collection of four Carnacki the Ghost-Finder
stories in 1992. Chico and Rick added substantially to these for the Ash-Tree
anthology, NUMBER 472 CHEYNE WALK: taster
And Carnacki meets Sherlock Holmes in a new anthology, GASLIGHT GRIMOIRES
(please watch this space for link).
Ash-Tree Press also published a paperback edition of William Hope Hodgsons
classic chiller THE GHOST PIRATES, with an introduction by Chico. Visit
ACQUAINTED WITH THE
NIGHT from Ash-Tree
contains a Da Silva
Tale, 'Salvage' see Ash-Tree
POE'S PROGENY from
Gary Fry features another, 'Unfinished Business'. See the Fusing Horizons
This series grew
out of a character suddenly appearing, fully-formed with a past and a
personality, in the middle of a short story called Cats & Architecture.
He then took centre stage and demanded that I tell the rest of his stories.
As theyre still continuing I dont know what the conclusion,
if any, will be!
The second collection, THE VENGEANCE JAR, is sold out, but I can make
Xeroxes on request. The first, SECOND SIGHT, is still available. Click
a bookcover or this link for more details and
Two of the stories top and tail THE MAMMOTH BOOK OF BEST NEW HORROR 13...
And a previously unpublished story, Handwriting of the God,
appears in DARK TERRORS 6.
The fourth novel in the Da Silva Tales sequence, SINNED AGAINST, is finished
(and the short stories continue...). The first three books in the series
are DEMON WEATHER, THE WEREWOLF OF LISBON, and RESURRECTION.Click here
for a taster...
The first tale made its debut in the excellent magazine SUPERNATURAL
TALES, issue #2. Another kicked off issue#4. And a further story in
issue#6. Check the link for details and then subscribe!
(Thanks to Rick Kennett for coining the term "Weird Noir".)
Chicos first novel THE PRINTERS DEVIL was published in 1995
by Baen Books. It came 12th in LOCUS magazines poll of Best First
Novels of the year. Ive now put the whole novel on the website in
Another short story (not in the sequence) appeared in SECRETS OF SHADOWS,
Volume 3 of DARKNESS RISING.
And uncollected since their first publication are four
Chico Kidd likes learning new things.
Before the age of eighteen she learnt sailing, canoeing, fencing, judo,
Russian, Latin, French and German (as well as the rest of the school curriculum),
and climbed Snowdon several times once with a sprained ankle.
Before the age of twenty-five she joined a football team, gained a law
degree, saw her first story published, and discovered what unemployment
Before the age of thirty she made a success in advertising, learnt to
ride a horse and to ring church bells (badly). She got married on her
During the next twenty-five years she learnt to scuba dive, studied Italian,
Spanish and Portuguese, had three books published, travelled to over thirty
countries, rode elephants and camels, and ran the London Marathon (three
times) to raise money for Lifeboats.
There are still a lot more things she wants to do, and she still cant
ride a bicycle.
Chico was born in 1953 in Nottingham, though her parents met and married
in postwar Germany, father an army sergeant from Nottingham (who spent
the war in the Navy, on minesweepers), WAAF mother born in India to a
Welsh father and mother whose nationality changed every time the tale
was told. So she likes to think of herself as a mongrel, because everyone
knows mongrels are smarter.
She cant write without music: fado, opera, baroque, folk-rock. When
it comes to art she will actively seek out Miró, Gauguin, Paula
Rego, the Renaissance and some of the Pre-Raphaelites. She loves Gaudìs
architecture but her favourite city is Lisbon. Her reading pile has in
it Ursula Le Guin, José Saramago, Terry Pratchett, Michael Chabon,
Haruki Murakami, Conrad, Kipling, and Tolkien (and thats just the
fiction). Writing influences that she can identify also include M R James
of course, Raymond Chandler, C S Forester, William Hope Hodgson, Rider
Haggard, John Buchan, and Joss Whedon.
Read some articles
for YOGA magazine: Sri Lanka and Singapore
food, Yoga and marathons, the indefatigable
romantic places, glorious St Lucia, eating
raw, regulating yoga, the controversial
guru Osho (and in Italian),
the inspirational teachers Shiva Rea and Jonny
Kest, Valentine's Day and Christmas
traditions, and the Self-Realization Fellowship.
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