‘Haunting stories that set out to keep us in their moment’ Paul Magrs

Nightjar Press is an independent publisher specialising in limited edition single short-story chapbooks by individual authors. It is brought to you by the people behind early 1990s British Fantasy Award-winning publisher Egerton Press, responsible for Darklands, Darklands 2 and Joel Lane’s short-story collection The Earth Wire. The publisher is Nicholas Royle, the designer John Oakey. We are open to submissions from writers who have taken the trouble to research what kind of stuff we like.

The nightjar – aka corpse fowl or goatsucker – is a nocturnal bird with an uncanny, supernatural reputation that flies silently at dusk or dawn as it hunts for food. The nightjar is more often heard than seen, its song a series of ghostly clicks known as a churring. In her poem ‘Goatsucker’, Sylvia Plath wrote that the ‘Devil-bird’ flies ‘on wings of witch cloth’.

What Happens When You Wake Up in the Night/Michael Marshall Smith (12pp) SOLD OUT

The Safe Children/Tom Fletcher (16pp) SOLD OUT

When the Door Closed, It Was Dark/Alison Moore (16pp) SOLD OUT

Black Country/Joel Lane (16pp) available

A Revelation of Cormorants/Mark Valentine (16pp) available

The Beautiful Room/RB Russell (12pp) available

Lexicon/Christopher Burns (17pp) available

Field/Tom Fletcher (12pp) available

Sullom Hill/Christopher Kenworthy (15pp) available

Remains/GA Pickin (13pp) available

Into the Penny Arcade/Claire Massey (12pp) available

Marionettes/Claire Massey (12pp) available


All chapbooks are priced £3/$5/€3.5 plus 50p/$3/€1.5 P&P

If ordering more than one chapbook, please ask for P&P charges.

To buy copies of our publications, please email Nicholas Royle on nicholasroyle@mac.com.

29 Responses to “Nightjar Press”

  1. Dan Pounds Says:

    Hi Nick / Nicholas
    Would there be any chance of you sticking link to our website on this site? Will reciprocate of course. New indie shop in Norwich is THE BOOK HIVE, 53 London Street Norwich – I’ll tell owner Henry Layte about Nightjar – think he’ll be interested

    cheers
    Dan


  2. Done. Thanks, Dan.

    Nicholas/Nick 🙂

  3. Geoffrey Williams Says:

    Sorry if I seem a bit stupid, but how do I buy your books? There doesn’t seem to be any instructions as to what to do anywhere!

    Some help would be appreciated. Thank you.

  4. nigel Says:

    hi there

    just seen news of your funding and wanted to congratulate. well done.

    having followed up, am delighted to see joel lane on your list – remember his work and himself very fondly from the days of the rue bella (he was one of our frequent fliers). please say hi.

    nigel

  5. Jesus Olmo Says:

    Thomas Ligotti’s ‘I Have a Special Plan for This World’, for Nicholas Royle.
    http://vimeo.com/9840105
    My very best wishes for Nightjar Press,
    jesus

  6. Roy Says:

    Will you have a stand at next weekends Manchester Book Market? If not you could put some on the TTA stand. I’ll be there Friday and Saturday.


  7. Hi, Nicholas –

    I love the look, the idea, and purpose of these books. What does a poor Yank need to do to purchase one (or two)?

    Thanks,

    David


  8. […] of consciousness it took me by surprise. The direct inspiration came from getting copies of some Nightjar Press chapbooks at FantasyCon 2010, and it just hit me that it was an absolutely brilliant little format […]

  9. Dawn Rodgers Says:

    Hi, I’d like ot order a copy of The Beautiful Room. Could you send me an email with the address I need to send a cheque to? I haven’t bought one of your chapbooks before but they look inviting.


    1. Dawn: not sure how to email you. If your post reveals your email address somewhere, somehow, I’m not clever enough to work it out. Could you email me on nicholasroyle (at) mac.com?

  10. archaism Says:

    Hi Nicholas,

    I’m interested in submitting a story to you: do you have a submissions address, or is it better that I email your stated one?

    Sean

  11. stuart radmore Says:

    Nicholas

    A little off-topic but I hope you can help.

    I’m interested in learning more about the short stories of Derek Marlowe.

    You mention in the introduction to “Sweet Nothing” (in Darklands) that a DM short story appeared in Vogue. What was the title of that story, and when did it appear?

    Many thanks

    S Radmore


    1. Sorry for the delay in replying, Stuart. The Marlowe story in Vogue was called ‘1916 Was a Very Good Year’. I’m afraid I don’t know when it appeared. I published another one, after ‘Sweet Nothing’, called ‘Digits’, in Darklands 2.
      best wishes
      Nicholas

      1. stuart radmore Says:

        Thanks for replying.

        Is the Egerton Press completely defunct, or is there any chance of my getting hold of a copy of Darklands 2?

        Many thanks

        S Radmore

  12. sdshspress Says:

    Dear Sirs,
    The South Dakota State Historical Society Press is looking at delving into chapbooks. Having never done them before, I wonder, do you treat them as you would a regular book? In other words, do you give them an ISBN, copyright page, etc?
    Many thanks.
    Martyn


    1. Dear Martyn: sory for the delay. Yes, I treat them very much as a regular book with copyright page, imprint info, cover illustration etc and individual ISBN. best wishes, Nicholas

  13. sdshspress Says:

    Thanks, Nicholas.
    We went that way in the end as well. We didn’t end up putting CIP in, because we don’t expect to sell this first chapbook direct to libraries.
    It has been a fun little project and I appreciate you getting back to me with your advice. Best, Martyn


  14. […] A few days ago my order of four Nightjar Press titles arrived, to my great pleasure. Having just finished the mandatory reading for the first unit of my MA (ten novels in as many weeks) I was ready for some quality short fiction when I saw the Nightjar press post about their two most recent releases. I promptly banged off an order for the pair, along with two other titles that caught my eye while browsing the blog. For those not in the know, Nightjar Press is an independent publisher specialising in limited edition single short-story chapbo… […]


  15. […] A few days ago my order of four Nightjar Press titles arrived, to my great pleasure. Having just finished the mandatory reading for the first unit of my MA (ten novels in as many weeks) I was ready for some quality short fiction when I saw the Nightjar press post about their two most recent releases. I promptly banged off an order for the pair, along with two other titles that caught my eye while browsing the blog. For those not in the know, Nightjar Press is an independent publisher specialising in limited edition single short-story chapbo… […]


  16. […] A few days ago my order of four Nightjar Press titles arrived, to my great pleasure. Having just finished the mandatory reading for the first unit of my MA (twelve novels in as many weeks) I was ready for some quality short fiction when I saw the Nightjar press post about their two most recent releases. I promptly banged off an order for the pair, along with two other titles that caught my eye while browsing the blog. For those not in the know, Nightjar Press is an independent publisher specialising in limited edition single short-story chapbo… […]


  17. […] Nightjar Press […]

  18. Jonathan Says:

    Hi Nick, just thought I’d leave a mention that our Litfest Poetry Bookcase is now back open after our move to new premises (same building – The Storey, in Lancaster), and if anyone is interested we have a couple of copies left of 2 of your sold out items – Michael Marshall Smith and Alison Moore. Just jonathan.bean@litfest.org for details.
    Cheers and all the best.


  19. […] Two of her stories, Marionettes and Into the Penny Arcade, were recently published as chapbooks by Nightjar Press. Claire is also an editor and project manager at Litfest and is co-editor of online […]

  20. julia morley Says:

    Alison Moore is all sold out 😦
    Don’t suppose you will have any more?
    Many Thanks, Julia


  21. Julia, I’m sorry not to have replied before. This blog is not used any more and I’m going to dismantle if (if I can find out how). Alison’s first Nightjar title is out of print, but the story will be reprinted in her forthcoming collection, The Pre-War House & Other Stories (Salt) next May.


  22. […] short stories, and has edited 16 anthologies including The Best British Short Stories. He also runs Nightjar Press, a company that publishes limited-edition short stories in chapbook […]


  23. I know this if off topic but I’m looking into starting my own blog and was wondering what all is required to get setup?
    I’m assuming having a blog like yours would cost a pretty penny?
    I’m not very web savvy so I’m not 100% certain. Any suggestions or advice would
    be greatly appreciated. Cheers


  24. […] Charles Boyle worked at Faber he was copy-editor on my novel Foxy-T—Nicholas Royle’s Night Jar press, etc. etc. As a reader I’m also interested in the even smaller presses, the one-offs […]

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