Secret Language


Secret Language, my second collection of short stories,  was published by NewCon Press in June 2016 and is available to buy in ebook, paperback, and signed, special edition hardback from NewCon’s store, Amazon and other outlets.

Secret Language features sixteen stories, including BSFA award nominee, Arrhythmia, my Black Static debut, The Secret Language Of Stamps, and other pieces previously published in magazines such as Interzone and various anthologies over the years.

It also includes four brand new stories written exclusively for this collection.

British Fantasy Award finalist in 2017


“Williamson’s work is always taut, dark and powerful.” “Check out this collection from one of the UK’s most gifted short story writers, and see for yourself.” This Is Horror

“If Williamson is speaking a secret language it is one that resonates, surprises and entertains and one that it would be worth your while learning.”  Peter Sutton, BRSBKBLOG

“[A] major collection…that effectively evolves into a moto perpetuo of performance literature”  DF Lewis, Dreamcatcher: Gestalt Real-Time Reviews

“NewCon Press is quietly one of the best small publishers, if not the best, in the UK working with science fiction and fantasy. Secret Language is a collection with a vintage feel… one will not find flashy genre tales, rather carefully composed stories.”  Jesse Hudson, Speculiction

“If you like stories that make you think and leave you with a nagging little reminder that the world isn’t quite as perfect or simple or smooth as you thought it was; stories that wind two things into each other and make you realise how they work together, or break the other apart; stories that cross genre and contain multiple themes and ideas; stories that are deceptively simple and stay with you past the first read…read this collection.” Kate Coe,

“…if you enjoy the short story format and want a challenging read, I suggest you give this book a try. I award ‘Secret Language’ a worthy four-and-a-half stars.” Julie, Whispering Stories

From Goodreads

What a brilliant book. A collection of inventive speculative fiction shorts with a lot of interesting ideas.” “Williamson’s work is rich with feeling and idea.”  Belle Wood

“…my favorites in this collection: ‘Silk Bones’ and ‘The Death of Abigail Goudy.’…These two stories alone are worth the price of admission to this carnival of the fantastic.Eric Schaller

“An enjoyable book, stories seguing from one to the other so the outcome is a coherent body of work, more warm duvet than the patchwork quilt of the author’s previous collection, The Ephemera. Highly recommended “ Andrew Hook


“…a brilliant, and sometimes haunting, take on both the familiar and the strange.”