Tomato Cain And Other Stories - Virtual Launch

Price: 5.00

Tickets come with a £5.00 discount code you can use on our website to purchase a copy of the book. 

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15 September 2022


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About the event

Join us for the virtual launch of the long awaited re-issue of Tomato Cain And Other Stories, with editor and Nigel Kneale biographer Andy Murray, Dr Jennifer Wallis and Toby Hadoke.

Toby Hadoke will read from a previously unpublished story from the collection as part of the event before joining a panel discussion with Andy Murray and Dr Jennifer Wallis.

Tickets are £5.00 and you will receive a special discount code for £5.00 off your order when you buy the book through our website.

About the book:

Originally published in 1949, Tomato Cain and Other Stories is the sole collection of short fiction by Nigel Kneale. Drawing on his experiences of growing up on the Isle of Man, many of Kneale's tales conjure up a remote, old-fashioned community where mythology and superstition are part of everyday life. Several stories go further, making imaginative leaps into the kind of weird, eerie territory with which Kneale would go on to make his name, as the writer of TV's Quatermass, The Road, Beasts and The Stone Tape.

Though garlanded with praise on publication – it won its author the 1950 Somerset Maugham Award – Tomato Cain has long since been out of print. In the face of a steady groundswell of interest, this new edition, published by Comma Press to mark the centenary of Kneale's birth, makes the collection available again at last, uniting the stories from both the original UK and US editions for the first time ever. It's sure to delight Kneale's legions of fans and indeed all admirers of skilfully-crafted short stories.

Jennifer Wallis

Jennifer Wallis is a historian of science and medicine at Imperial College London, and one half of indie publisher Headpress. She has written extensively on both the history of medicine and film and television. Her recent publications include a chapter on rape-revenge narratives in made-for-TV movies in Shocking Cinema of the 70s (ed. Julian Petley and Xavier Mendik; Bloomsbury, 2021) and the co-edited volume Sources in the History of Psychiatry from 1800 to the Present (Routledge, 2022).

Andy Murray

Andy Murray is a writer and journalist based in Manchester. He edited Comma's first modern horror story anthology, Phobic, and has written biographies of British television scriptwriters Nigel Kneale and (with Dr Mark Aldridge) Russell T Davies. Formerly the programmer of the Darkness Over Britain strand celebrating British film and TV horror at Manchester's Cornerhouse arts centre, he's now a regular contributor to Big Issue North, Northern Soul and We Are Cult. He also teaches Film Journalism at the University of Salford and the University of Manchester.

Toby Hadoke

Toby Hadoke is an award winning actor and comedian. He presents the weekend science fiction hour, The 7th Dimension, on BBC Radio 4 Extra, and hosts a series of well received Doctor Who related podcasts - currently at over 250,000 downloads - under the umbrella title Toby Hadoke’s Time Travels, which are a mix of commentary, whimsical monologue and deep historical dive. He is a regular performer at the Comedy Store and an expert on classic TV science fiction and British actors and has written frequently about both: his expertise often being called upon by newspapers, DVD producers, documentary makers and The Guardian newspaper for whom is he is regular obituarist.