Reports from the Deep End: Stories inspired by J. G. Ballard (Paperback)

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Reports from the Deep End: Stories inspired by J. G. Ballard By Maxim Jakubowski (Editor), Rick McGrath, Will Self, Iain Sinclair, Michael Moorcock, Christopher Fowler, Chris Beckett, Lavie Tidhar, Ramsey Campbell, Barry Malzberg, Adrian Cole, Jeff Noon, James Lovegrove, Toby Litt, Rhys Hughes Cover Image
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A fascinating and unsettling anthology of 32 science fiction short stories in tribute to the prophetic dystopias of New Wave sci-fi pioneer, and literary titan of the twentieth century, J. G. Ballard—featuring Will Self, Iain Sinclair, Christopher Fowler, Chris Beckett, and a new Jerry Cornelius story from Michael Moorcock.

Few authors are so iconic that their name is an adjective – Ballard is one of them.

Master of both literary and science fiction, his novels such as Empire of the Sun, Crash and Cocaine Nights show a world out of joint – a bewildering, alienating and yet enthralling place. From his rapturously weird takes on contemporary reality to his classic dystopias like The Drowned World and High Rise, Ballard’s legacy shaped the future of literature.

This first-of-its-kind anthology, featuring our greatest literary and science fiction authors, pays tribute to the unique visions of humanity’s uncanny and uneasy clash with the future – our empires of concrete – seen through the warped lens of J. G. Ballard.

Edited by renowned editors Maxim Jakubowski and Rick McGrath, this collection includes stories by:

  • Will Self
  • Iain Sinclair
  • Christopher Fowler
  • Chris Beckett
  • Michael Moorcock
  • Jeff Noon
  • Preston Grassmann
  • Toby Litt
  • Christine Poulson
  • David Gordon
  • Hanna Jameson
  • James Lovegrove
  • Ramsey Campbell
  • Barry N. Malzberg
  • Paul Di Filippo
  • Samathan Lee Howe
  • Nick Mamatas
  • Adrian McKinty
  • Rhys Hughes
  • Adrian Cole
  • Pat Cadigan
  • Adam Roberts
  • George Sandison
  • Geoff Nicholson
  • A.K. Benedict
  • Andrew Hook
  • David Quantick
  • Lavie Tidhar
  • James Grady

About the Author

Maxim Jakubowski is a noted anthology editor based in London, just a mile or so away from where he was born. With over 70 volumes to his credit, including Invisible Blood, the 13 annual volumes of The Mammoth Book of Best British Mysteries, and titles on Professor Moriarty, Jack the Ripper, Future Crime and Vintage whodunits. A publisher for over 20 years, he was also the co-owner of London's Murder One bookstore and the crime columnist for Time Out and then The Guardian for 22 years. Stories from his anthologies have won most of the awards in the field on numerous occasions. He is currently the Chair of the Crime Writers' Association and a Sunday Times bestselling novelist in another genre.

Praise For…


A well written sharp, incisive crime story (much like a dagger thrust should be) is a thing of beauty. There are many in this anthology. Read and enjoy.
Frost Magazine

Quality and variety... are guaranteed.
Morning Star

Chilling and crafty, and full of devious characters. Not all of the victims are innocent, and the effects of each story will linger long after you close the volume.
– The Girl Who Reads

It’s good to see earlier contributions from such luminaries as Peter O’Donnell, Julian Rathbone and Larry Beinhart among the star-studded cast which features Ian Rankin, Jeffrey Deaver, Denise Mina and John Harvey.
– Shots Mag

The daggers are drawn, business ends out. An absolute must read for all crime fiction fans.
– Advance the Plot

Edgy, twisted and disturbing, Daggers Drawn is a visceral and thrilling collection showcasing the very best modern crime fiction has to offer.
– Book Lover's Boudoir

[A]n overall entertaining tale of short stories with quite a few enjoyable tales to entice the reader.
– Run Along the Shelves

I'd definitely recommend this great collection for anyone who is a crime fiction fan.
– Snazzy Books

[A]n engrossing and entertaining read.
– Annarellix Review

Product Details
ISBN: 9781803363196
ISBN-10: 1803363193
Publisher: Titan Books
Publication Date: November 4th, 2025
Pages: 496
Language: English