Staring into the Abyss

No, I’m not feeling glum. Quite the contrary, as the writing has picked up and I can see my holiday just over the hill in front of me after a long year.

Staring into the Abyss because I was fortunate enough to be invited onto the podcast of the same name, by their team of Scott Kemper, Matt Brandenburg and Michael Patrick Hicks.

The format of the show, if you don’t already know it, is that the guest chooses a short horror story to discuss with the panel. I chose a phenomenal piece called ‘Live Through This’ by the ludicrously talented Nadia Bulkin.

You may not be familiar with this story, as it has only ever been published in an anthology from Dim Shores, called Looming Low, and as we thoroughly spoil the story, I’d really recommend you pick up the anthology first, here* then listen in and see if we made of it what you did.

The chat also features a round-up of what we were all reading at the time of recording, when I was wrestling with the darkness of Ross Jeffery’s Juniper and the Staring Into The Abyss team were all at various stages of progress with Stephen King’s novella quartet, If It Bleeds.

Have a listen and tell me what you think, either at the spotify link below, or wherever you get your podcasts.

https://open.spotify.com/episode/0k68WUd98EaXaaNa9tusnt?si=tnBT-VaCQliF7LSfrf_SlA

*You won’t be sorry if you do pick this up. There are other stories in there by Gemma Files, Brian Evenson, Michael Griffin, Betty Rocksteady, Damien Angelica Walters, Kristi DeMeester, Michael Cisco and I could go on. Seriously, it’s astounding. You can read my 2017 This is Horror review of the book, here.

Enter the Inferno

Inferno

Inferno, the latest incarnation of the Infernal Clock series, is out now. With Stephanie Ellis (The Five Turns of the Wheel) and Alyson Faye (Lost Girl & Spindleshanks) taking on the roles of Virgil and Dante – and no, I don’t know which is which – they will guide readers through a reimagined nine circles of hell, created by eighteen writers, including TC Parker, whose debut horror novel Salt Blood is among my reads of the year, V. Castro, who has been tearing up a storm throughout the horror world and has two huge releases coming from Flame Tree Press in 2021, CC Adams, who I’m proud to call a stable-mate at Lycan Valley Press, with his latest novella, Downwind, Alice and Steve Stred, whose releases this year include Of Witches and Scott: A Wagon Buddy Tale.

To read about all of the authors involved, check out their fascinating interviews, which Stephanie Ellis hosted on her website, here.

My story in the anthology, ‘Elixir,’ follows Kai, a man who has built up a huge following as a peddler of dreams, representing the brand Future Herb. He is approached by a mysterious woman after one of his shows and things only get stranger from there.

I hope you’ll check it out and enjoy it if/when you do. Pick up your copy of Inferno here.

New story, ‘The Call of the Ocean,’ available now on Burial Day

I’m delighted to announce that a story of mine, ‘The Call of the Ocean,’ is today featured on the Burial Day website. Having recently announced three new entries to their incredible line-up of books, Burial Day also post short fiction stories once a month from established and up and coming authors. I’m ecstatic that they chose this one of mine to feature for the spookiest month of the year.

‘The Call of the Ocean’ is, thus far, a rarity for me in that it’s one of only two stories I’ve written which is set in Lisbon, where I live. I had a story published in late 2016, ‘Death Imitating Art,’ which won me a prize and rekindled my love of writing, but which is long since out of print. Besides that piece, while I’ve often used other places that my heavily travel-influenced life have taken me, Lisbon hasn’t really featured. I can’t tell you why that is, but I can tell you that I plan to correct it, once my novel WIP is out of the way.

My spot of Lisbon is the exact point where the Tejo river merges with the Atlantic ocean. I stare out at the water every single day of my life, while I have breakfast, while I work, etc. So, it’s natural I suppose that the ocean itself takes a central role in the story. Also featured are the sceneries of my childhood, when I spent seemingly endless summers on the Sussex coast, still one of my favourite parts of my former homeland.

The story is not for the faint hearted. I hope you enjoy it. Do let me know in the comments, or tweet me, @LisboetaIngles on Twitter.

Read the story here.

A final Treat from the Trickster and don’t miss Curfew

I’m freshly returned from a (socially distanced) holiday in Malta and have a few projects coming to fruition. First up is my story, ‘Shaft,’ which is featured in the latest (and final) edition of Trickster’s Treats, the annual halloween, charity anthology from Things in the Well. As you may know, after putting out almost forty excellent releases over the past few years, Steve Dillon has decided to call it a day running the press, to focus more on family life and his own writing. So many people have been given a break by Steve, myself included, with my first proper sale coming for ‘Warding’ in his anthology Below the Stairs: Tales From the Cellar, you can read more about that here.

But onto Trickster’s Treats 4: Coming, Buried or Not. This anthology has been edited by Louise Zedda-Sampson and Geneve Flynn, and it was a great experience, as Things in the Well anthos usually are, with some great editing bringing the most out of my story. The story is called ‘Shaft,’ but has nothing to do with a policeman who breaks all the rules. It’s set at Stonehenge in the UK, where a circular shaft was recently discovered nearby. That news story fused with the call for the anthology and the story kind of wrote itself. There is some visceral nastiness that I think and hope readers are going to get a thrill out of.

The cover art is great and there are more than 30 stories and poems in the book, AND the proceeds are going to an amazing cause, The Indigenous Literacy Foundation. You can read about the work they’re doing, here. So if you want to read mine and a host of other tales of terror, do pick up a copy either by pre-ordering or after its release on 26th September.


Curfew is the second release of mine to come through Demain Publishing’s Short Sharp Shocks range of titles. My first one, Cinders of a Blind Man Who Could See, first saw the light of day last April and was my first solo release. I’m pleased to say that novelette is still finding new readers today and, by and large, they seem to be enjoying it.

Curfew moves away from folk horror in a sense, yet retains certain elements of it. A small community, strange practices and the main characters as outsiders all feature here. But I do feel the vibe is different from both Cinders… and The Balance. I won’t say much more, as it’s not a terribly long tale and I don’t want to spoil it. For now, it is available only in eBook format, but it will be reproduced in paperback format early in 2021, and my short story ‘Haldjas,’ which was originally produced in audio on Hawk and Cleaver’s The Other Stories podcast, will be appearing in print for the first time.

Released this Friday, 18th September, you can pre-order your copy for just £0.77 in the UK and a similarly bargain $0.99 in the US, with similar prices on Amazons worldwide. Cover art and design is once again handled by the brilliant Adrian Baldwin, and I’d love to know how you get along with it, either here, in the comments or on Twitter @lisboetaingles.

New Audio Story – ‘A Precious Quarry’ – Free on Tales to Terrify

I’m thrilled to announce that my story, ‘A Precious Quarry’ is the feature story on today’s Tales to Terrify. This story is a sci-fi horror piece, set on an experimental mining vessel sent out to drill precious minerals from huge lumps of space rock in the asteroid belt of our solar system. Let’s just hope that when such projects start to come to fruition in reality over the next few years, things don’t go as badly as they do for the crew of the Pegasus.

This story was written in 2018 and found its first home in Things in the Well’s superb sci-fi horror anthology, Beyond the Infinite: Tales from the Outer Reaches. Getting a slot in this anthology was a bit of a dream for me, as it meant my story sat side by side with masters of horror, like Ramsey Campbell and Brian Lumley, as well as H. G. Wells – a sci-fi legend from the town where I grew up.

But enough blathering from me, check out the story for free, below and I hope you enjoy it – Let me know in the comments or on Twitter!