Today is Book Day! (Lost Films, Slow Summer and more)

Happy bookday to myself and a host of fantastic authors, some of whom I can also call friends, such as Bob Pastorella, Brian Asman and Thomas Joyce of the This is Horror community. Lost Films is out today! I know I’ve been blathering on about it for months, but this anthology means a lot to me and I feel it is a big step in my writing journey, not to mention an honour, to share a platform with people I’ve looked up to from the moment I first read their work, such as Gemma Files, Brian Evenson, John C Foster, Kristi DeMeester, Jessica McHugh and all the other writers who made the cut. Everlasting thanks to Max and Lori at Perpetual Motion Machine Publishing for believing in my story, ‘The Fourth Wall’. Great reviews are coming in for the whole anthology, so I think and hope you’re going to love it.

Anyway, for the final time, if you don’t have your copy, I strongly recommend taking a look at it by clicking the image below:

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Moving on, this summer has existed in two phases, from a writing perspective. On one hand, I planned an as-yet-untitled novel at the end of the school year and managed to put down about 8,000 words of it in just under two weeks. Then I came to the UK to do some university work and since then my time is at a real premium and so I’ve managed only a little more than a thousand words in a month. That said, the WIP is still vivid in my mind, I still believe strongly in the project and I will be getting back on it with a vengeance in a fortnight.

Aside from that, the We Shall Be Monsters anthology of Frankenstein themed stories will be coming from Canada’s Renaissance Press very soon and I look forward to seeing what people make of the story there which I’d struggle to categorise as horror, even with certain horrific realisations. After that there’s nothing new until October, although my Baba Yaga novella remains with a publisher and I eagerly anticipate a response for it. There are other stories out for submission and, of course, the moment I hear anything positive, I’ll post them up here.

For now… back to work…

‘Monument to Highgate’ up on The Other Stories

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It’s great to wake up on a Monday morning and find a new story of mine out there in the world. In today’s case, it’s another beautifully realised podcast from the team at The Other Stories.

This piece, I wrote specifically for their latest theme – The London Underground. For anyone feeling dozy on the Northern Line after a long day at the office, this tale might give you cause to think again before resting your eyes.

Click the image below and check it out!

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The Summer of Scares

It feels like it’s about time for another blog post and a bit of an update. Traditionally, within horror and dark fiction circles, the beginning part of the year can tend to be terribly slow as releases are few and far between, and so 2018 has proved, to date. However, with summer well and truly here now, we begin to shift through the gears and releases start to come out thick and fast towards Autumn – Halloween in particular – and a swathe of releases.

So, here’s what’s coming up for me:

July sees the release of Beyond the Infinite: Tales from the Outer Reaches from Things in the Well. Edited by Steve Dillon, this looks like a great anthology, with tales by Clive Barker, H. G. Wells and Brian Lumley sandwiched together with new stories of sci-fi terror from Stephen Herczeg, Lisa Pais and yours truly (my story’s title is ‘A Precious Quarry’). The cover artwork is a thing to behold (see below) and I’ll be adding this to my list of publications as soon as it’s available.

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Also coming in July or August will be another story for The Other Stories podcast. I’ve literally JUST signed the contract on this one. I was so happy with what they did with my previous story for them – ‘Show Cooking: Cannibal Edition‘ and can’t wait to see what they do with my story on the forthcoming theme of The London Underground.

Moving into August and perhaps the most eagerly awaited anthology release of the year at the moment is Lost Films from Perpetual Motion Machine Publishing. I mentioned this in a previous blog post from which you can place a pre-order for the book in paperback, or eBook format. The heavyweights writing in the anthology are both humbling and inspiring and I look forward to hearing what people think of the anthology as a whole and my story, ‘The Fourth Wall.’

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In November, there will be two new releases, the first of which is my first Young Adult fiction release of a story called ‘Your Blue Friend,’ which will appear in the Frostfire Worlds magazine, from Alban Lake publishing. You can find previous issues of the magazine at the Alban Lake store. I’ll publish cover artwork here as and when it is revealed.

Also coming in November is Scary Dairy Press’ Terror Politico anthology, a collection of stories about the dystopian state of our current politics. My story ‘No Such Thing as a Free Lunch’ will hopefully provide a harrowing account of the status quo and make you think, while turning your stomach. The cover art for the anthology has been revealed (below) and looks terrific.

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I still have my first novella – working title The Balance – under consideration with a publisher and I have broken ground on a new novel/novella, set in a long-collapsed gold mine, more news on that as it comes.

Sorry for the long update. I look forward to sharing these new stories with you in the near future. Enjoy the summer.

Taking the rough with the smooth

After a great end to 2017 and a better start to 2018, there were inevitably going to be bumpy roads to navigate at some point. Listen to any writer you care to mention (besides Stephen King and a few others) and they’ll tell you that rejection is a part of the writer’s life. Even when you’re good. And known. And known to be good. Even more common for a newcomer then.

They’ll also tell you it never stops hurting.

Such has been this last two weeks for me. Two rejections that I was feeling really rather confident about. Stories I believed in – and continue to believe in – which I thought were good fits.

You can take these setbacks in different ways. Since I started writing more seriously, at the beginning of last year, my method has been to see every rejection as an invitation to learn, improve, polish that story (if you still think it’s worthy) and get it back out there.

So that’s what I’ve done. Fingers crossed they’re more palatable to the editors they’re with currently.

Whether they are or not, we writers just have to keep on keeping on.


On a more positive note, a story that did find a home was released somewhat quietly, in an eBook anthology, just over a week ago. Dies Infaustus, edited by Shannon Iwanski and put out by the lovely people at A Murder of Storytellers, features my story ‘The Wraith’ and is available now, here. Take a look at Alan Sessler’s beautiful cover art, below.

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