Available now for pre-order as a kindle-only edition, is Cinders of a Blind Man Who Could See, part of Demain Publishing’s ‘Short Sharp Shocks’ range of long-short stories. This tale of British folk horror, set in rural Cheshire (not far from where I went to university, a long time ago), deals with themes of loss, isolation, secrecy and strained family relations.
The back cover synopsis is as follows:
Something old lurks in Leonard’s Wood and something – or someone – in the sleepy village of Wincham is feeding it.
Now Owen must face it or risk losing his son forever.
Available now for £0.99 or $0.99, depending on your location, you can pre-order Cinders of a Blind Man Who Could See, here, so it will magically appear on your Kindle, April 19th.
Just a quick update to say that my story, ‘The Waiting Game,’ is available now in the sixth issue of Aphotic Realm magazine. Subtitled Fangs, every story in this magazine concerns some kind of sharp toothed creature. The magazine features stories by myself, Christopher Stanley, Joanna Koch, Michael Carter, Chris Martin, S. J. Budd, Kenneth Tilford and Tom Over. It also features a comic by Marcello Bondi, non-fiction by Toni Miller and an interview on how to make a monster, with the legendary Adam L. G. Nevill. Edited by A. A. Medina, Dustin Schyler Yoak and Chris Martin and with glorious cover art by Russell Dongjun Lu, this is something you’ll want to check out.
Click here to pick up your copy.
After something of a hiatus over here on the site, I have some news of new releases. First up is that a story of mine – ‘The Waiting Game’ – has been included in the latest issue of Aphotic Realm magazine. In this issue, subtitled ‘Fangs,’ all of the included stories will include fanged creatures. Think dogs, wolves, rats, bats and more besides. My story is a revenge tale with a difference. I won’t yet reveal which species of fanged fiend I included in ‘The Waiting Game.’
The magazine will be released on March 15th and pre-orders will open soon. In the same issue, as shown on the image below, there are stories from a host of talented writers, including Joanna Koch, Christopher Stanley and S. J. Budd, as well as a feature interview with the incredible Adam G. Nevill. This is a magazine that I’ve long wanted to be a part of, so I’m delighted to see it happening.
While details are still being worked out, I have signed a contract for a novelette to be released as a standalone title, as part of Demain Publishing’s ‘Short Sharp Shocks’ range. The first wave of this series emerged just this week, with a host of excellent writers, including Stephanie Ellis and Dean M. Drinkel, who heads up the imprint, among others. My story is a work of folk horror and there will be a cover reveal in due course.
Edited by John Baltisberger and released through his Madness Heart Press imprint, Creeping Corruption is an anthology of horror stories focussed on the idea of corruption itself and its irrepressible spread. This corruption is manifest in the physical, as in my story, ‘Contaminated’ – about a species of mould that willfully consumes everything before it – to the psychological corruption of the mind, to financial and political corruption, eating at the heart of society.
As part of the promotional efforts to get the word out about this anthology, I will be participating in my first podcast interview, about what inspired the story and more, besides. More information on that when I have it and, in the meantime, you can buy your copy of Creeping Corruption, here.
2019 is off to a flyer, with this first release of the year, Terror Politico, released by the excellent people at Scary Dairy Press. Edited by Broos Campbell and Cin Ferguson, this anthology takes an irreverent look at the politics of today – often the politics of fear – and uses the lenses of science-fiction, horror, bizarro and other genres to do so.
My story, ‘No Such Thing As A Free Lunch,’ takes the case of a businessman-turned-politician in the USA, who claims to be there to help the little man, while the reality is something altogether more sinister. No prizes for guessing who might have inspired the story.
While the story is set in the US, the themes, both in my story and in the anthology overall, are evident in much of the world today, where consideration, nuance and the greater good are being sidelined by populists in exchange for buzz words and scapegoats.
I do hope you will check the anthology out. It is only available in paperback at this stage, but a kindle edition is coming very soon and 10% of all proceeds go to the UNIDOS Disaster Relief and Recovery Program, to help the residents of Puerto Rico, who are still suffering immensely from the after effects of Hurricane Maria.
Pick up your copy here.