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, Aliceand Steve Stred, whose releases this year include Of Witchesand Scott: A Wagon Buddy Tale.
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.
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.
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.
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.
I’m delighted to share my creepy tale, ‘Lost and Found,’ with you, courtesy of the amazing people over at Hawk and Cleaver’s The Other Stories podcast. It’s the fourth entry in their ‘Remote places’ theme, which has featured some fantastic, scary tales. Here’s the log line:
When Sadie goes off hiking in the heart of the wilderness, Gemma seizes the opportunity to unwind with a raft of movies and bubbly. When she doesn’t come back and a storm rolls in though, Gemma begins to fear the worst.
When writing this one, it was all about the atmosphere, trying to capture the isolation of the forest. I hope I got it right.