Two and a bit years ago, when I started taking this writing thing seriously (after a lifetime of being a wannabe writer but never putting the work in!) I wrote some terrible stories, some mediocre stories and some that floated between the two.
Then, I wrote ‘Warding.’
I think every writer has that first piece that they write and think: “Okay, I’m onto something here.”
‘Warding’ was mine.
Written off the back of seeing the compelling submission call for Below the Stairs: Tales from the Cellar, I submitted the story and – in spite of the length of the tale (around eleven thousand words) – Steve Dillon of Things in the Well opted to take a chance on me and my tale.
And that was my first step toward being a ‘real’ writer.
I’m still new. Still learning all the time. Still improving. But still proud of ‘Warding’, too.
As such, I commissioned a piece of cover art, by Graphics in Design and set about writing some author notes and a short introduction so that, two years later, I could get ‘Warding’ back out into the world.
So here it is, for just 99p/99¢ or a similarly low price, depending upon your territory as well as being available for FREE on Kindle unlimited. I hope you enjoy it.
Get your copy here.
One of the things I love to do in my fiction is to use real-world folklore as inspiration, conjuring something dark and exciting from it.
This new story, ‘The Solstice,’ is a particular thrill for me, as it’s set in Portugal, my adopted home nation and uses folklore from the north of the country as the backdrop.
The masks described in the story, and the purpose for which they’re made, are still relevant today in the Tras-Os-Montes region of the country. I’d love to know what you think of it.
You can listen in the sidebar, below or wherever you listen to podcasts:
*** Trigger warning – This story contains scenes of violence and gore that some listeners may find difficult ***
I’m delighted to announce that my story, ‘Afraid Of My Own Shadow’ has been published today on Tales To Terrify.
This is a story that had a complicated evolution and was actually written twice, once from the perspective of the ‘monster’ as it happened and the other time as it appears here, as a police interview, recounting the events.
My wonderful beta readers unanimously preferred this version, as it ratcheted up the curiosity about the events and the ambiguous nature of what had happened. I hope you enjoy it!
In the same episode, you will also hear Gertrude Atherton’s ‘The Striding Place.’ Listen now, below.
On Thursday, I had the pleasure of chatting with John Baltisberger on his podcast, Madness Heart Radio.
On the show, we talked about my story, ‘Contaminated,’ in Madness Heart Press’ first anthology Creeping Corruption, along with my novelette, Cinders of a Blind Man Who Could See and my story, ‘Snap’ in the new In Darkness, Delight: Creatures of the Night anthology.
We also got into talking about living in different parts of the world and the effect that has had on me as a person and on my writing, as well as how running, walking and fishing are so compatible with the writing process.
Check it out:
Today marks my work’s return to Hawk and Cleaver’s outstanding The Other Stories podcast. Titled ‘Haldjas,’ this story is based on Estonian folklore. People already familiar with my work will know that I love to write in diverse settings and, as with my story ‘The Fourth Wall’ in Lost Films and my upcoming novella, The Balance, the lore and setting of eastern Europe particularly resonates with me, as well as always providing plenty of potential for scares.
Check out the story ‘Haldjas,’ free here or in the sidebar.