New story ‘Contaminated’ out now in Madness Heart Press’ Creeping Corruption anthology

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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.

First release of the year – in Terror Politico from Scary Dairy Press

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.

Christmas Horror, Frankenstein Comes to Life and my First Novella

Yesterday saw the release of my Christmas story, ‘A Christmas Eve Visitor’ on The Other Stories podcast. It’s a delightfully unpleasant tale for those who like their Christmas with a dose of dark humbug.

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In other news, We Shall Be Monsters: Frankenstein Two Hundred Years On has been given the go ahead for release at the end of this month. I can’t confirm the exact date yet, but this anthology of fiction, essays, poetry and more besides, inspired by Mary Shelley’s timeless classic is so beautifully stitched together (pun intended) and my story in it, ‘Muscle Memory,’ is one of the pieces I’m most proud of in my short time writing. Keep up with it here.

Finally and perhaps most exciting of all, this week I put a contract in the post for my first novella. I can’t talk much about it now, as details are still being finalised, but it contains folklore and supernatural elements. I’m hoping it will be launched in early 2019. More news as I have it.

Listen now – Free new audio story on The Other Stories podcast

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When I started writing seriously in 2016, I never imagined I’d be introducing a story I could legitimately describe as a dystopian sci-fi horror battlefield ghost story, yet here we are. That is exactly how I would describe my newest published story: ‘All In Your Heads?’ featured today on Hawk & Cleaver’s excellent, The Other Stories podcast, as part of their war season.

So, what are you waiting for? Listen now.

A Bit of News – At Last

Lately, things have been immensely quiet on this site. Since the launch of the amazing Lost Films, all of my other projects have been ‘in-progress,’ with no real end product to share with you all. But, with halloween just around the corner, things are about to get busy again.

Releasing any time now is Terror Politico, from Scary Dairy Press. There are so many great stories here and mine, ‘No Such Thing As A Free Lunch’ is perhaps one of the most disturbing I’ve written. I hope you’ll check it out and enjoy it. It’s a political horror release (the clue is in the title) and it’s hoped that the stories there are ones that will make readers think every bit as much as they shock and scare.

After this, I’m happy to say my first ever YA release is coming in the November issue of Frostfire Worlds, the YA speculative fiction magazine from Alban Lake Publishing. More news on that at launch. My story is ‘Your Blue Friend,’ a supernatural tale involving Egyptian ‘ushabtis’ and cosmic horror.

This week, I also sent back the final, approved version of my story, ‘Muscle Memory,’ a story set in a hospital that I don’t want to reveal more about, for Renaissance Press’ We Shall Be Monsters anthology of work inspired by the two-hundred year-old classic, Frankenstein. I can tell you that the proof I have seen of this book looks so gorgeous, you are not going to want to miss it.

A new release has also hit the shelves this week, in the form of The Horror Tree’s Trembling with Fear: Year One anthology, which features hundreds of short stories and drabbles by a wide variety of authors. My story, ‘The Long Road to Immortality’ is a chilling reference to the world of instant celebrity through technology and how it, sometimes, can bite back.

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These releases are very exciting but, perhaps most exciting of all is the supernatural horror novel which I am currently working on, set in a long-abandoned mining community, where a man is looking to rehabilitate his family’s past with dark, unforeseen consequences. I’m aiming to finish the manuscript this year and to start shopping it to agents and publishing houses in 2019.

Finally, I have just sold two more stories this week. One, a dark sci-fi short will be featured on a well known podcast, while the other, a classic horror tale, will be featured in an anthology in 2019. More news on both, as and when possible.