*** 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.
I’m thrilled to announce that my story: ‘Snap’ is set to appear in the second volume of Corpus Press’ anthology series In Darkness, Delight. The first volume, Masters of Midnight, edited by Andrew Lennon and Evans Light, has been released this week, and features amazing authors, such as Josh Malerman, William Meikle, Jason Parent, Israel Finn, Joanna Koch, Billy Chizmar and many more.
The second volume, Creatures of the Night, also edited by Andrew Lennon and Evans Light, will be released on 5 August and comes with an equally stellar line-up of writers, including Josh Malerman (Bird Box), Jeff Strand (Wolf Hunt), Richard Chizmar (Widow’s Point), Mary SanGiovanni (Behind the Door), Chad Lutzke (The Same Deep Water As You), Eddie Generous (Radio Run) and many more besides.
I’m extremely excited to be part of this anthology and you can pre-order your copy on Kindle today for the crazy price of £2.99 (or $3.29 in the US) or you can wait for the gorgeously realised hardback and paperback editions, pre-orders for which will be coming soon.
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.