*** 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:
Happy Monday to you, folks, and here is news of a new story, written for The Other Stories, from Hawk and Cleaver. ‘Suppression’ is a story of dystopian terror, imagining the world in a not so distant future, where your genes may have consequences far beyond your propensity for disease, etc.
In this story, the excellent Persephone Rose delivers all the urgency I’d intended for the tale and more, while the sound effects employed by H&C’s production team help bring the tale vividly to life.
I hope you enjoy it. Listen to ‘Suppression’ by clicking here or on the image, above.
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.
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.