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.
The annual charity ‘Deathlehem’ anthology is out now from Grinning Skull Press and features my story ‘A Christmas Eve Visitor,’ which was previously unavailable in print.
This year’s entry, A Tree Lighting in Deathlehem, features the gruesomely brilliant cover you see above, and has work by Dave Jeffrey, Rose Blackthorn, Christopher Stanley and many more excellent writers of horror and dark fiction. Edited by Michael J. Evans and Harrison Graves, proceeds from the anthology will go to The Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation.
If you’d like some Christmas-themed scares in your life, and would like to help this excellent cause at the same time, pick up your copy of the Kindle edition right now, here or wait a few more days and snag the paperback.
Available now from Hellbound Books is the new anthology, Ghosts, Spirits and Specters, featuring my story ‘The Kiss of a Phantom’. Edited by Xtina Marie and featuring stories by T. Fox Dunham, Sarah Cannavo and Eric Nash, among others, there are eighteen stories of paranormal terror in this new anthology.
‘The Kiss of a Phantom’ finds a man called Daniel staying at an old, regal hotel which has seen better days, looking to get away from it all after a difficult break up. But he soon discovers that there are older things than art deco furniture present there.
Check out my story and seventeen others on your Kindle here or in paperback 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.