Released yesterday, 14 January, was Strange Stories Volume 1, the first in a new bi-annual series of fantastical, pulpy stories from Forty-Two Books. Edited by Daniel Cureton, the anthology is available in paperback and hardback editions only at the time of writing and weighs in at more than six hundred pages, across forty-eight stories.
Among them is my story, ‘The Dry Flood,’ a story set in Valencia, Spain and inspired by the tragic events of the great Turia flood which occurred there in the 1950s.
The story finds police detective Rodrigo Lopez facing up to a repeat of his only ever unsolved case – one which defies logic and points to something very strange happening, in modern-day Valencia.
I hope readers will enjoy it. The protagonist, in particular, is one of my favourite characters I’ve ever written.
You can grab your copy, here.
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.
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.
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.