So, today’s the day. The Balance is out! Seeing my book out there in the world, two and a half years after I first wrote ‘The end’ is a surreal feeling. But a satisfying one. Early reviews have been really positive and, while no book is ever going to be for everyone, I’m pleased it’s resonated with some of the readers who’ve read it to date.
As is the way with life, nothing is without its little hitches. Amazon delisted the release, two days before launch without any real explanation as to why. So, if you want to get hold of it and can’t wait for Amazon to sort themselves out, you can pick it up direct from the publisher, in eBook format here, audiobook here & paperback (in North America), here. Until May 4th, both eBook and audiobook can be picked up with 50% off, using the promo code StayAtHome .
If you do pick it up and check it out, please do leave an honest review on goodreads and/or amazon. It makes a world of difference. Aside from that, leave me a comment here on the website, or tweet me. I’d love to hear how you get on with it.
Finally, I just wanted to say a massive thank you to everyone in the horror community who has helped me to promote the release. To Kendall Reviews and the Gingernuts of Horror as well as S.J. Budd and Aphotic Realm, for hosting early reviews. To Sci-fi and Scary and Janine’s Ghost Stories for having me on for some really thoughtful interviews, to the fantastic writer Dave Jeffrey for his dream-come-true blurb of the book, to the Staring into the Abyss podcast team and just to anyone that has retweeted, shared or talked about The Balance to anyone. I try to thank everyone, but if I’ve missed you, THANK YOU so very much.
Now, it’s back to work on the new novel.
My first ever solo release, Cinders of a Blind Man Who Could See, put out by the fabulous people at Demain Publishing, is now available in Paperback. With the original release almost a year ago now (its book birthday is less than three weeks away at the time of writing this post!), we wanted the paperback to be a bit special. So, having talked to Dean at Demain, we decided we would include a brand new, unpublished story, just for readers who pick up the paperback.
The story, ‘All My Bridges Burnt,’ is a very different sort of tale from ‘Cinders…’ It’s fast-paced and action-packed, and was based on a real-world urban legend of a haunting on the road in New Jersey, USA. It was great fun, reading up on the differing accounts of how the ghost-child manifests and then looking at the lay of the land on google maps and street view to get a sense of the geography.
I only hope that this bonus story is as well received as ‘Cinders…’ has been over the past year.
So, if you haven’t picked up Cinders of a Blind Man Who Could See yet, there’s never been a better time to do so. Order your copy here.
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.