Just a quick update to say that my story, ‘The Waiting Game,’ is available now in the sixth issue of Aphotic Realm magazine. Subtitled Fangs, every story in this magazine concerns some kind of sharp toothed creature. The magazine features stories by myself, Christopher Stanley, Joanna Koch, Michael Carter, Chris Martin, S. J. Budd, Kenneth Tilford and Tom Over. It also features a comic by Marcello Bondi, non-fiction by Toni Miller and an interview on how to make a monster, with the legendary Adam L. G. Nevill. Edited by A. A. Medina, Dustin Schyler Yoak and Chris Martin and with glorious cover art by Russell Dongjun Lu, this is something you’ll want to check out.
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.
2019 is off to a flyer, with this first release of the year, Terror Politico, released by the excellent people at Scary Dairy Press. Edited by Broos Campbell and Cin Ferguson, this anthology takes an irreverent look at the politics of today – often the politics of fear – and uses the lenses of science-fiction, horror, bizarro and other genres to do so.
My story, ‘No Such Thing As A Free Lunch,’ takes the case of a businessman-turned-politician in the USA, who claims to be there to help the little man, while the reality is something altogether more sinister. No prizes for guessing who might have inspired the story.
While the story is set in the US, the themes, both in my story and in the anthology overall, are evident in much of the world today, where consideration, nuance and the greater good are being sidelined by populists in exchange for buzz words and scapegoats.
I do hope you will check the anthology out. It is only available in paperback at this stage, but a kindle edition is coming very soon and 10% of all proceeds go to the UNIDOS Disaster Relief and Recovery Program, to help the residents of Puerto Rico, who are still suffering immensely from the after effects of Hurricane Maria.
Pick up your copy here.
Yesterday saw the release of my Christmas story, ‘A Christmas Eve Visitor’ on The Other Stories podcast. It’s a delightfully unpleasant tale for those who like their Christmas with a dose of dark humbug.
In other news, We Shall Be Monsters: Frankenstein Two Hundred Years On has been given the go ahead for release at the end of this month. I can’t confirm the exact date yet, but this anthology of fiction, essays, poetry and more besides, inspired by Mary Shelley’s timeless classic is so beautifully stitched together (pun intended) and my story in it, ‘Muscle Memory,’ is one of the pieces I’m most proud of in my short time writing. Keep up with it here.
Finally and perhaps most exciting of all, this week I put a contract in the post for my first novella. I can’t talk much about it now, as details are still being finalised, but it contains folklore and supernatural elements. I’m hoping it will be launched in early 2019. More news as I have it.
I am beyond excited to announce that Lost Films, the new dark and weird fiction anthology from Perpetual Motion Machine Publishing is now available for pre-order.
Coming in August, this anthology features some of the authors whose work I’ve been devouring for years and I’m humbled to be featured in such esteemed company. Pre-order your copy from PMMP right now.