New Audio Story – ‘A Precious Quarry’ – Free on Tales to Terrify

I’m thrilled to announce that my story, ‘A Precious Quarry’ is the feature story on today’s Tales to Terrify. This story is a sci-fi horror piece, set on an experimental mining vessel sent out to drill precious minerals from huge lumps of space rock in the asteroid belt of our solar system. Let’s just hope that when such projects start to come to fruition in reality over the next few years, things don’t go as badly as they do for the crew of the Pegasus.

This story was written in 2018 and found its first home in Things in the Well’s superb sci-fi horror anthology, Beyond the Infinite: Tales from the Outer Reaches. Getting a slot in this anthology was a bit of a dream for me, as it meant my story sat side by side with masters of horror, like Ramsey Campbell and Brian Lumley, as well as H. G. Wells – a sci-fi legend from the town where I grew up.

But enough blathering from me, check out the story for free, below and I hope you enjoy it – Let me know in the comments or on Twitter!

Staring into the Abyss

No, I’m not feeling glum. Quite the contrary, as the writing has picked up and I can see my holiday just over the hill in front of me after a long year.

Staring into the Abyss because I was fortunate enough to be invited onto the podcast of the same name, by their team of Scott Kemper, Matt Brandenburg and Michael Patrick Hicks.

The format of the show, if you don’t already know it, is that the guest chooses a short horror story to discuss with the panel. I chose a phenomenal piece called ‘Live Through This’ by the ludicrously talented Nadia Bulkin.

You may not be familiar with this story, as it has only ever been published in an anthology from Dim Shores, called Looming Low, and as we thoroughly spoil the story, I’d really recommend you pick up the anthology first, here* then listen in and see if we made of it what you did.

The chat also features a round-up of what we were all reading at the time of recording, when I was wrestling with the darkness of Ross Jeffery’s Juniper and the Staring Into The Abyss team were all at various stages of progress with Stephen King’s novella quartet, If It Bleeds.

Have a listen and tell me what you think, either at the spotify link below, or wherever you get your podcasts.

https://open.spotify.com/episode/0k68WUd98EaXaaNa9tusnt?si=tnBT-VaCQliF7LSfrf_SlA

*You won’t be sorry if you do pick this up. There are other stories in there by Gemma Files, Brian Evenson, Michael Griffin, Betty Rocksteady, Damien Angelica Walters, Kristi DeMeester, Michael Cisco and I could go on. Seriously, it’s astounding. You can read my 2017 This is Horror review of the book, here.

New audio story, ‘Lost and Found,’ available now on The Other Stories

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I’m delighted to share my creepy tale, ‘Lost and Found,’ with you, courtesy of the amazing people over at Hawk and Cleaver’s The Other Stories podcast. It’s the fourth entry in their ‘Remote places’ theme, which has featured some fantastic, scary tales. Here’s the log line:

When Sadie goes off hiking in the heart of the wilderness, Gemma seizes the opportunity to unwind with a raft of movies and bubbly. When she doesn’t come back and a storm rolls in though, Gemma begins to fear the worst.

When writing this one, it was all about the atmosphere, trying to capture the isolation of the forest. I hope I got it right.

Leave your opinion in the comments, or tweet me: @lisboetaingles

To listen, click the image above, listen on Spotify, below, or search for The Other Stories in your podcatcher.

New free audio story ‘The Solstice,’ available now on Hawk and Cleaver’s The Other Stories Podcast

TheSolsticeOne 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:

 

New free audio story – ‘Afraid Of My Own Shadow’ now on Tales to Terrify

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*** 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.