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.

*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.

Happy Book Birthday to The Balance & Thanks

The Balance Cover High QualitySo, 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.