New Short Story – ‘Attribution’ – on The Other Stories and Collaborative Novel Out Now

It’s been a while since I’ve posted an update here as I’ve not had anything concrete to share. The wheels have continued to turn in the background though and I’m hoping to be able to make a few more announcements in the coming weeks. For today, a new short story of mine has been put out through Hawk and Cleaver’s The Other Stories podcast. This one is their patrons-only, exclusive episode. Called ‘Attribution.’ It features a journalist at a true crime magazine who finds something unexpected in the static of his interview recording. You can check it out here by signing up to Hawk and Cleaver’s Patreon for as little as a dollar a month. Do let me know what you think in the comments or drop me a tweet @lisboetaingles on Twitter.

He Has Stayed Too Long

About eighteen months ago, the writer, editor and all round gentleman Don Gillette tweeted a completely crazy idea. What if a bunch of writers came together and wrote a collaborative horror novel, each one picking up a chapter and simply continuing where the last left off? I liked the tweet and, a few days later, Don reached out to ask me if I’d like to be involved. I was surprised but enthused and signed up, right away. Thus was born a group called ‘The Thirty’ who came together to write the novel.

Don wrote the first chapter in November 2018 and other writers such as Jonathan Janz, Mindi Snyder, Steve Stred, D. W. Gillespie, Miranda Crites, Sadie Hartmann, Chris Sorensen added their own pieces to the puzzle, with Edward Lorn closing out the book. I penned chapter fourteen.

It’s a ghost story and, as you might imagine with a cast of thirty writers adding their own chunks one after the other, it’s eclectic and full of surprises. As Don alludes to in the introduction, there might not be another novel like it-especially not in horror. If you’re keen to check it out, you can find it here.

A final Treat from the Trickster and don’t miss Curfew

I’m freshly returned from a (socially distanced) holiday in Malta and have a few projects coming to fruition. First up is my story, ‘Shaft,’ which is featured in the latest (and final) edition of Trickster’s Treats, the annual halloween, charity anthology from Things in the Well. As you may know, after putting out almost forty excellent releases over the past few years, Steve Dillon has decided to call it a day running the press, to focus more on family life and his own writing. So many people have been given a break by Steve, myself included, with my first proper sale coming for ‘Warding’ in his anthology Below the Stairs: Tales From the Cellar, you can read more about that here.

But onto Trickster’s Treats 4: Coming, Buried or Not. This anthology has been edited by Louise Zedda-Sampson and Geneve Flynn, and it was a great experience, as Things in the Well anthos usually are, with some great editing bringing the most out of my story. The story is called ‘Shaft,’ but has nothing to do with a policeman who breaks all the rules. It’s set at Stonehenge in the UK, where a circular shaft was recently discovered nearby. That news story fused with the call for the anthology and the story kind of wrote itself. There is some visceral nastiness that I think and hope readers are going to get a thrill out of.

The cover art is great and there are more than 30 stories and poems in the book, AND the proceeds are going to an amazing cause, The Indigenous Literacy Foundation. You can read about the work they’re doing, here. So if you want to read mine and a host of other tales of terror, do pick up a copy either by pre-ordering or after its release on 26th September.


Curfew is the second release of mine to come through Demain Publishing’s Short Sharp Shocks range of titles. My first one, Cinders of a Blind Man Who Could See, first saw the light of day last April and was my first solo release. I’m pleased to say that novelette is still finding new readers today and, by and large, they seem to be enjoying it.

Curfew moves away from folk horror in a sense, yet retains certain elements of it. A small community, strange practices and the main characters as outsiders all feature here. But I do feel the vibe is different from both Cinders… and The Balance. I won’t say much more, as it’s not a terribly long tale and I don’t want to spoil it. For now, it is available only in eBook format, but it will be reproduced in paperback format early in 2021, and my short story ‘Haldjas,’ which was originally produced in audio on Hawk and Cleaver’s The Other Stories podcast, will be appearing in print for the first time.

Released this Friday, 18th September, you can pre-order your copy for just £0.77 in the UK and a similarly bargain $0.99 in the US, with similar prices on Amazons worldwide. Cover art and design is once again handled by the brilliant Adrian Baldwin, and I’d love to know how you get along with it, either here, in the comments or on Twitter @lisboetaingles.

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 audio story: ‘Left Behind’ available now, FREE on The Other Stories podcast

Left Behind

Happy Monday, everyone.

My story, ‘Left Behind,’ is now available on Hawk & Cleaver’s The Other Stories podcast. Rounding off their ‘Abandoned Places’ theme, which has been packed with fantastic tales, this story imagines a future Venice, underwater, and a woman for whom the city holds a special significance, visiting with her son. But exactly what has been Left Behind?

Check it out now and tell me what you think, either in the comments or on Twitter @lisboetaingles.

Listen below on Spotify or wherever you get your podcasts.