Saturday, September 15, 2018

Scenes of Mild Peril

I've been absolutely rubbish at keeping this blog updated, so I'll make up for it now with some bumper news.
Firstly, I'm incredibly pleased to be able to announce the release of "Scenes of Mild Peril", my new short story collection from Stitched Smile. It's the culmination of three years of hard work, and it's by far my best work to date. Thirty brand new stories and poems; horror, science fiction, satire.
It'll shortly be available in good old-fashioned physical form for the squirrel-haters amongst you, but for the time being is available in a stupidly wide variety of electronic formats - just click here
Buy it, support it, share the news, read it, review it – I'd love to hear what you think of it. I couldn't be happier with how this has turned out, and I hope you enjoy it too.
Secondly, another of my stories - Red Sky at Night - has been publised in the newly released Under the Weather from Burdizzo Books. It's in some fine company in this 15 story weather themed anthology with tales by C.H. Baum, Paul M. Feeney, Peter Germany (my brother from another mother), Paul Hiscock, Dave Jeffery, James Jobling, Lex H. Jones, Kitty Kane, Christopher Law, Adam Millard, Dale Robertson, Nathan Robinson, Phil Sloman and Mark Woods. 
And finally, a brief plug for my fellow Burdizzo stablemate Jonathan Butcher and my wife - Jonathan's uncompromising horror novel What Good Girls Do is now available as an audiobook, narrated by Tara. It's available from Amazon, by clicking here.

Thursday, May 31, 2018

Visions from the Void

June the 1st sees the release of "Visions From The Void", the new anthology from Burdizzo books. Available in both paperback and for the Kindle, it's an anthology of twelve tales, each inspired by an individual and unique piece of Op-art.

I was honoured to be asked to take part, especially amongst such esteemed company, and it promises to be a really interesting read.  Those involved were challenged to come up with something outside of their typical genre, and I'm genuinely intrigued to see what everybody else has come up with.

These are the authors and their slices of surrealism;

Kayleigh Marie Edwards – Shut Up and Dance
Adam Millard – Checkmate
Emma Dehaney – Ten-Minute Warning
John McNee – Uncommon Time
Paula D. Ashe – Exile in Extremis
Kit Power – The Prickles
Jonathan Butcher – The Jazziverse
Lydian Faust – Third-Eye
David Court – Brother, Can You Spare a Paradigm?
J. G. Clay – The Cruellest Gift
Duncan P. Bradshaw – It Sucks When You’re All Seeds and No Feathers
Matthew Cash – Grotto

The link to buy can be found here - you won't be disappointed!

ThIs Is NoT a NoRmAl AnThOlOgY…
If you are expecting a neat, predictable set of stories TURN BACK NOW
If you want horror but hate bizarro or getting “the feels” THEN STEP AWAY
This collection of tales is what happens when one man’s art meets 12 authors fiction, and when writers are free to ignore their genre of choice and typical story conventions.
12 eye-challenging op-art designs were used to inspire these 12 mind-bending stories, which contain everything from futuristic sci-fi to fantastical comedy, and heartfelt life musings to near-cosmic nihilism.
This is VISIONS FROM THE VOID

Thursday, March 1, 2018

"It's Marshmallow time!"

Hi, all! Hope you're all good. An update is well overdue, so let me bring you up to speed with a couple of projects I've been working on.

Stitched Smile Magazine

We are here for the horror connoisseur, serving up the very best dishes of the strange, the frightening, and the horrifically beautiful. It’s sixty-four full color pages crammed to busting with work by supremely talented authors, poets, and artists! Dark twisting tales, full page art work, and in depth interviews, reviews, and articles, are sure to delight even the harshest of critics.

The first issue of this is now available. It's a fine body of work that I'm pleased to be a part of, and features a wide variety of original fiction, reviews, articles, poetry and art from the talents of A.J. Brown, Andrew Robertson, Eric Snelleman, David Owain Hughes, James Matthew Byers, Jason Morton, Lance Fling, Larissa Bennett, Lisa Vasquez, Mike Lane, Michaline Slemp, Martin Spernau, Nev Murray, Pawel Latkoski, Reed Novotny, SISU and Veronica Smith. 

The magazine features a brand new story from myself, "Our Elegant Decay", which is a dark tale of botany and betrayal.

There are more details about it here, and you can buy a Kindle or physical copy of it from here. MF Wahl has done a great job on it and it's an awesome read, and hopefully there will be many more to follow.

Stitched Saturday

I curate* the Stitched Saturday page over on the Stitched Smile Blog. I post up an inspirational picture at the start of the month, and I encourage authors to write something based on the image. The added bonus of it going forwards is that we're planning on collecting the best of them for a Halloween anthology, and any authors chosen will be paid $10.00 and get an electronic copy of the finished collection. If you're of an artistic bent, go and have a look!

* - Do some stuff on

Declaration of Independents

Coventry visionary Rees Finlay (writer and artist behind the excellent and previously reviewed Blue Flame) has a wonderful regular Podcast called "The Declaration of Independents".  It's a celebration of independent creativity, and every week he interviews writers, artists and the like. He interviewed me for it a couple of weeks ago, and it's now edited and up online for your (dubious) delectation and delight.

Amongst other things we discussed our mutual love for ikea plush sharks, we put the world to rights politically (you're welcome), I related the story of how Alan Moore told me to fuck off, and we found out just how many marshmallows I could fit in my mouth. (Spoiler: It wasn't many).

It's can be found here on that YouTube malarkey, here on iTunes and here on soundcloud. Pretty much every format except for 8-track and Fisher Price My First Record Player.

Please give it a listen, give it a rating (a good one, preferably) and, if you enjoy it, pop him a couple of quid to support Rees in his endeavours.

Other stuff

Scenes of Mild Peril now has a wonderful cover courtesy of the talents of SISU, and is the final touches of editing. so will hopefully be released very soon. I have a couple of stories that are due to appear in forthcoming anthologies, more details of which as I know them.

Also, I've finally got around to updating my publication history, if you fancy a look.

Anyway, thanks for reading - take care, and I'll have more news for you soon! Do try and check out some of the links above.

Sunday, October 22, 2017

Sparks - It's Alive!!!


Yesterday saw the release party for Sparks at Southcart Books in Walsall. If you haven't been following my facebook page, Sparks is an electricity themed horror anthology where all the proceeds will be going to Resources for Autism, an incredibly worthy cause.

It's available on Amazon (click here for the link) and features a veritable wealth of talent including Emma Dehaney, Matthew Cash, Mark Cassell, Calum Chambers, Pippa Bailey, Betty Breen, Peter Germany, Lex Jones, Christopher Law, Dani Brown, G.H. Finn, C.H. Baum, Ash Hartwell and yours truly.

It was a great day; there were readings, and also - crucially - sausage rolls and twiglets.  Here's wishing every success to the book, and that it does some good for a great cause. The reviews coming in are really good, and Matthew and Emma should be very proud of themselves for having put together such a great collection.

I read the opening segments from my contribution to the book - a twisted little tale called Power Trip.  Said video can be found by clicking here, should you so wish!





Friday, August 11, 2017

Tales to Terrify - Let It Cry

Very pleased to announce that my story "Let It Cry" is featured on the 289th edition of the Tales to Terrify podcast.

"Let it Cry" is one of the stories from the forthcoming "Scenes of Mild Peril", my next anthology of short stories to be released by the awesome Stitched Smile Publications.  It's a favourite of mine, and was inspired by a trip around haunted and macabre spots located in and around Dublin. It's the first every story of mine that has involved any actual historical research!  Click here to give it a listen.

Tales to Terrify is a Hugo nominated weekly horror podcast that's been going since January 2012. Some notable authors featured on it include Christoper Fowler, Steven King, Joe R Lansdale, Stephen Volk and Kim Newman.

If you've found your way through to here via Tales to Terrify and you like what you've heard, why not follow me on Facebook and Twitter? Cheers!

#StayStitched

Thursday, June 15, 2017

Cladded

Part of Londons burning,
the heart of Londons burning
in a building which
now serves as little more
than a pretty pyre
for the rich.

RIP