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Of Gods and Monsters

The Autumn edition of The Colored Lens is now available to download from Amazon, and features my SF story, “神の狩人 (Kami No Kariudo)“.

Those of you familiar with my work will know that sci-fi is an arena I don’t stray into too often, so it’s always gratifiying to see one of these pieces get published.

You can order the latest edition via the following downloads for a very reasonably priced £3.67 / $4.99:-

Amazon.co.uk

Amazon.com

All wrapped up

Acceptances once again prove to be like buses this month, with a second story sign-up following close on the heels of last week’s good news.

This time round, I’m delighted to announce that my short story ‘Aleiodes‘ will be featuring in Terror-Tree‘s ‘Mummy Knows Best‘ anthology, due out this Autumn.

Having set out to come up with something a bit left-field on this one, I’m quite pleased with the end result and am looking forward to seeing it in print.

Fingers crossed the anthology will be launching at this year’s Fantasycon down in Peterborough, and I’ll share more details when they become available nearer the time. Until then, here’s a peek at the draft cover art which, as you may have already guessed, makes it clear that we’re not talking about the maternal instincts here.

 

 

Through a Lens, darkly

Just heard that my short story, “神の狩人 (Kami No Kariudo)“, has been accepted by The Colored Lens for publication in their Fall issue.

For those of you who don’t read Japanese (or use Google Translate), you’ll just have to wait and see what this one’s about in a couple of months time.

As always more details to come, nearer the time.

Huge thanks to Megan Manson for all her help with correcting my Japanese on this one.

The Hat Has Landed

 

Ladies and gentlemen, drum-roll please, as the hardcover version of Parlour Tricks is now available to order from Amazon.co.uk / Amazon.com, priced at a very reasonable £20/$26. Stocks will be available shortly as we’re all just awaiting the first deliveries from the printers.

The book will also be on sale directly from Parallel Universe‘s purchase page, as well as listed with Barnes & Noble and Wordery soon. I’ll add links for all of these as soon as they become available.

Many thanks to both David Riley and Luke Spooner for all their hard word in making this happen, and to David especially for agreeing to publish the collection in the first place.

 

Devil worshippers stalk the ageing boards of Blackpool Pier, a scrap-yard automaton devours the souls of lost children, and a murderous priest hunts an ancient she-demon through the streets of New York.

A selection of horror stories to chill the blood, featuring revenant felines, garbage-eating clairvoyants, flesh-eating magpies and a severed head with murder in mind.

Pulled out of the hat

With less than a month to go before the release of my debut collection from Parallel Universe Publications, I can at last reveal the extemely cool artwork for the upcoming hardcover:-

The awesome image is by Luke Spooner and you can find more of his fantastic work over at his website – Carrion House .

The book is now on its way to the printers and will be released at some point during August, initially as a hardcover version, retailing at £20.

I’ll add tons more details here and on the publications tab as we get nearer to launch date.

 

 

Visions of the Future

Those awesome chaps over at Indie Authors Press have recently revealed the below draft cover for their upcoming sci-fi anthology, Issues of Tomorrow, which features my short story ‘Broken Machines‘.

Due out in the latter half of this year, the anthology is currently slated for a July/August release window. Of course if this changes, I’ll post another update then. In the meantime, enjoy the suitably dark and moody artwork.

Title Reveal

As the cat is now unofficially out of the bag from Parallel Universe Publications via social media, I can now reveal that the title of my forthcoming 2017 story collection will be Parlour Tricks.

Everything’s currently still proceeding on schedule, with just the cover left to complete, so I should hopefully have release dates and other news to share with you all fairly soon…

Could it be Magic?

BIG NEWS on the acceptance front this month, with the confirmation that my debut short story collection will be published by Parallel Universe Publications at some point in early 2017.

Other than a vague hint given by the title of this post, I’m not going to give you any further clues as to the book’s title for now, but suffice to say its contents are drawn from the last few years of my work and will also contain a number of new pieces as well.

The final edit is being worked on at the moment, after which there’s the possiblity of a cover being created by an award-winning artist too, so as you can imagine I’m currently pretty stoked.

More details to follow as we progress further through the preparation, but for now, here’s to a potentially fun start to next year 🙂

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The 13 Tales of Terror Pick a Chapter Contest

skellie-spaco-2Those spooky folks over at HauntJaunts.net do love a good competition, and for the entertainment portion of their Halloween 2016 festivities this year, they’re treating you to a reading from their anthology, Shadow People and Cursed Objects: 13 Tales of Terror Based on True Stories…or are they?, which included my story, ‘Murder For Dummies‘.

Entrants are asked to pick which one of the thirteen stories they’d like to hear read over Facebook Live on October 31st, and will automatically be entered into a draw to win the below prize pack:-

  • A complimentary copy of SPACO (your choice of Kindle or paperback)
  • A $10 Amazon gift card
  • A Haunt Jaunts pen

The competition is open until October 30, 2016 11:59 p.m. Central (US), and you find all the details here.

 

UPDATE:

Well the votes are all in and looks like Murder For Dummies won the Pick a Chapter contest over at HauntJaunts Halloween Party last night with a sizeable margin.

Big thanks to all of you who voted.

For those interested, and to find out if you win the prize draw (for those who voted), tune into Haunt Jaunts Facebook live feed this evening (Monday 31st October) at 7pm GMT to hear the winning stories being read out, followed by the prize draw.

HAPPY HALLOWEEN!!

Tomorrow is another day

It’s been a wee while, what with one thing and another, but received some exciting publication news through this week. issuesprepic

My SF piece ‘Broken Machines‘ has been accepted by Indie Authors Press for inclusion in their upcoming 2017 anthology, ‘Issues of Tomorrow‘.

The anthology centres on the question of what issues/things will change our society in the future, for better or worse, and looks set to be a real “what if” style collection.

Science-fiction is something I don’t dabble in too often, and as this will be only my second foray into the genre as an outright theme, I’m looking forward to seeing how it turns out.

Publication is currently slated for 2017 and as always, I’ll update you all once I get further details nearer the time.