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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.

 

 

Shapes in the Static

BS53coverTerror Tales of the Scottish Highlands gets a decent write-up in the latest issue of Black Static (#53), and you can find the relevant review excerpt concerning my contribution via the Reviews tab above.

To read the full review (along with a whole host of excellent stories as well), subscriptions can be obtained from the TTA shop.

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Sadly out of touch…

Well this is a bit embarrassing…

It seems that when I last changed my email address, I neglected to update the ‘Contact Me’ forms tab on this website, meaning that any messages sent via that page since then have been going to a no longer functioning inbox.
More importantly, it means that any competition entries submitted since 20th March have also not been received.
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Thankfully, the address is now updated, and I’m extending the competition deadline to Saturday 30th April, to give time for anyone who previously tried to submit to do so again.

Apologies for this cock-up. My fault entirely.

Normal service has now been resumed.

Competition Time!

Following on from last month’s free paperback/kindle giveaway with every newsletter sign-up on the Haunt Jaunts website, I’ve got 5 copies of the Shadow People & Cursed Objects anthology up for grabs as part of a competition this month.

To be in with a chance of getting your hands on the paperback version of the anthology, simply email me via the ‘Contact Me‘ tab (found at the top right hand side of this webpage) with the word COMPETITION at the beginning of your message, along with your answer to the following question:-

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Michael Redgrave played an unbalanced ventriloquist who believes his dummy is really alive in which classic 1945 British anthology horror film?

 

 

Please remember to include both your name and email, so that you can be contacted, should you win.

The competition closes at midnight on the night of Sunday 10th April, and winners will be notified the following day, after I draw 5 names from a perfectly ordinary, uncursed hat.

UPDATE: Deadline extended to Saturday 30th April due to total administrative cock-up. See related post.

Out of the Shadows

cmroch-72dpi-1500x20005-225x300Just a quick one to let you know that Shadow People & Cursed Objects is now available for download over at Amazon via the links below. Full pricing details are listed on the publication tab as usual. Will update with the links to the paperback once I have them. Enjoy.

Download @ Amazon.co.uk

Download @ Amazon.com

Update (2016/02/21): The paperback version of the anthology is now available via the following links:-

Buy now @ Amazon.co.uk

Buy now @ Amazon.com

For anyone wanting to find out a little more about how the anthology came into being, check out Courtney’s press release here.

Shadow Peephole and Release Dates

Have just received the final details from HauntJaunts for the Shadow People & Cursed Objects anthology:-

  • The Kindle version will be going live on 1st February.
  • The print version is currently slightly delayed, but the aim is to have it available within another 10-14 days.

In the meantime, Ken Teutsch, one of the authors in the anthology, has put together this funky little trailer to whet your appetites for the book’s imminent arrival:-

Horror in the UK

The website for the recently formed UK chapter of the Horror Writers Association is now up and running, link for which can be found here, as well as in the links list on the LHS of this page. Authors Marie O’Regan and Paul Kane will be taking on the roles of co-chairs for the new chapter, and a meeting is planned for some point in the New Year.

In the meantime, there’s a News page set up on the new site, to keep everyone up to date with all things horror, including new releases from members.

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The Twelve Days of Dismemberment

For those of you who like your Christmas a little more macabre than most, here’s a little something to keep you in the horror spirit over the festive season:-

The Twelve Days of Dismemberment

On the first day of Christmas, my true love’s stalker sent by mail …
A ransom note written in blood.

(Not being rich or serious folks,
We paid it no heed and thought it a hoax.)

On the twelfth day of Christmas, he sent her back to me…
Twelve clumps of hair,
Eleven yards of skin (freshly flayed)
Ten sautéed toes,
Nine gnawed at fingers,
Eight extracted molars,
Seven threads of sinew,
Six pints of blood,
One finger through a wedding ring,
Four hacked off limbs,
Three bones with no marrow,
Two jellied eyes,
And her severed head in a box.

Cursed Contents

Haunt Jaunts have now released the Table of Contents for their upcoming Shadow People & Cursed Objects anthology, which you can find below. After a couple of reschedulings, the book is currently due out on 1st February next year, and you can find all the latest updates on the project over at the relevant page on the Haunt Jaunts website, here.

  1. Alice J. Black – “The Busby Chair”
  2. Carl Barker – “Murder for Dummies”
  3. Ken Teutsch – “The Storm on Promised Land Road”
  4. S. Mickey Lin – “Lady Winter’s Mirror”
  5. Sean Ealy – “Fatty and the Nothing Man”
  6. Keith Karabin – “The South Will Rise Again”
  7. Bary Charman – “The Black Flowers”
  8. Evan Dicken – “Doomsday, Every Night at Five”
  9. Emerian Rich – “Bye, Bye, Blackbird”
  10. C. Le Mroch – “The Gypsy’s Curse”
  11. C. Le Mroch – “Comeuppance”
  12. C. Le Mroch – “Pedro”
  13. C. Le Mroch – “The Mannequin in the Middle of the Road”