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”
New Haunts

Just heard that my story “Murder For Dummies‘ has been accepted for inclusion in the upcoming inaugural anthology from the Haunt Jaunts travel website, due out at the beginning of February 2016.

For those interested in visiting haunted buildings and locations, Haunt Jaunts functions as a dark travel guide of sorts, providing information and guides to a variety of paranormal hot spots around the globe, as well as collecting first hand accounts from those in the know.

The anthology collects together 13 terrifying tales centred around ghosts and haunted objects, which may or may not be based on true stories.

A preview of the cover is available on the Publications tab above, and I’ll update here with more details once I have them as to where and when the book can be ‘possessed’.

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In the running

 

Great to see that The Alchemy Press Book of Urban Mythic 2 has been shortlisted in the Best Anthology category for this year’s British Fantasy Awards.BFS_Logo_red_gradient-128x300

The full details of all nominees can be found here, and winners will be announced during the Awards Ceremony which takes place on Sunday 25th October, at this year’s FantasyCon in Nottingham.

Not sure yet if I’m going to be able to attend this year’s event yet, as some substantial day job orientated changes have taken rather more of a toll on my free time than I’d expected. Hope springs eternal though, so you never know.

Good luck to Peter, Jan and everybody at Alchemy come October, and thanks again for the opportunity to contribute to Urban Mythic 2 (which if you haven’t already gone out and bought [shame!] is still available from all the usual stockists, and well worth your time and your money.

 

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Demi Double

My recent reviews of the last two books in Rod Rees’ Demi-Monde saga are now available over at the British Fantasy Society website. Links can be found here and here, as well as in the BFS tab above as usual.

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Terror set loose and TOC

As of yesterday, Terror Tales of The Scottish Highlands has been set loose upon an unsuspecting public, so I thought I’d share the table of contents for Terror Talesanyone wishing to know who the contributors are to this latest volume in the series:-

Skye’s Skary Places – Ian Hunter

Phantoms in the Mist

The Dove – Helen Grant

Prey of the Fin-Folk

Strone House – Barbara Roden

The Well of Heads

Face Down In The Earth – Tom Johnstone

The Vanishing

The Dreaming God Is Singing Where She Lies – William Meikle

The Curse of Scotlan

The Housekeeper – Rosie Seymour

From Out The Hollow Hills

The Executioner – Peter Bell

Saurians of the Deep

You Must Be Cold – John Whitbourn

Glamis Castle

The Fellow Travellers Sheila Hodgson

Daemonologie

Shelleycoat – Graeme Hurry

Evil Monsters

The Other House, The Other Voice – Craig Herbertson

The Mull Plane Mystery

Myself/Thyself – DP Watt

The Bauchan

Broken Spectres – Carl Barker

The Big Grey Man

Jack Knife – Gary Fry

Tristicloke the Wolf

The Foul Mass At Tongue House – Johnny Mains

The Drummer of Cortachy

A taste for Terror

It’s been a bit quiet on the old writing front of late, what with some sizeable changes going on in various aspects of my life. But now that I’m finally finding some time to get back into the swing of things, I’m very pleased to finally be able to announce that my story “Broken Spectres” will be appearing shortly in the Terror Tales of The Scottish Highlands anthology, edited by Paul Finch and published by Gray Friar Press later this month.

I’m a big fan of this series of location themed horror anthologies and was overjoyed to be invited by Paul to contribute to this latest release.

The Scottish Highlands are a spooky place at the best of times, offering a veritable smorgasbord of eerie locations from which to draw inspiration, and I had huge fun on this one from the first page to the last.

The anthology is out in a few weeks time and I’ll add details of where you can get hold of a copy once I know more. Until then, here’s a sneak peak at the cover art and some of the writers involved.

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UPDATE (2015/06/15): The anthology is now available for preordering @ Amazon.com / Amazon.co.uk or directly from the publisher @ Gray Friar Press.  Pricing and links also added to the Publications tab above.