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From The Trenches

Pleased to announce that my First World War set story, ‘Trench Monkeys‘, will feature in a new anthology from Stitched Smile Publications due out in Spring 2019, entitled ‘Tenebrous Tales‘.

As this one’s quite a way off yet, details are a bit scant at the moment, but will update site further once I know more.


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, “็ฅžใฎ็‹ฉไบบ (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.

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 ๐Ÿ™‚




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.



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’.


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.

Terror tales of the Scottish Highlands - final full cover

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

Starting the New Year at a canter

After a somewhat sparse publication schedule last year, it appears that 2015 is already shaping up to be a tad busier, with not one but three imminent publications on the horizon:-

First up, my dark fairy tale piece, ‘Who’s Afraid‘, will be appearing in Tacitus Publishing‘s inaugural ‘It’s A Grimm Life‘ anthology, currently due for arrival at the beginning of March.ย  Previously known primarily for their gaming support products and resources, this is Tacitus’ first foray into the world of anthologies via their Guilds network, so it’s great to be involved with them on this first project.

In addition to this, I’ll also be one of the contributing authors to a fairly high profile UK-based anthology, due out around roughly the same time. Other than the title of the story, I can’t tell you anything much about the project right now as I’m currently sworn to secrecy, but suffice to say, I’m a long-time fan of this series and am hugely excited to have been invited to contribute. I’ll announce more details as soon as I’m able, but for now you’ll just have to wait.

Finally, after the completion of their merger with Ragnarok Publications last year, Angelic Knight Press‘ publishing schedule will be recommencing with a glut of titles, including their long-delayed No Place Like Home anthology, which features my near-future piece ‘Lemming Revolution‘. Although a relatively new outfit, Ragnarok are definitely a small press to watch, and I predict great things from this newly-formed partnership in the months to come. To find out more about both companies, you can head over to Ragnarok’s Imprint page and check out the press announcement in full.

So that’s all the news that’s fit to print for now. 2015 is categorically up and running, so check back for further updates soon and I’ll see you around.

Love Your Craft


Am pleased to announce that my story ‘The West Dulwich Horror‘ will be included in ‘The Alchemy Press Book of Urban Mythic 2‘, due out later this year.

As you’ve probably guessed from the title, this one’s somewhat of a love letter to one of the greats of the genre and I had a huge amount of fun writing it. Hopefully you’ll have just as much fun reading it.

The book is scheduled for launch at this year’s FantasyCon, being held in York in September and all being well, I’ll be attending as well.

In the meantime, for those who can’t wait, here’s the mouth-watering Table of Contents, which can also be found over at The Alchemy Press here:-

  • Sarah Ash โ€“ La Vouivre
  • James Brogden โ€“ Avatising
  • Carl Barker โ€“ The West Dulwich Horror
  • Andrew Coulthard โ€“ Paradise Walk
  • K T Davies โ€“ For the Memory of Jane
  • Pauline E Dungate โ€“ Trapped in the Web
  • Chico Kidd โ€“ Blood*uckers
  • Tanith Lee โ€“ The Mermaid
  • Christine Morgan โ€“ High School Mythical:Asgard
  • Lou Morgan โ€“ Death and the Weaver
  • Marion Pitman โ€“ The Cupboard of Winds
  • Adrian Tchaikovsky โ€“ Where the Brass Band Plays
Just for Kicks

miseriaschoralefrontcoverteaserHave heard back this week that my short story ‘Kicks‘ has been accepted by Forgotten Tomb Press to be included in their second planned anthology, ‘Miseria’s Chorale Volume 1‘, due out in the next couple of months.

This is the anthology they originally invited me to submit to a couple of months ago and in contrast to the recently released ‘100 Doors To Madness‘ flash anthology (see earlier posts this month), these are all longer stories.

You can find an up-to-date list of stories and contributors here.

Based on the closing date, I suspect the book will be out sometime during November, so will updateย  you more then.