Tuesday, 15 October 2019

These Foolish & Harmful Delights

Behold the beauty that is the cover art for my collection 'These Foolish & Harmful Delights'. Cover artist is the immensely talented Daniele Serra, and the publisher is the wonderful Fox Spirit.

More news to follow.

Thursday, 26 September 2019

I'm on Fire


Flame Tree Publications have announced several new submission opportunities including After Sundown, an anthology of horror stories edited by Mark Morris and following on from his excellent New Fears series. As the anthology is mostly invite-only, there are just four spaces up for grabs. The submission period is 21st October to 3rd November. Ideal submission length is about 4000 words.

Well I know what I'll be doing this Halloween... Okay, maybe before, during and freaking-out just after.

Hopefully.

You can also submit to Adventures in Space, an anthology of Chinese and English Science Fiction stories. Pro-rate. 6,000 to 8,000 words. Submission period: 7th October to 20th October. Fire up those space ships.

Tuesday, 24 September 2019

The Mute Swan



I am delighted to announce that my story The Mute Swan set in my lovely town of Wallasey and New Brighton will appear in Paul Finch's Terror Tales series, Terror Tales of Northwest England.

The anthology (available to pre-order from Amazon) due out on October 1st features stories by Simon Bestwick, Stephen Gallagher, Ramsey Campbell, Paul Finch, Anna Taborska, Simon Kurt Unsworth and John Travis, amongst others.

Here is an extract from my story:

Carys screamed.

Feathers rained from the costume, carpeting the floor with swan. Carys tore at the dress, at the bodice too tight for her expanding frame. The tips of the feathers pricked her arms, as if inking a message on skin, transforming it. Scream hitched against her throat. She coughed blood onto the bones of the dress. If she snapped the bodice, it would cover her front, her burgeoning chest, but little else. She stretched her neck. The scream would not stop.