Hello and welcome to my site.
In the last four years I’ve been writing like two entirely separate but perfectly functioning demons and have completed three novels and around sixty short stories.
My novel ‘The King of the Crows’ was acquired by Giles Press in February 2020, likely publication date January 2021. It’s a time slip horror set in Scotland, has an ages old demon, a forgotten underground river (a real one- it’s called The Scourinburn) and more crows than you could ever want, even if you were the most ardent of crow fans.
My short stories have been accepted by over forty good publications and I find I get a new ‘yes’ from an editor on average every few weeks. They are a bit like buses, nothing for a couple of months and then three in one day. I list some of these publications on other pages – they are mainly in the UK and US, but my Christmas tale ‘The Christmas Violin’ has been published by Malawi’s excellent literature magazine, the Nthanda Review. You will find some stuff about me and my writing on other pages, including links to where my short stories have been published.
I’m currently touting my other two novels ‘The Diarist’ (the story of a life told backwards) and ‘The Orangerie’ (a psychological thriller) around publishers and agents. No bites yet, but I’m hopeful.
My short story ‘A Brief Moment of Rage’ recently appeared in Flame Tree’s Endless Apocalypse Anthology, tucked neatly between Lord Byron and Arthur Conan Doyle, which is of course where I belong. I’m fairly sure none of the BBC breakfast team came to a sticky end in a Conan Doyle story, but I’m not sure about Lord Byron. Unending Apocalypse blog
‘A brief moment of rage’ was selected for Ellen Datlow’s Best Horror of the Year, Volume 11. Enough said.
I was really pleased to have my story ‘The Bookmark’ picked up by Woman’s Weekly. I had wondered, given that I write a lot of horror, can I also write something that is comforting and heart warming? Woman’s Weekly has a distribution of over 300K- pretty damned good.
My short story ‘The Face’ didn’t win Leslie Marrick’s Mythic Beasts ‘Medusa’ contest, but got an honourable mention and will appear in the publication.
I was pleased to be the featured author for Left Hand Publishers blog for their Terrors Unimagined Anthology. Terrors Unimagined Blog
Check out their trailer for the book! Terrors Unimagined
As ever, I’ve got quite a few stories in the process of being published-
- The Short Way Home- The Fiction Desk
- The Long Woman- Hell Bound Books
- The Scaly Wages of Sin- Suicide publishing
- Little Simon and the Behemoth- Bumper Book of British Bizarro
- The High City- Hybrid Fiction
- Not from around here- Emerald Bay Books