It has been a fair old while since I blogged anything, huh?
I’ve been ridiculously busy lately, but in a good way, with lots of new stuff written or in progress. Here’s a bit of an update as to what’s available where, and with who…
First of all, I have a chapbook coming out in June with the wonderful Black Shuck Books. The story is called ‘6/6’ and concerns a short film that was once available on YouTube but has since disappeared. The chapbook will be presented in special edition packaging (Steve at Black Shuck has been telling me about this, and it sounds great) with a limited run of only 66 copies, selling for £6.66 each. You can pre-order a copy by clicking here.
In other news, my short story ‘Painted Wolves’, which first appeared in the charity anthology In Dog We Trust (available here), has been selected by Ellen Datlow for her Best Horror of the Year series and will be reprinted in volume 11. Check out the terrific cover:
It’s quite the line-up, and I consider myself very lucky to appear as part of it:
- “I Remember Nothing” by Anne Billson
- “Monkeys on the Beach” by Ralph Robert Moore
- “Painted Wolves” by Ray Cluley
- “Shit Happens” by Michael Marshall Smith
- “You Know How the Story Goes” by Thomas Olde Heuvelt
- “Back Along the Old Track” by Sam Hicks
- “Masks” by Peter Sutton
- “The Donner Party” by Dale Bailey
- “Milkteeth” by Kristi DeMeester
- “Haak” by John Langan
- “Thin Cold Hands” by Gemma Files
- “A Tiny Mirror” by Eloise C. C. Shepherd
- “I Love You Mary-Grace” by Amelia Mangan
- “The Jaws of Ouroboros” by Steve Toase
- “A Brief Moment of Rage” by Bill Davidson
- “Golden Sun” by Kristi DeMeester, Richard Thomas, Damien Angelica Walters, and Michael Wehunt
- “White Mare” by Thana Niveau
- “Girls Without Their Faces On” by Laird Barron
- “Thumbsucker” by Robert Shearman
- “You Are Released” by Joe Hill
- “Red Rain” by Adam-Troy Castro
- “Split Chain Stitch” by Steve Toase
- “No Exit” by Orrin Grey
- “Haunt” by Siobhan Carroll
- “Sleep” by Carly Holmes
What else is new? Well, I wrote a play. That was fun. It was performed recently, too, by Banned Brand Theatre, who put on a great show. There’s talk of another performance so I’ll be sure to mention it again, as and when I get more information.
And finally, one last thing – my mermaid story, Water For Drowning, has resurfaced and is now available as an audiobook, read by the superb R J Bayley.
Water for Drowning was first published by This is Horror. I recently spoke with them as part of their podcast series, partly to promote the audiobook but also to go on about horror and writing and all sorts of other things. You can listen to the first part of that here, and the second part here.
As for what I’m getting on with at the moment, I’m currently working on a radio play, a novel for a gaming company recently expanding into horror, and two more novellas. Not to mention working on my own novel and trying to finish a very late (and very uncooperative) story…
Like I said at the beginning, it’s been a very busy time. But busy is a good problem to have.