A few things have happened in the last couple of weeks so here’s a bit of a catch up…
First of all, I’m delighted to announce that Probably Monsters has been nominated for a British Fantasy Award for Best Collection. (It was a great way to start the day today.) You can see the full list of nominations here – there’s damn fine work in every category and I don’t envy the judges at all.
Ellen Datlow also said some very kind things about Probably Monsters in her Summation 2015 in The Best Horror of the Year, Volume 8:
“Probably Monsters by Ray Cluley (ChiZine Publications) is a terrific debut by a writer who has been getting increasing and well deserved attention in Great Britain (one story won the British Fantasy Award). These twenty stories showcase his broad range, including three new stories, one of which (‘Indian Giver’) is reprinted herein.”
So yes, as mentioned, The Best Horror of the Year, Volume 8, is now available. You can order it here, and here. There’s a magnificent line-up of stories, and I’m lucky enough to be making my third appearance in this series with ‘Indian Giver’.
Also out now is Ténèbres 2016, an anthology of horror stories translated into French. I appeared in the 2011 volume with ‘Beachcombing’ and it’s just as much of a thrill to appear in the series again, this time with ‘All Change’. You can buy it from Dreampress here.
Speaking of ‘All Change’, there’s now a podcast version courtesy of Tales to Terrify for those of you who like to hear a story read aloud. I’ve not had a chance to listen to it yet myself, but Tales to Terrify did such a good job with ‘The Travellers Stay’ that I’ve no doubt it’ll sound great. Click here to have a listen, and browse through their archives – there’s loads of good stuff. (‘The Travellers Stay’ is here.)
And speaking of stories available free online, you can read ‘A Tale Before Supper’ over at This is Horror. It’s my response to M.R. James’s short tale, ‘There was a Man Dwelt by a Churchyard’, a sequel of sorts and a homage, and it was great fun to write in such a style. If you want to read James’s story first, it’s online here.
And I think that’s about it for latest news. As for work in progress, I just made some last minute edits to my story ‘Trappers Valley’ which will be available soon in Crimewave 13 from TTA Press. Four stories are out there looking for homes and one has been entered into the L. Ron Hubbard’s Writers of the Future Contest (‘Tethered to the Cold and Dying’ received an Honourable Mention in 2010 so I’m hoping to beat that this time around). I’m also finishing up a few stories for anthologies, and still slogging away at the novel. So, happily busy.
Which means I should really go and get on with some writing…