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    A story in Obsidian

    In 2016 NewCon Press celebrates its 10th anniversary, and to mark that achievement it’s releasing a number of publications next year, including an eBook-only retrospective anthology of horror short fiction written by women that NewCon published during its first decade. Thus we have Obsidian: A Decade of Horror Stories by Women, which is now available to pre-order on Amazon. You can get it at a specially discounted price which will go up once the book launches on 29 January 2016. I’m delighted that editor and publisher Ian Whates is including my short story, ‘Valerie’, in this anthology with such a strong line-up of talent. The story originally appeared in NewCon’s…

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    Cassilda's Song on Kindle

    The Kindle edition of Cassilda’s Song: Tales Inspired by Robert W. Chambers King in Yellow Mythos is now available to buy. The trade paperback edition should be arriving in stores shortly. The book is published by Chaosium Inc. and edited by Joe S. Pulver. The artwork is by Steve G Santiago. It contains my story, ‘Family’. Here’s the Table of Contents: Black Stars on Canvas, a Reproduction in Acrylic … Damien Angelica Walters She Will Be Raised a Queen … E. Catherine Tobler Yella … Nicole Cushing Yellow Bird … Lynda E. Rucker Exposure … Helen Marshall Just Beyond Her Dreaming … Mercedes M. Yardley In the Quad of Project 327 ……

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    Celebrating Nigel Kneale

    As mentioned recently I’ve an essay in the forthcoming anthology, We Are The Martians: The Legacy of Nigel Kneale, which is edited by Neil Snowdon and published by Spectral Press. Tied into the launch of the book there will be a rehearsed reading of Kneale’s lost drama The Road at the Horse Hospital, London from 7pm – 10pm on 10 December, organised by Miskatonic Institute of Horror Studies. It will feature the voice talents of Jonathan Rigby, Mark Gatiss, Jason Morrell (son of Quatermass actor Andre), Claire Louise Amias, Clarence Smith, Annabel Bates, James Swanton, Michael Shaw, and David Morely Hale. After a short break there will be a discussion…

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    Cassilda’s Song anthology

    Check out the gorgeous cover for Cassilda’s Song, the anthology of stories inspired by Robert W Chambers The King in Yellow mythology, and edited by Joe S. Pulver. The artwork is by Steve G Santiago. The book will be published by Chaosium Inc. in time for the 2015 NecronomiCon Providence convention in August. Here’s the Table of Contents: Black Stars on Canvas, a Reproduction in Acrylic … Damien Angelica Walters She Will Be Raised a Queen … E. Catherine Tobler Yella … Nicole Cushing Yellow Bird … Lynda E. Rucker Exposure … Helen Marshall Just Beyond Her Dreaming … Mercedes M. Yardley In the Quad of Project 327 … Chesya…

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    la femme signs

    Today I received 150 signing sheets for the forthcoming anthology La Femme, in which my story ‘Valerie’ is appearing. That’s just half the contributors. The entire Table of Contents is: Frances Hardinge, Storm Constantine, Ruth EJ Booth, Andrew Hook, Stewart Hotston, Holly Ice, Adele Kirby, Maura McHugh, Jonathan Oliver, Stephen Palmer, John Llewellyn Probert, and Benjanun Sriduangkaew. It’s an odd experience writing your name out 150 times – after a short period your own signature looks odd, and then you have bizarre moments when your brain suddenly doubts itself and shrieks, ‘Is that how you really spell it?’ My apologies to anyone who gets a sheet in which my signature…

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    Voices from the Past

    Voices from the Past is a new e-anthology of flash fiction edited by Scott Harrison and Lee Harris from their fledging imprint H&H Books. 100% of the proceeds will be donated to Great Ormond Street Children’s Hospital. There are two editions available to buy (in both ePub and Kindle formats). The standard edition costs £0.99 and the premier edition costs £2.99. The premier edition is identical to the standard one, but it allows people to offer more money to the Great Ormond Street Hospital if they wish, and considering how much fiction you’re getting for your money you might not mind opting for the slightly more expensive option. Here’s the…

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    voices from the past

    A new eBook publishing company, called H&H Books, has been created recently by writer Scott Harrison and editor Lee Harris. It will specialise in science fiction, fantasy and horror fiction, and will publish works to benefit a number of charitable causes. I’m pleased to mention that a story of mine will appear in the company’s first project, an anthology of flash fiction, entitled Voices from the Past. The table of contents will include writers such as Alastair Reynolds, Paul Magrs, Kaaron Warren, Jasper Fforde, Sarah Pinborough, Juliet McKenna and Paul Cornell. The cover art is by Vincent Chong. The anthology will be sold for just 59p/$0.99 through all major eBook…

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    a little thrill

    Yesterday we dug our car out from under half a foot of snow and left Wexford for a long, careful drive up the South-East of Ireland before heading West to Galway. The first section was like driving through the landscape of Germany or Austria in winter, without the benefit of a country used to heavy snowfall. The entire countryside was swathed in white, and the snow-capped mountains appeared ready for skiers. As we passed through the Wicklow mountains we encountered a minor blizzard but luckily we were on clear, good roads and left it behind after a short distance. Once we hit the motorway to the West of Ireland the…

  • Reviews

    is this seat taken?

    Today I’m guest reviewing for Peter Tennant on Black Static‘s Case Notes Blog. I discuss the new audio drama ‘Is This Seat Taken?’, written by award-winning horror writer Sarah Langan (Audrey’s Door, The Keeper), which is part of a new series of horror audio drama by Tales from Beyond the Pale. I’d also like to highlight Peter’s article, published last week, called ‘To Be the Best‘, in which he does a bang-up job of analysing three horror Year’s Best anthologies, edited by Datlow, Jones and Guran. The statistics prove that your chances are higher of appearing in a Year’s Best anthology if your story has appeared in a previous anthology…

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    Year’s Best Dark Fantasy and Horror 2010

    World Fantasy Convention is happening this weekend in the USA, and in conjunction with that event I’ve received word from editor Paula Guran that Year’s Best Dark Fantasy and Horror 2010 is now available. Here is the Table of Contents: THE HORRID GLORY OF ITS WINGS, Elizabeth Bear LOWLAND SEA, Suzy McKee Charnas COPPING SQUID, Michael Shea MONSTERS, Stewart O’Nan THE BRINK OF ETERNITY, Barbara Roden FROST MOUNTAIN PICNIC MASSACRE, Seth Fried SEA-HEARTS, Margo Lanagan A HAUNTED HOUSE OF HER OWN, Kelley Armstrong HEADSTONE IN MY POCKET, Paul Tremblay THE COLDEST GIRL IN COLDTOWN, Holly Black STRANGE SCENES FROM AN UNFINISHED FILM,Gary McMahon A DELICATE ARCHITECTURE, Catherynne M. Valente THE MYSTERY, Peter Atkins VARIATIONS OF A THEME FROM SEINFELD, Peter Straub THE WIDE,…