• The 70s & 80s Horror Mixtape

    For Mark West's 70s & 80s Horror Mixtape I picked 'In The Squalus' by Kit Reed, which was originally published in 1972 in The Transatlantic Review.

  • Fantasycon 2018

    Newly arrived in Chester, UK for the start of the always-fun Fantasycon weekend, I’m dressed appropriately. I’ll be on the following panels: 5 pm on Saturday, 20 October The Horror Writers Association Panel I’m moderating, and also attending is Marie O’Regan, Ramsey Campbell, CC Adams and Phil Sloman 6 pm on Saturday, 20 October Screenwriting for TV I’m moderating a panel with Stephen Volk, Terry Grimwood, Gavin Williams and Stephen Gallagher. 8 pm on Saturday, 20 October Brave New Words I’m on the Brave New Words podcast with Ed Fortune, Anna Stephens, Rebecca Derrick, Anne Fortune and Claire North 1 pm on Sunday, 21 October Strange Fictions I’m on the…

  • Outside anthology

    I’m delighted to be part of the Outside comic book anthology, published by Ash Pure Press, which launched today in Topics Berlin in Berlin. My short story is called ‘Colours’ and is drawn and coloured by British artist John Riordan. Here’s a shot of the first page. And here’s an image of the Table of Contents page, you can see see all the contributors: It’s a beautiful book with a fantastic array of interesting and different comic book styles, so it’s a huge pleasure to be among their number. Thanks to editors Amir Naaman and Doron Hamburger for including me, and for producing such a fantastic anthology.

  • World Fantasy Award Nomination for Cassilda’s Song

    Cassildas Song

    I’m pleased to hear that Cassilda’s Song: Tales Inspired by Robert W. Chambers King in Yellow Mythos, edited by Joe S. Pulver, has been nominated for a World Fantasy Award in the Anthology category. Congratulations to Joe for assembling such a super line-up of writers, and I’m so glad to be part of the project. The book is published by Chaosium Inc. and the artwork is by Steve G Santiago. It contains my story, ‘Family’. And congratulations to Selena Chambers, whose story in the anthology, ‘The Neurastheniac’, has also been nominated for a WFA, in the Short Fiction category. Here’s the entire Table of Contents of the anthology: Black Stars on Canvas,…

  • celebrate short fiction

    I noticed that Poets & Writers magazine is making a case for the concept of May being National Short Story Month. Well, as someone who writes and reads short fiction I think it’s a fine idea. The Emerging Writers Network is behind the campaign, and is blogging all month with reviews of short fiction to lend momentum to the movement. There are a multitude of online sources for short speculative fiction, and here is just a small sample: E-Zines Abyss & Apex Arkham Tales Beneath Ceaseless Skies Brain Harvest ChiZine Clarkesworld Magazine Fantasy Magazine Farrago’s Wainscot Hub Magazine Ideomancer Jim Baen’s Universe Lone Star Stories Strange Horizons Podcast Magazines EscapePod…

  • : )

    Sean Wallace has published the Table of Contents for the collection in which my story, “Bone Mother”, will appear. I’m in good company. “Goosegirl,” by Margaret Ronald, 3200 words “Zombie Lenin,” by Ekaterina Sedia, 3200 words “Sugar, by Cat Rambo, 3600 words “Bone Mother,” by Maura McHugh, 3800 words “The Salvation Game,” by Amanda Downum, 4300 words “Brother of the Moon,” by Holly Phillips, 5000 words “The Greats Come A-Callin’, by Lisa Mantchev, 5400 words “Somewhere Beneath Those Waves Was Her Home,” by Sarah Monette, 5300 words “Shallot,” by Samantha Henderson, 2180 words “All the Growing Time,” Becca De La Rosa, 2500 words “The Yeti Behind You,” Jeremiah Tolbert, 3100…

  • words, sentences, and films

    There are some words that spring out at you when you’re reading, listening to the radio, or watching TV. The other day I heard the adjective, mendacious, being using in the promotion of a play running in Dublin at the moment. What a meaty word. It comes from the noun mendacity, which is: 1 the tendency to be untruthful, or 2 a falsehood. I think it’s a healthy sign of a culture that uses a word like mendacious in its radio adverts. * I bought the horror anthology, Gathering the Bones, the other day. Partly because it has a story in it by Kim Newman–no surprise since I’ve maintained his…