PAN. FONTANA. SPECTRAL

I’m very pleased to announce that my short story, “Outside Heavenly” has been accepted for publication in THE SPECTRAL BOOK OF HORROR STORIES.

This annual, non-themed anthology, edited by Mark Morris, is inspired by the old Pan and Fontana books of horror. As a fan of these books growing up, I’m all the more thrilled to be included in this inaugural volume.

The incredible cover art is by the one and only Vincent Chong, who produced the breathtaking cover for my novel, END TIMES. Check out his website HERE.

The full table of contents is below. So many great names, as you can see. So many great stories. I’m honoured to be among them.

ON THE TOUR – RAMSEY CAMPBELL

THE DOG’S HOME - ALISON LITTLEWOOD

FUNERAL RITES – HELEN MARSHALL

SLAPE – TOM FLETCHER

THE NIGHT DOCTOR – STEVE RASNIC TEM

DULL FIRE – GARY McMAHON

THE BOOK AND THE RING – REGGIE OLIVER

EASTMOUTH – ALISON MOORE

CARRY WITHIN SOME SMALL SLIVER OF ME – ROBERT SHEARMAN

THE DEVIL’S INTERVAL – CONRAD WILLIAMS

STOLEN KISSES – MICHAEL MARSHALL SMITH

CURES FOR A SICKENED WORLD – BRIAN HODGE

THE OCTOBER WIDOW – ANGELA SLATTER

THE SLISTA – STEPHEN LAWS

OUTSIDE HEAVENLY – RIO YOUERS

THE LIFE INSPECTOR – JOHN LLEWELLYN PROBERT

SOMETHING SINISTER IN SUNLIGHT – LISA TUTTLE

THIS VIDEO DOES NOT EXIST – NICHOLAS ROYLE

NEWSPAPER HEART – STEPHEN VOLK

My story, “Outside Heavenly” is about a small-town policeman searching for the truth behind a mysterious house fire and a mutilated corpse. The tone is southern gothic. Think ANGEL HEART meets TRUE DETECTIVE, and you’ll be on the right track.

THE SPECTRAL BOOK OF HORROR STORIES will launch at FantasyCon in the UK in September 2014. In the meantime, there’s an interview about the anthology with Mark Morris HERE, and the official press release from Spectral Press—including all ordering information—can be found HERE.

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Sister Free

It’s always a good feeling when a short story makes it out into the wild … particularly when it’s in great company, and in such an amazing and respected publication. I am delighted, then, to announce that my l’il rock and roll story, “Sister Free” will feature in PS Publishing’s forthcoming POSTSCRIPTS 32/33: FAR VOYAGER.

I’m not kidding about the great company. Check out the full table of contents:

Far Voyager — Ian Sales

3 A.M. in the Mesozoic Bar — Michael Swanwick

Dear Miss Monroe — Andrew Jury

The Case of the Barking Man — Mel Waldman

One Hundred Thousand Demons and the Cherub of Desire — Andrew Drummond

An American Story — Darrell Schweitzer

Irezumi — John Langan

Sister Free — Rio Youers

A Little Off the Top — Tom Alexander

Sweetheart, I Love You — Mel Waldman

Winter Children — Angela Slatter

A Girl of Feather and Music — Lisa L. Hannett

Thirty Three Tears to a Teaspoon — Alan Baxter

The Rusalka Salon for Girls Who Like to Get Their Hair Wet — Angie Rega

The Psychometrist — Suzanne J. Willis

Sea Angels — Quentin S. Crisp

Plink — Kurt Dinan

Xaro — Darren Speegle

We Are Not Alone — Richard Calder

The Curtain — Thana Niveau

Playground — Gio Clairval

What Once Was Bone — Gary A. Braunbeck

Darkscapes: Three Journeys to the Night Side — Mel Waldman

Services Rendered — Bruce Golden

GW in the Afterlife — Robert Reed

Eskimo — Andrew Hook

With Friends Like These — Gary Fry

An Inspector Calls — Ian Watson

Confessions — Mel Waldman

A Legion of Echoes — Alison Littlewood

Talk in Riddles — Mark Reece

The Mermaid and the Fisherman — Paul Park

“Sister Free” marks my fourth appearance in this award-winning publication. I’m so proud to continue my wonderful relationship with Pete and Nicky Crowther, and the entire crew at PS Publishing.

POSTSCRIPTS 32/33: FAR VOYAGER will be edited by Nick Gevers (with whom I also have a long and fantastic relationship). I’ll be sure to post ordering info as soon as it becomes available.

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Monster

Back in 2008, I wrote a novella called MAMA FISH that I remember being very proud of. At the time, nobody anywhere had heard of me (except for my mom), and—on the back of some strong reviews—it helped introduce a host of new readers to my work—a readership that has continued to grow through subsequent publications. But MAMA FISH is where it all began.

Until now, MAMA FISH has only been available in paperback from Shroud Publishing. It’s still available in paperback, if you do a little hunting around, but I’m delighted to say that the e-book edition was recently released by Crossroad Press. To me, it seems only fitting that  a story about (among other things) advancements in technology be available in digital format.

Here’s the all-enticing cover copy:

 

Technology is a 21st Century god. It’s a monster.

And the old ghosts stir …

Business brings Patrick Beauchamp to Harlequin, MA. The town he grew up in. It is his first time back for twenty years. Harlequin has changed, but even so … the old ghosts stir.

The secret—such a terrible secret—still lives in his heart. It is here, in Harlequin. She is here.

Patrick will never forget Mama Fish.

Harlequin High, 1986. Kelvin Fish was the oddball, the weird kid that no one would talk to. Except for Patrick, who was determined to learn more about this strange child, and to befriend him. But Patrick would get more than he bargained for…

Mama Fish is a story about the paths we choose … about the changes in society, and in ourselves. It is told through the eyes of Patrick Beauchamp, a loving family man who, at his heart, is troubled by much darkness … a man quite literally caught between the ghost and the machine.

So yeah … if you like what you read, and if you’re so inclined, you can order MAMA FISH for your Kindle or Nook at any of the following online venues:

Amazon USA

Amazon Canada

Amazon UK

Barnes & Noble

Three bucks for the Kindle version? You can’t say fairer than that.

I’ll be releasing more of my backlist through Crossroad Press over the coming months, all with fresh covers and shiny digital bones.  Of course, I’ll be posting all the info right here, so check back often.

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Heads Together

So, this seems like a pretty good time to tell you about a brand new anthology that I’m in, edited by New York Times bestselling author (and all-round top dude) Christopher Golden. DARK DUETS is a collection of collaborations featuring an ensemble of authors working together for the first time.

From the back cover:

DARK DUETS is a feast of eerie and mesmerizing horror, thriller, and dark fantasy tales—an ambitious and unique anthology featuring biting and atmospheric original stories from seventeen pairs of acclaimed writers, all collaborating together for the first time, including New York Times bestselling authors Charlaine Harris, Rachel Caine, Holly Black, Cassandra Clare, Stuart MacBride, Sherrilyn Kenyon, Jonathan Maberry and David Liss.

Penned by two authors—and in one case, a trio—who have never worked together before, the stories in this enthralling literary chemistry blend diverse elements and rich themes into mesmerizing and highly combustible tales that delve deep into the shadowy, unexplored realms of the imagination.

Here’s the full (and very impressive) table of contents:

TRIP TRAP by Sherrilyn Kenyon & Kevin J. Anderson
WELDED by Tom Piccirilli & T.M. Wright
DARK WITNESS by Charlaine Harris & Rachel Caine
REPLACING MAX by Stuart MacBride & Allan Guthrie
T. RHYMER by Gregory Frost & Jonathan Maberry
SHE, DOOMED GIRL by Sarah MacLean & Carrie Ryan
HAND JOB by Chelsea Cain & Lidia Yuknavitch
HOLLOW CHOICES by Robert Jackson Bennett & David Liss
AMUSE-BOUCHE by Amber Benson & Jeffrey J. Mariotte
BRANCHES, CURVING by Tim Lebbon & Michael Marshall Smith
RENASCENCE by Rhodi Hawk and F. Paul Wilson
BLIND LOVE by Kasey Lansdale & Joe R. Lansdale
TRAPPER BOY by Holly Newstein & Rick Hautala
STEWARD OF THE BLOOD by Nate Kenyon & James A. Moore
CALCULATING ROUTE by Michael Koryta & Jeffrey David Greene
SISTERS BEFORE MISTERS by Sarah Rees Brennan, Cassandra Clare, & Holly Black
SINS LIKE SCARLET by Mark Morris & Rio Youers

Mark Morris and I close out the show with our story, “Sins Like Scarlet”—a particularly dark piece about a man dying of cancer, who needs to confront the shadows of his past if he hopes to find peace in his final days. I’m a long-time fan of Mark’s; I remember seeing his book, TOADY, in stores when I was a kid—a chunky horrorfest of a novel—and being filled with envy that he was sitting on the same shelf as Stephen King, James Herbert, and Ramsey Campbell. I’m delighted to say that he is one of my very dear friends now, as well as one of my favourite authors, and collaborating with him on “Sins Like Scarlet” was a genuine privilege. It was the first time we worked together, and I sincerely hope it won’t be the last.

Published by Harper Voyager, DARK DUETS is available everywhere, but here are those handy Amazon links:

Amazon USA

Amazon Canada

Amazon U.K.

So go ahead … grab yourself a copy. Dance with us, why don’t you? See what kind of dark chaos we can create when we put out heads together …

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