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Fantasy Short Story Sale

Sunday, 4 June 2017

Just signed contracts with Metaphorosis magazine - home of  beautifully written science fiction and fantasy with humor, emotion, and wit - for my fantasy short story What The Darkness Is.

This will be my second appearance in the magazine, following on from The Stars are Tiny Lights on a Perfect Black Dome last year.

Our Plan is (Still) Working Perfectly

When Milo James Fowler, Neil Vogler, and I released Future City Blues a while back, it was our hope that these three tales would entice readers to purchase other books in our respective series. And it worked, for the most part. Not a massive amount of downloads, but a trickle. Now here we are, two years later, and the downloads continue. Just this month, we received the following reviews from satisfied customers:

"Each of the stories in this book feature interesting concepts about the future (near future) and an intriguing mystery. Each is part of a larger series, which I love since I'm always looking for new series to read. All are well-written, with fast-paced plots and entertaining characters. I thoroughly enjoyed every story and immediately downloaded other books by each author. Yes, these stories were that good."

"Although each short story is a bit of a tease, encouraging us to buy full length versions, or simply more from the same authors, I felt they all stood alone - and yes, I do want to buy the full versions and more from these authors! Each story pulled me in nicely - I enjoy sci-fi, and I enjoy noir, so what could possibly go wrong? Well written, with interesting story ideas. Recommended."

Unlike hardcovers and paperbacks that gather dust in bookstores and find themselves shipped back to publishers if they don't sell well, eBooks continue building momentum as readers discover them. Want to check out Future City Blues for yourself? Did I mention it's FREE? Enjoy.

Body of Work reprinted

Monday, 22 May 2017

My short story Body of Work - magic realism if it's anything - has been reprinted in Mrs Rochester's Attic, published by Red Lighthouse.

The book is a collection of short stories inspired by the ill-fated first Mrs Rochester in Charlotte Bronte’s Jane Eyre. Great to see my story published again, and to be associated with such a fine venture.

Win one of three copies of the Witchy Storybundle...

Sunday, 14 May 2017

So only a few days remain to grab the Witchy Bundle - the deal ends for good on May 18th. To celebrate I'm giving away three copies of the entire bundle, but you'll have to hurry - there are only a couple of days to get the ten fantastic books in the bundle for free.

If you aren't lucky enough to be one of the winners, never fear: you can name your own price for the bundle. Spend at least $5 and you can download five books. Pay at least $15, and all ten books are yours to download, for any ereader, DRM free. Full details here.

But don't forget - the bundle is only available until May 18th. When it's gone, it's gone for good...

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A Sacophagus in Obsidian published by Hypnos

Thursday, 11 May 2017

Hypnos magazine have published my Lovecraftian tale A Sarcophagus in Obsidian in their Spring 2017 issue - details of the edition here.

A Sarcophagus in Obsidian
“Don’t work too late, Pamela. You know the mummies come out of the sarcophagus at midnight.”
It was their usual joke. Sam – Professor Drake – stood over by the door, shrugging on his coat in readiness for the London winter night. Pamela made a face of mock terror towards the three-metre cube of black rock that dominated their underground lair. It was perhaps the greatest treasure of the British Museum’s Unidentified collection. It was certainly the most immoveable. Generations of academics and students had come down here to measure it, tap it, ponder it, write papers about it. Generations of which she was merely the latest.
“Don’t worry,” she said. “I keep vials of Holy Water in my handbag.”
“Won’t help you, my dear. Completely wrong mythology..."

Read the rest here...

A publishing deal for Engn

Wednesday, 3 May 2017

I'm absolutely delighted to let the world know that I've today signed contracts with Curiosity Quills Press for the publication of my steampunk novel Engn - and also any other novels in the Engn universe that I write.

Regular readers will know that Engn has been published before. Alas, that publisher folded a while back and left the book homeless and unloved. Now a revised, revamped and generally improved version will be hitting the world's virtual and physical bookshelves. I can't tell you how delighted I am about that.

Much, much more on all this in the coming weeks and months. Just had to let the world know....

Curiosity Quills Press

The Witchy Bundle

Friday, 28 April 2017

So, I curated a story bundle over at - introducing the Witchy Bundle...

The end of April and the start of May – exactly six months from Halloween – has always been a time for witches, magic and the influence of the Other World in pagan folklore. The Celtic festival of Beltane is traditionally observed on May 1st, and April 30th is also known as Walpurgis Night – or in Germanic folklore Hexennacht, literally "Witches' Night."

What better time, then, to partake in the Witchy Bundle, your chance to grab a collection of ten truly magical books that involve witches of one sort or another. This collection takes us all across our own world as well as into other lands that touch upon ours. There are American witches and witches battling the Nazis in war-torn Europe. There are dark twists on fairy tales and witches in the wild west. There are witches who don't know they have the power or the sight until dire need comes upon them.

Thrillers, fantasy, romance, horror, mystery – there are books here to suit every taste.

The ten books feature bestselling authors as well as rising stars. The list includes my own urban fantasy/high fantasy novel Hedge Witch, the first book in the Cloven Land Trilogy. We also have USA Today bestselling author Catherine Stine's Witch of the Cards, David Neth's The Full Moon, the first volume in his Under the Moon series. Christine Pope gives us Darknight, a Witches of Cleopatra Hill tale, and Alesha Escobar has her thrilling Gray Tower trilogy.

Matthew S. Cox contributes his Nine Candles of Deepest Black and Sara O. Thompson her Muddy Waters, the first in the Otherwhere series. Milo James Fowler's Coyote Cal omnibus takes us to the gunslinging weird west and Steve Vernon gives us his spine-chilling Tatterdemon omnibus. NY Times bestselling author K. N. Lee's book in the bundle is Academia of the Beast, a dark retelling of Beauty and the Beast.

As always, at StoryBundle, you name your own price — whatever you feel the books are worth — and a portion of the proceeds goes to charity (in this case, Mighty Writers and Girls Write Now). For $5 (or more, if you feel generous), you'll get the basic bundle of five books in any ebook format—WORLDWIDE. If you pay $15 (or more, if you feel generous), you'll get the five bonus books as well.

The Witchy Bundle runs for three weeks only. This is a great deal, and a great way to pick up a batch of witchy books for Beltane.

Find out more about the bundle here.