Wednesday, April 27, 2011

New Covers

The working covers of the three volume, Halloween Frights have been released. And quite cool they are too. Each cover works on its own, but when put in sequence, they work as a mural. Have a look. My story appears in volume 3.

Volume 1

Volume 2

Volume 3
including my story, 'Night of Nights'

And when put together it all looks like this:


Pretty decent wouldn't you think? Now I may buy all fecking three...

Thursday, April 14, 2011

Giving Something Back

So for the last week I have been working on a number of stories for charity anthologies. I've always liked to do things for charity, be it dressing up like, well a hooker to put it bluntly, and traipsing around the town, to regular donations. Not to mention going halfway across the world to live in the wilds of Kenya (slight over exaggeration there, but I earned it!) So I went crazy writing when I realised I had the means to combine the two.

And it has paid off! I've had my story 'This is 2012' accepted for the anthology 'Quakes and Storms' by Panic Press. The proceeds of this book go to the American Red Cross, towards the Japanese relief fund.

The anthology can be bought here:

and it's one of a number that I will be urging people to buy because it's for such a good cause. Not only are you getting a padding for your conscience, but there are some quality stories there to enjoy, by a number of talented writers, besides myself!

But that's not all! This acceptance comes with a triple whammy. Yes, you heard me, triple! It's my first acceptance with Panic Press, and also, my first story with a UK company! I'm getting closer to home. Ireland, watch out; the prodigal daughter will return, with a pen in her hand and a book under her arm!

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Another Proud Acceptance

Yesterday I woke up to a lovely email from Dorothy Davies, editor at Static Movement, accepting my story, 'Fern of the Forest' for her anthology 'Grim Fairy Tales.' Just love the cover for that one.

Grim Fairy Tales

Fern of the Forest takes the classic, Snow White, and brings it back somewhere close to the original story, before Disney got their hands on it, which, according to Dorothy, is a 'gorgeous gory twist on the old story.' She also mentioned the word 'genius', but we don't want to go overboard on the self praise or anything!

Monday, April 11, 2011

I Got Me One Fan!

Tonight I got the best review of my relatively short writing career... and it came from none other than my sister! Now I know what you're all thinking, of course she's going to have a biased review, however, let me reassure you, had I produced something muck, she would not hesitate to string me up by the short and curlies and inform me of it.

It was in reply to my latest story, 'This is 2012' which will hopefully go into an anthology, the proceeds of which will go toward the Japan tsunami appeal. This is what she said:

That gave me goose bumps and actually nearly moved me to tears. You have a fantastic talent sister dear and it is getting better by the day. I honestly cannot believe any sister of mine wrote that. I genuinely look forward to reading what you next come up with as you seem to excel at any style or topic. Another one of your best!

Now I don't give a rats ass who says it, I'll take that thank you very much! Here's hoping the publisher is as impressed. Thanks Tell ;)

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

New Book Available

Shadows Within Shadows is now available for purchase. It's a bit early for Amazon, but I can't hold my horses, so for the moment it can be purchased at:

My story in this anthology is called, 'Frozen Outpost' and it's a hair-stand-up-on-the-back-of-your-neck tale about an evil Indian spirit, back in the times when the west was still wild. 

That's five anthologies on the shelf, and counting. Now where did I put my saw and hammer?