Promo! Massacre Magazine – Issue 8: Horror and Suspense

I welcome in the new year with a story in issue 8 of Massacre Magazine.

The Kindle edition of Massacre Magazine Issue 8 is now available on Amazon.

My story is Cat’s Whisker (you can google the name to find out what one is) and tells the tale of a blogger, his son, and a sinister old man who enjoys listening to number stations just a little too much. I had a great deal of fun writing it and I hope you enjoy it just as much.

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Satisfaction, not money, motivate me to write. Seeing your story accepted and published gives a real buzz. I’m lucky to have a full time job to fall back on, because frankly, there’s not much money writing short horror fiction.

That said, it is a different feeling to be told by your publisher that royalties for your contribution to an anthology will be shortly paid. A contributor’s copy, sure. A few cents per word, okay! But real cash in a lump sum form – that’s something you can take to the bank!

That was my reaction when the publisher of Winter Shivers contacted me with the happy news. Sure, it won’t pay the mortgage off today, but it is greatly appreciated. So thanks to them, and thanks to the readers!

Spread the word, buy the book, read some great festive scary stories, and help pad out my next royalty payment!

Link here.

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Winter Shivers brings Festive Fear!

Winter Shivers Cover

Winter Shivers Cover

Happy to announce that my short story, Sacrifices, is included in the latest anthology called Winter Shivers, from publisher Inkstained Succubus Productions.

The stories aren’t festive themed, but a good spooky story around Christmas is a long tradition dating back centuries.

My story is about two college friends who go off on a hunting trip that rapidly turns into something very, very bleak. Enjoy!

All the purchasing details are below. More money comes the publishers way if you buy direct, but it’s up to you.

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Be sure to follow the publishers at, @inkstainedsuccu on twitter and Inkstained Succubus Productions on Facebook!

I’ve been advised that an audio book is also in the works, which is quite exciting.

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King for a Year – Hearts in Atlantis review!

As a slight change of pace, I’ve reviewed Stephen King’s Hearts in Atlantis for the King for a Year blog, which reviews all of his output.

The review is here:

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Darkest Minds reviewed!

A review by the indefatigable Matt Fryer of Darkest Minds, from Dark Minds Press. Happy to say he said nice things about my story, Refugees.

Check out the link below for the full review of all the fine stories in this collection which you can purchase here.

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New short story published in Heater Vol 3 No 8 out now!


A slight change of pace for me, with a story in the crime magazine, Heater, from

This one’s called Golem, for reasons you’ll soon work out when you read it.

There’s a little bit of crime and a little bit of horror in this short story.  I’m quite happy with the result, though I’ve not as yet tried my hand at that combination since.

The story came out of an online workshop I became involved with a few years back.  The story sat on the backburner until I came across it on my laptop.  It’s brutal, and it’s harsh, and no one comes out of it smelling of roses, but I love it to bits.


Get your copy at either of these venues:


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Doctor Who: THE TEMPORAL LOGBOOK available for ordering from July 15 2015

As some of you may be aware, I’ve been co-editing a fan collection of Doctor Who short stories, through Pencil Tip Publishing via The Doctor Who Project.  After a lot of work, the collection will be available to purchase from July 15 2015.

There were over 100 submissions which myself, Jez and Bob worked through to select what we think are the best stories from the elite Doctor Who fan writers.  As the blurb states, the stories cover all of time and space as all twelve (even the Capaldi Doctor!) are featured in these always entertaining stories.

All three of us are intensely proud of the book, and a lot of blood sweat and tears have gone into bringing it to fruition.  It’s my first editing effort and was a steep learning curve.

Anyway, if you’re interested in Doctor Who, or Doctor Who fiction, this collection has something for everyone.  All the details are below:

To order your copy/copies of the Temporal Logbook click on the link below.

Below is the press release.

AVAILABLE JULY 15th from Pencil Tip Publishing


A Charity Short Story Collection

Twelve Doctors.

 Twelve windows onto the universe. And the Doctor’s life is the history of the universe.

 The TEMPORAL LOGBOOK is the telling of that history.

 From the myths of Ancient Greece to the depths of unknown space, from the life of Lewis Carroll to the horrors of the Black Death, The TEMPORAL LOGBOOK recounts some of the Doctor’s most enthralling journeys during his first eleven incarnations, as told by a selection of Doctor Who fandom’s best writers.

 The TEMPORAL LOGBOOK features stories from Michael Baxter, J.E. Remy, Benjamin Pocock, Craig Charlesworth, Hannah Parry, Ian Larkin, Sarah Parry, Nick Mellish, Hamish Crawford, Paul Silvester, Michael Itig and Meg MacDonald.

Edited by Robert Mammone, Jez Strickley & Bob Furnell

Cover designed by John Gordon

All proceeds from this publication will be donated in support of the Positive Living Society of British Columbia which is dedicated to empowering persons living with HIV/AIDS through mutual support and collective action.

THE TEMPORAL LOGBOOK will retail at $16.95 CAD + postage

The Temporal Logbook will be available for purchase from

To order your copy/copies of the Temporal Logbook click on the link below.

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Fearful Symmetry in Under the Bed out now!


My short Story, Fearful Symmetry, is now available via Amazon from in their e-zine, Under the Bed Vol.3 No.8 or you can go to their store and buy direct.

I’m pretty proud of this story – a nice bit of quiet horror that hopefully lingers in the memory after the last paragraph. And at a nice price!

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Story sold!

Received an email today to advise my submission to horror e-mag, Under the Bed, has been accepted, which ends a long acceptance drought.

The story is called Fearful Symmetry (as I said in my last blog post, steal from the best) and I originally wrote it in mind as a submission to an anthology. I got lazy, or busy, or both, and didn’t hit the deadline. But I did eventually finish it (it sprawled a bit more than I’d hoped) and a bit of tightening up saw it fit for subbing.

This one is quiet horror – is the lead character succumbing to his mental illness, or are bad things really happening around him. Long on atmosphere, it’s a nice slow burn with an ending that hopefully lingers.

This will become available with the next issue released May 4. So have a look!

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Writing update

Talking about the writing process is a bit like making sausages – without the mince, bread crumbs and pig’s intestines, of course. Though the meat grinder just gave me an idea…

Anyway, while I’ve been on a long blog hiatus, I’ve been busy with finishing off stories, editing the bejeezus out of them, then farming them out to prospective publishers. With a full-time job and family, it can be hard to find the space to write. I often find myself doing so in a rush at lunch time, or very late in the evening when it’s just me and the wind in the eaves…

Somehow, I have 9 short stories in slush piles across the globe, which is a new record for me. Some (as mentioned in an earlier post) have been rejected and sent out again, but 9 is a lot of stories, for me.

We all like stats, so let’s do a breakdown of them.

2 are zombie stories.

3 are with prospective anthologies

1 was sent to a big name publisher’s online site

8 are with small presses

I’m confident that 1 will be picked up, given the market and my history with them.

The longest is about 6000 words

The shortest about 1200 words

8 have male protagonists

1 has a female protagonist

I can endlessly go on with stats, instead, I’ll give you titles!

Mad Dog (to the extent that anyone might read this, there might be the chance for some mild controversy)

Riders of the Storm (lame, I know, but I was stuck)

Golem (could easily have been Zombie, but I think this is a better fit)

Fearful Symmetry (okay, steal from the best)

Mummy (not what you think)

Tropic of Cancer (I think it’s clever and makes up for Riders of the Storm)

Bitter Waters (certainly better than the original title ‘The Interview’ and less likely to enrage North Korean hackers)

Cat’s Whisker (tells you absolutely nothing about the subject matter)

Night School (this is a placeholder until I come up with something better)

Of the above, 3 were rejected and sent out into the world again.

So, while the end of 2014 and beginning of 2015 have been slow, hopefully I’ll have some positive news to impart later in the year.

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