The Woodwose and His May Queen (first published in Terror Tract) has now been included alongside Magic in Book 23 of Demain’s Short Sharp Shocks! series. That’s double the horror! … Continue reading Magic now has bonus material!
Tag: short story
Coffin Bell – Journal of Dark Literature
Coffin Bell has published my short fiction, The Memory of Hannah Babinski, in Vol 5, Issue 1 of their superb journal. Read the story and the rest of the issue, … Continue reading Coffin Bell – Journal of Dark Literature
The Creased Spine Bookshelf 1/22
A peak at some of the cracking fiction I’ve been lucky enough to read recently. Short fiction Things of Which We Do Not Speak by Lucy Taylor (from the collection, … Continue reading The Creased Spine Bookshelf 1/22
Publication Review 2021
As we came into this year, I’d just completed my first collection of short fiction, and this continues along its publication journey. That, and the fact these past twelve months … Continue reading Publication Review 2021
Holding Hands Uncovered
With Mythic, a new quarterly SF&F magazine publishing my piece of short fiction, Holding Hands, next month, I wanted to give you a little back story about this rather personal tale.
A while ago my son and I were having some difficulty getting on. After around six months of very little communication between us, either verbally or physically, we happened to be walking back from town, him trailing behind in silence like usual. As we did so, I felt his hand slip in mine. It was wonderful, brief, and a beginning.
It was that moment which I attempted to capture in writing, and from that, Holding Hands developed. I’m not proficient enough as a writer yet to have done that, but I’ve tried. I hope you enjoy the story.
Flying high with the news that Mythic: A Quarterly Science Fiction and Fantasy Magazine will be acquiring my short story, Holding Hands, for its third issue.
Monsters Amongst Us anthology (2017)
There has always been Night, then Man came with his fear and Darkness was born. Hypnos is one of the stories found in the anthology, Monsters Amongst Us, published by … Continue reading Monsters Amongst Us anthology (2017)
First draft finished! I also have three possible titles for my werewolf story: Autumn, My Hero, or Hashtag Rewilding.
Which one is the most evocative?
The late William Trevor on short story writing: “I think it is the art of the glimpse. If the novel is like an intricate Renaissance painting, the short story is an impressionist painting. It should be an explosion of truth. Its strength lies in what it leaves out just as much as what it puts in, if not more. It is concerned with the total exclusion of meaninglessness. Life, on the other hand, is meaningless most of the time. The novel imitates life, where the short story is bony, and cannot wander. It is essential art.”
(source: The Guardian)