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The mighty people over at Demain Publishing and me chatted about my new chapbook Magic, the writing process, writers I like, and myth, magic and mayhem. I also reveal my secret fetish. Join us: https://demainpublishingblog.weebly.com/

 

Pre-sale on Magic

MAGIC – Ex-con Grange races against the shape-shifting terrors of the Wild Hunt for one last chance to see his daughter. Old magic is comin’ to town in the latest addition to the Short Sharp Shock! book series from Demain Publishing.

The paperback is due for release in the summer, but in case you can’t wait (and why should you?) here are the pre-order links for the Kindle version coming out on May 10th:

Amazon UK for £0.99p

Amazon US for $1.28

 

 

 

At the Printers

There’s a little something spiritual about being in the vicinity of a working piece of machinery: its heat radiates; its smell permeates; the clattering, chugging, almost orchestral clanking of metal on metal, drive and punch initiates a settling hypnotic calm.

We were at Dean Press today enquiring about printing choices for the chapbook, Rewilding, when we were treated to the impromptu operation of this renovated 1975 Heidelberg letter press machine. What a piece of kit!

We’re now deciding on a selection of papers and weights, covers and colours, and giving a little extra thought to the limited edition print run. Keeping the materials used in the production in-line with the thematic undercurrent of the story is important to us, and this includes having a natural feel to the product.

Bos will be designing the cover plate, and there’s a good chance this Heidelberg will have a part to play in the production of Rewilding.

If you would like to see footage of the Heidelberg in operation, then please go to my Facebook page (link in the margin).

 

Holding Hands Uncovered

mythic3With 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.

Hypnos

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Nyx, Night Goddess by Gustave Moreau (1880)

 

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 Oscillate Wildly Press.

“The monsters we have come to know and love take a backseat as we delve into the darkest, most hideous depths of a monster that has taken centre stage as of late–HUMANS.”  – OWP

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