This is one I’m absolutely thrilled about. My space opera short story, ‘Imperatrix, Redux’, is making its debut in Beyond the Stars: Infinite Expanse! The anthology has been released TODAY! And already it’s hit #1 on New Releases for SF Anthologies on Amazon! Eee! I’m beyond thrilled about this story being accepted. It’s a sequel to my story ‘Imperatrix’ which appeared in last year’s volume, Beyond the Stars: Rocking Space – and I know writers aren’t supposed to have favorites, but… 😉
Well, writing-wise so far 2020 has been very productive. I can now announce 2 professional level short story acceptances. Both will appear in publications later this year. And there is a third piece of news… that for now will have to remain under-wraps. But I hope to announce it soon.
Firstly, though. After having to keep quiet for a few weeks, I can now gleefully announce that my original, contemporary, short horror ‘You Think You Are Safe’ will be appearing in Flame Tree’s ‘Footsteps in the Dark’ – one of the newest additions to their Gothic Fantasy range. And isn’t that cover just gorgeous? This will be my seventh appearance in their range, and it will be the second ‘second person’ horror story I’ve sold within a year. It’s a rather dark tale which revolves around a young couple in hiding: a researcher who is trying in vain to keep under control his lycanthrope girlfriend whilst feverishly searching for a cure. FT announcement link here. Amazon link here.
My second short story sale is with Cosmass Infinities! A new SFF magazine. My story… deep breath… ‘A Study of Mesozoic ‘Schistosoma’ in the Late Cretaceous Period and their Abundance in Large Theropods’ will be appearing in the venue’s second issue, due out in May. I’m thrilled about this, especially seeing the table of contents… and because the editor hasn’t mentioned anything about cutting such a stupendously long title (Shh! I love him a little bit for that). This story proves I actually used my parasitology Master degree for something, although probably not what my folks expected. Amazon link here.
It’s a humorous SF loosely based on that time Robyn and I took that time travelling research course at uni, where I was stuck shovelling dino-dung while she went off to fight krackens… which may or may not have actually happened… (Thanks for the beta read, Robs).
So I’m starting the new decade with a BANG!
My flash fiction, Lot No. #024: Intergalactic Death ray, has been released today in the new issue of Abyss & Apex. Really jazzed that it’s making an appearance in such a vaunted venue. Read it here.
I’ve been sitting on this news for a while, and it’s been so hard not to say anything. Earlier this year I had one of my all-time favorite short stories, a space opera, Imperatrix, accepted into Beyond the Stars: Rocking Space! And today is Release Day! I’m so very proud and excited to be sharing the pages with fellow contributors: David Bruns, A.K. DuBoff, Rhiannon J. Taylor, Julia Huni, Misty Zg, Patty Jansen, Andy McKell, Jenny Thomas, Christopher Valin, Cain V. Hopwood, and Patricia Gilliam!
Huge thanks to Patrice Fitzgerald and Ellen Campbell for their tireless work, and to triple Hugo Award-winning artist Julie Dillon and talented cover designer Kendall Roderick who designed such a gorgeous cover.
Ho ho ho, it’s Christmas month! And it’s started out merry indeed, because Santa sent some early Christmas presents – these landed on the doorstep. Chicken Soup for the Soul‘s ‘The Wonder of Christmas’ contains my short real-life story, Solved, which is about my feisty feline, Cas, and how she gets herself into trouble during the holiday season. The book is chock full of feel-good stories that’ll make you smile, so it’s a good choice for a stocking filler. Royalties from sales go to support Toys for Tots too. A book trailer, featuring Editor and Publisher Amy Newmark, has also been released on Youtube which explains more about the book and is well worth a watch. 😽 #CSSTheWonderofChristmasContinue reading “December Summary 2018”
This was so awesome! Walked into Keele University’s Blackwell’s yesterday and released squeals of writerly joy. A WHOLE shelf given over to the four Flame Tree books I have short stories in, along with a lovely little note underneath. They’re sat up there with the likes of ‘The Complete Tales and Poems of Edgar Allan Poe’, ‘Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland’ and ‘The Complete Cthulhu Mythos Tales’. Although I’ve always known they were ‘out there’ this is the first time I’ve ever personally seen them in the wild (before now I’ve just seen other people’s photos from far and yonder, which, while wonderful, don’t quite compare to seeing the real thing yourself), so this has been a major highlight of the week. Big thanks to Cathrene Rowell who, I’m sure, played a pretty big role in bringing this about. Continue reading “Spotted in the Wild”
This has been a month for contributor copies! Three different selections arrived in the post. There’s nothing quite like that feeling when you rip open a parcel to find your words in print under such beautiful cover art. The words ‘My Precious…’ come to mind.
Anyway, here they are. First, and most recent, are my copies of Robots & Artificial Intelligence Short Stories, another in Flame Tree’s growing Gothic Fantasy series. This book contains the revised version of my short SF-romance story, GOD is in the Rain (which first appeared in A Bleak New World by Raven International Publishing). I’m thrilled to be a part of this collection, appearing alongside such esteemed company as: Continue reading “September 2018”
I’ve only been writing for a few years so I’m not as prolific as many, that being said, despite a few bumps, this has been my most successful writing year so far! I’ve also read some fantastic fiction published by friends that has blown me away. All the best for 2018, everyone!
Slow inhale… I love the smell of contributor copies in the morning. These landed on the doorstep. Dark Luminous Wings contains my historical(ish) horror, ‘The Devil You Know’, as well as stories by an array of fantastic writers, including: Brian Trent, Gregory L. Norris, Claire Davon, Steven R. Southard, Jason J. McCuiston, Rebecca Gomez Farrell, Trisha J. Wooldridge, T.j. Perkins and more. Thanks to Kelly A. Harmon & Vonnie Winslow Crist for editing such a gorgeous anthology. Thrilled to be a part of it!
Gregory Norris has also kindly produced a blog post in which the contributing authors talk about what inspired each tale.
Two pieces of news this month. Firstly, my prize-winning story is officially published! Huzzah! 😁 Curiosus Cattus, which was selected as this year’s Northwich LitFest Short Story Competition winner, is out now in July’s edition of Ourtown magazine. It’s illustrated (eee!) AND the editor very kindly put in a mention for Paws Inn Rescue, Weaverham 😺, the residents of which inspired the story. They’re in need of donations so hopefully this will be some good PR for them. More information about the rescue can be found on their website.
Secondly, I’ve been doing the author happy dance because my historical cryptid short story, ‘Spring Heeled Jack: The Terror of London’ has been accepted for ‘Hidden Animals’ – an upcoming charity anthology by Dragon’s Roost Press which includes stories about cryptids (such as Bigfoot and the Loch Ness Monster) from around the globe.