'The Kingdom of Grey' accepted for publication
A reprint of my short story 'The Kingdom of Grey' has just sold to the upcoming Strange Aeon 2021: Fearful Wisdom anthology, edited by Matthew Keaton. This book is the follow-up to last year's Strange Aeon 2020: Lovecraftian Tales anthology, which is available on Amazon. There's no word on a publication date as yet, but if previous form is a guide, this latest installment in the series could make an appearence as early as September.
After fifteen years of the same website, I've decided that the time has come for an overhaul. And this is it. Out goes the clunky, static, no-size-fits-all website I built back in the day, in comes this shiny new redesign created with the help of an automated software package. Considerably lighter on graphics, the current offering is direct and uncomplicated yet still offers many of these same features. Input welcome.
02 August, 2021
19 April, 2018
MetaStellar accepts 'Losing It' for publication
I was very happy to receive a rapid acceptance from Marie Ginga, Reprint Editor at MetStellar webzine, today. 'Losing It' will be published on the website on the 25th of this month, which is in two days' time.
22 August, 2021
A reprint of my dark fantasy short 'Thumbwood' was published in FLASH ON THE BORDERLANDS XX: The Tyranny Of Objects, a quarterly showcase for audio zine Pseudopod, all the way back in September of 2015. This tale of a Ministry of Defence investigation into strange phenomena manifesting in an abandoned rural property is edited and voiced by Shawn Garrett. For an improved listening experience, you might like to download the PDF file so you can read along whilst listening to the narration.
Shawn begins reading at 03:30
30 September, 2018
'Human Waste' sells to Black Cat Mystery Magazine
I'm delighted to report that my new short story 'Human Waste' has sold to Black Cat Mystery Magazine. Editor Michael Bracken got in touch earlier this month to inform me that the story was being held for a second reading. Word of the acceptance came in today. This is a major coup. BCMM is a rising market player, and publication in this sterling periodical is more than welcome.
'Engaging the Idrl' sells to Jay Henge Publishing
I received a very nice email today from Jessica Augustsson, Editor-in-Chief at Jay Henge Publishing, asking if it would be okay to publish a reprint of my apocalyptic science fiction short story 'Engaging the Idrl' in an upcoming anthology titled (deep breath) Professor Feiff's Compleat Pocket Guide to Xenobiology for the Galactic Traveller on the Move: Containing Divers Works Hitherto Unpublished by Scholars of Moderne Sciences, Herbarisme and Exoticks, with Thorough Explication of Chymicall Principles Terrestrial and Alien.
Now, that's quite a title. Needless to say, I accepted the offer at once. Interestingly, I'd initially submitted 'Idrl' to Jessica's Titanic Terastructures anthology, so this constitutes a minor (but nonetheless intriguing) adjustment.
'The Empire of Sleep' to Input/Output Enterprises
I received word this morning from Katherine Emily, Managing Editor at Input/Output Enterprises, that she is purchasing the reprint rights for my short story 'The Empire of Sleep' for Volume I of the upcoming And the Dead Shall Sleep no More anthology. Publication date is set for Halloween of this year.
'Wet Work' sells to Mystery Weekly Magazine
Sunday morning started with a welcome email from Kerry Carter, editor of the prestigious Canadian periodical Mystery Weekly Magazine, informing me that my crime short 'Wet Work' has been bought for publication in a future issue. I am especially pleased because this was my first attempt at selling a story to this market. The official Mystery Weekly Magazine website can be accessed here.
24 October 2021
23 October 2021
13 October 2021
11 September 2021
' The Empire of Sleep' published
Halloween this year sees a reprint of my short story 'The Empire of Sleep' published in the And the Dead Shall Sleep no More anthology, brought to you by Input/Output Enterprises and edited by Katherine Emily. Click here to visit the Short Fiction section of the website for information on where to buy.
31 October 2021
' Combustible Eden' sells to Starry-Eyed Press
I'm pleased to report that a reprint of my short story 'Combustible Eden' has just sold to the Starry-Eyed Press in America. This is a second weekend in a row that an apocalyptic science-fiction tale of mine has landed a spot in an upcoming SF anthology. The title of this one is One-Way-Ticket to Epsilon Eridani. More information can be found on the publisher's website here.
8 May 2022
'The Kingdom of Grey' published
Today sees the publication of my short story 'The Kingdom of Grey' in the Strange Aeon: Orbital Lovecraft anthology, edited by Matthew Keaton. See the Short Fiction section of this website for buying options.
1 October 2021
' Battleground' snapped up by Tales to Terrify
I'm pleased to report that a reprint of my short horror story 'Battleground' was snapped up earlier today by the Tales to Terrify podcast. The sale took exactly 7 hours and 51 minutes from submission to acceptance. I can't wait for this. Fiction Editor Meredith Morgernstern assures me in a follow-up email that they'll be looking for ' ... the creepiest narrator we can find to do it justice.' Good stuff.
18 November 2021
'Losing It' published
Today marks the publication of my short story 'Losing It' in MetaStellar webzine. Just click here and you'll be redirected straight to the story.
25 October 2021
' Wet Work' published
Today marks the publication of my crime short story 'Wet Work' in the latest issue of Mystery Magazine (formerly known as Mystery Weekly Magazine). The tag line runs like this: 'Shane Decker and two of his criminal cohorts sit in a darkened van parked in the dead space between streetlights, watching a large Victorian property and waiting for the moment they can break in and rob the place. But there's a surprise in store.' See the Short Fiction section of the website for purchasing information.
01 February 2022
' Growing Season' accepted and published
In an astonishingly rapid turnaround, editor of Dark Horses magazine Wayne Kyle Spitzer accepted a reprint of my short horror story 'Growing Season' and then published it in the inaugural issue just three days later. See the Short Fiction section of the website for purchasing information.
' The March Wind' sells to Etherea Magazine
I'm very happy to share the news that a reprint of my short story 'The March Wind' has sold to Australian science fiction and fantasy publication Etherea Magazine. Editor Aidan Wilson praised the tale for its mixture of bleakness and hope (albeit with the promise of an imperfect future), and will be publishing it in the next issue. I'm particularly pleased about this because the current issue contains a reprint of Jay Caselberg's magnificent 'Harvest Rain', a story I read all the way back in the June 2003 issue of Interzone and have carried around inside of me ever since. Illustrious company indeed.
15 February 2022
04 February 2022
' The March Wind' published
Today sees the publication of a reprint of my post-apocalyptic short story 'The March Wind' in Issue #7 of Australian science fiction and fantasy e-zine Etherea Magazine. Copies can be purchased direct from the publisher here.
15 February 2022
' Intervention' sells to Mystery Tribune
Turned on the computer this morning to find an email from the editors at Mystery Tribune magazine informing me that they are buying my short mystery story 'Intervention'. What an excellent way to start a rainy Wednesday. Previous contributors include Walter Mosley, Lawrence Block, Mickey Spillane, Dan Fiore, Josh Pachter, Reed Farrel Coleman, and Edgar Award-winner Lynne Barrett.
16 March 2022
' Usher' sells to Age of Artifice anthology
Just received word from the editorial team at Dragon Soul Press that a reprint of my apocalyptic short story 'Usher' has sold to their upcoming Age of Artifice anthology. This is welcome news at a difficult time, and a lovely way to celebrate the Bank Holiday weekend. Copies available for preorder here soon. The anthology is edited by J. E Feldman.
1 May 2022