Latest publication

Grift magazine, issue #2
My new crime short 'Market Strategy' has just been published in issue #2 of insurgent crime & mystery journal Grift magazine. This tale of market forces run amok occurred to me about ten years ago, while I was waiting for a job interview at a company that seemed to have no idea who I was.

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June 29th, 2013

A few odds and ends to report since the last news update. An original short story of mine, 'Market Strategy', has just been published in American crime journal Grift. The previous issue of this excellent magazine contained fiction from Ken Bruen, an interview with Lawrence Block, and a piece by Scott Phillips on the Factory novels of the late, great Derek Raymond -- so it should be worth checking out.

Also deserving of a mention are two reprints of mine, 'Usher' and 'The Kingdom of Grey', which appear in Spinetinglers and Allegory ezine respectively. Full details can be found on the Bibliography page.

Finally, news of a sale. I am proud to announce that a podcast of one of my most popular short stories, 'Thumbwood', will be available on American audiozine Pseudopod in the spring of 2014. The Forthcoming section of the site has been updated accordingly.

September 6th, 2012

And we're back in the room. It's been six months to the day since my last update, and I can only apologize for my lack of activity in this area. A great deal has been going on behind the scenes since then, very little of which involves short stories. If and when there is anything to report, visitors to this site will be the first to know.

Despite gradually moving away from the short form, several of my stories have been published in my absence. Full details can be found on the Bibliography page.

Happy reading ...

March 6th, 2012

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February 20th, 2012

SALE. Woke up this morning to the discovery that an automated email had found its way into my Inbox. I nearly deleted it. On closer inspection, it proved to be from Jeremy Zimmerman, editor of the grandly-titled Mad Scientist Journal, informing me that my story 'Losing It' will be reprinted in April's inaugural issue.

Mr Zimmerman goes on to reveal that I will be contacted in due course with 'a more formal letter and details'. I couldn't be happier. I always longed to be a Mad Scientist -- and this grimly jocular tale of nanobotics gone wrong, synthetically-engineered famine, and an End of the World scenario that may not be quite what it seems, gave me a chance to try on the lab coat. Brilliant.

January 21st, 2012

SALE. Received an email a few days ago from Brian A. Dixon, publisher at Fourth Horseman Press, informing me that Revelation magazine is coming off hiatus in the near future. There will be three more issues this year, with Revelation 4:2 slated to appear in the spring.

Dix goes on to reveal that, 'Revelation 4:3 will be released sometime this summer and the grand finale, Revelation 4:4, is being scheduled for that silly date of the Mayan apocalypse, 21 December 2012.'

After that, Revelation will -- sadly -- cease to exist.

The good news is that a reprint of my short horror story 'The Empire of Sleep' will be included in Revelation 4:2, with illustrations by Stephanie Rodriguez. Dix has also invited me to contribute material to the remaining issues, which I will definitely try to do.

December 18th, 2011

Off to the UK tomorrow to celebrate Christmas with the family, who I haven't seen since April. Can't wait.

Back in the New Year.

Have a good one ...

December 14th, 2011

This month sees the publication of my dark fantasy tale 'Battleground', which lines up alongside 36 other stories in the Wicked East Press anthology, Under the Stairs, edited by Jessica A. Weiss.

Despite my name being correctly spelled in the Proof Copy, 'Battleground' now appears to be credited to one David (rather than Davin) Ireland, both on Amazon and the Wicked East Press website.

This is not the worst oversight to occur in relation to my work, and it's certainly not the first time I've seen my real name and my pseudonym mysteriously change places between acceptance and publication; but it's worth mentioning in passing to save anybody who might have noticed the discrepancy the trouble of emailing me about it.

October 25th, 2011

Today sees the publication of my apocalyptic science fiction tale 'Engaging the Idrl', which is being reprinted in issue #14 of the magnificent South African online zine Something Wicked, edited by Joe Vaz.

Aside from his duties as editor and owner of Something Wicked, Joe is also a major acting talent, with a role in Pete Travis's upcoming Judge Dredd remake, Dredd 3D, which is due for release in September 2012. Check the entry on the IMDB site here.

You can read 'Engaging the Idrl' here for free. I'm also featured in this month's Writers Cornered section of the Something Wicked website. My interview with Joe Vaz can be found here.

October 11th, 2011

My period noir tale 'The Coldest Fish in the Barrel', which is set in early 1960s New York City, has just been published in Issue #1 of New Zealand multi-genre ezine Comets & Criminals, edited by Samuel Mae.

Although not quite, my sources tell me. The stories in each issue will be staggered over time (with mine appearing FREE on the 25th of this month), or as Samuel Mae puts it, 'we'll be releasing content from the issue week by week over the course of the quarter'.

'If you want to read the entire issue now,' Mae continues, '(and surely you do), you can purchase it from our store in one of three formats, for $2.99 (US). The three formats provided are .kobi, .epub, and .pdf. .kobi is the format for the Kindle, .epub is the format for Nook, Kobo, Sony Reader, iPad, iBooks, Adobe Digital and some other apps. If you donít have an e-reader, then .pdf is the format for you.'

So now you know. The site can visited here.

October 1st, 2011

Keep an eye out later this month for my apocalyptic tale 'Engaging the Idrl', which is being reprinted in issue #14 of South African online zine Something Wicked, edited by Joe Vaz.

This publication is gorgeous to look at, with high production values and great stories -- and it's cheap as chips, so buy one! This issue also carries a short interview with yours truly. The site can be found here.

In other news, the Wicked East Press anthology Under the Stairs, which contains my dark fantasy tale 'Battleground', has undergone its third proofing and is now edging toward publication.

September 26th, 2011

3rd Quarter reading:

  • Oliver Twist ~ Charles Dickens
  • Written on the Body ~ Jeanette Winterson *
  • The Digital Plague ~ Jeff Somers
  • The Child in Time ~ Ian McKewan **
  • When the Lights Went Out: Britain in the Seventies ~ Andy Beckett
  • True Grit ~ Charles Portis
  • Full Dark, No Stars ~ Stephen King
  • Tai-Pan ~ James Clavell
  • The Histories ~ Herodotus
  • Zodiac ~ Robert Graysmith
  • Bloggs 19 ~ Tony Thompson
  • Rise of the Footsoldier ~ Carlton Leach
  • Londonstani ~ Gautam Malkani
*    2nd reading
**    2nd attempt

August 8th, 2011

SALE. Received an email on Saturday morning from Samuel Mae, editor of Comets & Criminals, a new multi-genre ezine hailing from New Zealand, informing me that he would like to buy a reprint of my noir crime short 'The Coldest Fish in the Barrel'.

This is just the news I had been waiting for. I have never sold a story to a New Zealand publication before, but having placed one of my tales with South African ezine and podcaster, Something Wicked last month (another new market), I was feeling optimistic. It turns out that my optimism was well placed.

I can also report that the contracts have already been exchanged and payment made. The copy edits, I am informed, are due in 'a week or so'. Best of all, my story is scheduled to appear in the inaugrual issue of Comets & Criminals this coming October.

Check out the site here.

July 27th, 2011

Congratulations to fellow novelist and stablemate at the Eve White Literary Agency, Yvette Edwards, whose debut novel A Cupboard Full of Coats was nominated on Tuesday for the Man Booker prize 2011.

This is a remarkable achievement, especially because few people had heard of Ms Edwards prior to April of this year. Now, just three short months after her book was published by independent publisher Oneworld, she has made the thirteen-strong Booker longlist.


The Guardian Online comments that: 'The list includes novels which failed to make it on to the radar of newspaper literary editors, among them Yvvette Edwards's A Cupboard Full of Coats, which was not resources by any national title.'

The official shortlist will be announced on Tuesday 6 September, with the winner to be revealed at a ceremony on Tuesday 18 October. Good luck to A Cupboard Full of Coats.

Read the full story here.

July 9th, 2011

SALE. I am delighted to report that a reprint of a favourite story of mine, 'Engaging the Idrl', has just been bought by Joe Vaz, editor of the quality South African ezine and podcaster, Something Wicked.

I am thrilled to bits by this. Something Wicked is a gorgeous-looking, professionally produced publication, and will be carrying my story in the December 2011 issue. So that's another $40 for the retirement fund.

In other news, Andrew Holt, editor of American online publication Independent Ink Magazine, recently updated me on that status of my story 'Aster Road', which has been bumped from Issue 2 to Issue 3.

July 5th, 2011

SALE. My dark fantasy short story 'Battleground' has been accepted for publication in the upcoming Wicked East Press anthology Under The Stairs, edited by Jessica A. Weiss.

The turnaround time on this piece is pretty impressive. Sixteen hours in all, from submission to acceptance, and that includes provision of the contract. That doesn't quite break the all-time record held by my fellow author and editor James Cooper, however, who accepted my story 'Something Bad' for his 2006 Dark Doorways anthology in an astonishing four hours.

Mind you, sixteen hours is still pretty remarkable.

June 26th, 2011

2nd Quarter reading:

  • Dead I Well May Be by Adrian McKinty
  • The Orchard Keeper by Cormac McCarthy
  • Rough Country by John Sandford
  • A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens
  • Darkly Dreaming Dexter by Jeff Lindsay
  • The Iliad by Homer
  • Falling Angel by William Hjortsberg
  • Bad Things Happen by Harry Dolan
  • The Strain by Guillermo de Toro & Chuck Hogan
  • Buried Prey by John Sandford
  • The Passage by Justin Cronin
  • Sunset Park by Paul Auster

June 20th, 2011

I am deeply saddened to hear that rock 'n' roll lost one of its true showmen at the weekend. Clarence 'Big Man' Clemons, a wicked tenor sax player and founding member of the E-Street Band, passed away on Saturday due to complications following a serious stroke earlier in the month.

A larger than life character, Clemons married five times, sired four children, and enjoyed a blockbuster career that spanned over four decades. My own personal memory of Clarence goes back to the summer of 1985 and the European leg of Bruce Springsteen's mammoth Born in the USA Tour. Myself and my friend Chris, a pair of callow teenagers at the time, had travelled up to London to join 90,000 other fans for an open-air concert in the old Wembley Stadium.

The occasion was given added poignancy because of the date: July 4th, American Independence Day, and the band didn't disappoint. Bruce and the boys scorched through a blistering three-hour set that included such highlights as Seeds, Trapped, Proved it All Night, Two Hearts, and my own personal favourite, Thunder Road.

Clarence cut a towering figure on stage. Dressed from head to foot in white, the only exceptions being his zebra-striped jacket and the white-framed sunglasses he wore, he looked like something from another world. His six-foot-four inch frame gained a couple more unnecessary inches on account of his hair, which was shaped into the angular flat-top style of the day. He was obviously having the time of his life, grinning from ear to ear throughout most of the set and playing vibrantly and with total commitment every chance he got.

When the time came for Bruce to aboutduce the band, Clarence got the biggest cheer of the evening -- bigger than the rest of the band put together, now that I think of it, and something tells me this was no exception. It was a memorable day and an unforgettable concert, and I'm so glad I was a part of it. What a shame there won't be any more like it.

Clarence Anicholas Clemons, saxophonist, member of the E-Street Band;
Born 11 January 1942, died 18 June 2011

June 18th, 2011

Came across some unexpected news on the site of The Bookseller this morning that really astounded me. In an article titled 'Global publishing back on front foot', Philip Jones states that the 'world's largest publishers have begun growing again after weathering the global recession over the past three years'.

Jones goes on to reveal that the Annual Ranking of Global Publishing Performance calculated that 'publishing revenues in 2010 have overtaken the total revenues for 2008 and 2009', which I can only view as an encouraging development considering the atmosphere of gloom and doom that has surrounded the industry of late.

Anyone with a love of books, or who is interested in the state of modern publishing, should make a point of checking out this fascinating article, which is free to view at The Bookseller.

June 16th, 2011

With the news that Estebanís House of Bizarro is set to be reincarnated later on in the year as a Kindle anthology, I thought I'd mention a few other recent Kindle anthologies in which my stories have appeared, to wit: Day Terrors, War of the Worlds: Frontlines, Speculative Realms, and Badass Horror.

They range in price from $4.59 to $9.19, which is roughly the price of a cup of gourmet coffee and a piece of cake, right? So how about no gourmet coffee and a piece of my brain? How does that sound? You'll thank me the next time you stand on those bathroom scales.

Day Terrors
War of the Worlds: Frontlines
Speculative Realms Badass Horror
Buy Buy Buy Buy

June 13th, 2011

Received an encouraging email this morning. Esteban Silvani, editor of Estebanís House of Bizarro, formerly a part of Dark Recesses Press, got in touch to let me know that the publication is returning later this year in the form of a Kindle anthology.

This is excellent news. It means my story 'Thumbwood', no longer accessible on the Dark Recesses website, will get a second outing. It also means I'll be getting paid, long after I'd given up hope of seeing any money for my work.

Speaking of things Kindle, I'll be posting a roundup on that front in the next day or two, so be sure to check back for updates.

June 9th, 2011

The career development hinted at in yesterday's post concerns representation. I am delighted to share with you the news that I have now signed for a new literary agent, namely the wonderful and talented Eve White, head of the Eve White Literary Agency.

I was fortunate enough to have received a number of offers during the spring, but after meeting Eve for a couple of hours on the evening prior to the Royal Wedding, there was really only one person in it. The agency's details can be found on the Contact page of this website.

I can also reveal that the title of my new novel is Resonance, the manuscript of which will be going out to publishers sometime over the next few weeks.

June 8th, 2011

SALE. Continuing with the rollout of backlogged items, I am pleased to report that my semi-autobiographical short story 'Aster Road' has been bought by American general fiction ezine, Independent Ink Magazine. Publication date TBA. As always, the Forthcoming section of the site has been updated accordingly.

Also, please check back tomorrow for a promising career development ...

June 6th, 2011

Okay, back again. Plenty to report since putting the website on hiatus for a while, which means I'll be rolling out the backlogged news items over the next few days. Let's start with a quick roundup of the loose ends.

The Harrow Press's long-awaited Day Terrors anthology has now been published. My contributor's copy arrived by post on February 26th, and a very handsome-looking package it is, too.

A week later, three more contributor's copies dropped through the letterbox, this time courtesy of Solander, the magazine of the Historical Novel Society, which carries my coming-of-age tale, 'Hide'.

Both items have now been added to the Bibliography section of the website.

That's it for now. More on the way ...

February 5th, 2011

Taking a break from the website for a while.
Back in the spring ...