Quick update on stuff and thangs

Been a while, but I’ve been a little busy. Have cleared my short story list, bar two, which I am looking to finish up in the coming weeks. Once they’re done I am not going to be writing any for the foreseeable future. As much fun as they are, and that’s a relative word, they’re taking up time which I feel is better spent on writing books, whole books with my name on the front. So as such, once these two are done I am hanging up my short story pen (totally not a real pen). Stories of the Dead is all but finished up, am hoping to get a physical copy ready for proofing in the next few days. Much like my short stories, once this is out there I am not going to be doing another one for some time. They just take up so much time, which I need to be spending on my own stuff.

So onto other projects. CANNIBAL NUNS FROM OUTER SPACE! is back from the editor and has been submitted to a small press. I’m not envisaging it’ll get picked up and given my timescale of when I want this released (it’s a summer blockbuster film in my mind) I can’t see it being released until 2019 at this rate. Not the end of the world as I want it to be spot on.

I have been working on a new novella called MR SUCKY, which I hope will be out in the next few months. It’s been far too long since my last book, CHUMP came out, so am itching to get something out there. It’s a silly book about a serial killer who gets killed and his soul interred inside of a vacuum cleaner. He’s keen on finishing what he started, so the murderous rampage resumes anew. Am two or three chapters from finishing, and even have the cover artist lined up, so keep your eyes peeled for that.

Finally, I’ll leave you with this. At one point last weekend four anthologies I have a story in were numbers one to four in the Amazon horror anthology charts. I’ll take that. If I’m going to park that part of my writing at least it’s at a time when the projects my work is in, are doing well.

Until next time.

Stories of the Dead

I honestly think that without George A. Romero, I wouldn’t be interested in zombies, and I would never have wanted to start writing. So when he died last year, I wanted to do something, but had no idea what. I wrote a piece for the Confessions of a Reviewer site and thought that was that. It was not long after I had released the charity anthology, Trapped Within, and was determined to never do one ever again. So when David Owain Hughes messaged me with an idea he had, a charity anthology as a tribute to Romero, I told him to fuck off. Politely. Then I thought about it, and within ten minutes or so, I’d messaged back saying that it was a helluva idea, and one that we should do. Roll on nine months and here we are, 18 stories, an introduction by Cameron Romero, and some other cool things that we’ll be revealing closer to release. You can now pre-order the Kindle version through the links below, and here’s the cover, done by the rather cool Kevin Enhart. All proceeds are going to the American Cancer Society, and my story, WGON TV: You’re On The Air, adds in some detail to part of one of my favourite films ever, Dawn of the Dead. It’ll be shambling on sale on Friday 29 June 2018.

UK – bit.ly/StoriesoftheDeadUK
US – bit.ly/StoriesoftheDeadUS

Number One, progress report, STAT

Hello! Been a pretty productive year so far, a number of short stories in the bag, and I’ve finally finished SUMMONED, my bizarro multiple-ending novel, following edit suggestions I got back in December. Will see what happens with that one, but one of the new endings is probably one of the finest things I’ve ever written. Watch this space. So now I’m going to finish up the remaining short stories left to do, before getting back to DEADLOCK. However, in the meantime, I’m also rocking the edits for the George A. Romero Tribute anthology that David Owain Hughes and I are putting together. Also…(I know) I’ve also just started work on a new book, which I’m co-writing with someone else. All will be revealed in due course, as I want to get it up and running first, so don’t wanna jinx it. Anyway, in the meantime, I was asked to write and perform a flash fiction piece for the wonderful peeps at Good Morning Zompoc. I used the opportunity to introduce a character I wrote for their upcoming anthology, THE QUEUING DEAD. So, without further ado, have a look at this, HERE’S NIGEL!

Toodle-pip

What the hell?

It’s February already? Man, January sure flew by, been pretty busy on the writing front. First up, the Romero tribute anthology that David Owain Hughes and I are putting together is getting there, the TOC is selected, just need to sort the charity out, and a few other little bits and pieces before we start the edits. From my own personal point of view, I’m currently working through the short stories I’ve been asked to do. I started off needing to do five, and I finished the third one a few days back, good news, except I’ve somehow agreed to another two, although one of those is only a flash piece. So hoping to get them sorted soon so I can put them on the back burner until year end, and focus on my own books. Will be updating everyone on this soon enough, as had a few little ideas for Cannibal Nuns From Outer Space! which may or may not work…we’ll see.

TTFN

VS: Extreme

What will probably be the final new story from me in 2017, SOLID FOUNDATIONS, is out now! Contained within the VS: EXTREME charity anthology, published by Shadow Work Publishing, this is seriously the most disgusting thing I’ve ever written. It has made a number of people dry retch, it is that bad. But if you like extreme horror, or just fancy reading something a bit out of your comfort zone, go snag it:

mybook.to/VSX

Not quite done…

2017 may be in its final throes, but I still have a couple of short stories which are waiting to be released. One is GLASSJAW, my wrestling themed story (honest), which is in Adam Howe’s WRESTLE MANIACS anthology. This now has a release date, Friday 1 December, and you can pre-order it now via the links below. It’s Kindle only at the moment, but I’m sure there will be a dead tree version at some point. The TOC in this is nothing short of stellar, and I’m ecstatic to be in with such illustrious company. Go bag it now, and enjoy a rather different anthology.

UK – bit.ly/WrestleManiacsUK
US – bit.ly/WrestleManiacsUS

In the next few weeks, I’ll be updating my shop with some new stuff, and a few bundles for those who want to bag themselves a bargain.

Gal in the Blue Mask Interviews

Very cool to have been interviewed by Meghan, over on her Gal in the Blue Mask blog. It’s a two-for-one deal, as not only do you get to read my witterings, but also Detective Norton, from my time-spanning, historical EPIC novel, heXagram. Can’t complain with that now, eh?


From me…

https://the-gal-in-the-blue-mask.blogspot.co.uk/2017/11/the-gals-2017-halloween-frivolities-day.html

…and from Detective Norton.

https://the-gal-in-the-blue-mask.blogspot.co.uk/2017/11/the-gals-2017-halloween-frivolities-day_48.html

This week I have been mostly…

Greetings! Been an odd week, only three days at work but had to do a couple of midnight finishes. Still, Friday now and I can crack on with the weekend. First up, I’ve written a new short story, I would give you the title, but I haven’t settled on it yet. It currently has three, and I am editing it some more this afternoon where I should hopefully get a better handle on it. It’s going to be submitted to a cool anthology, I’m not 100% it’ll get in, but if not, it’ll be used for something else.

Which brings me on neatly to number two. Not THAT number two. I’m working on getting a newsletter sorted out, seems to be the sensible thing to do. Every quarter I’ll send summat out, which will have excerpts from works in progress, a short story maybe? Chances to win stuff, and a section given over to the pink hatted marvel, that is BOOK PIMP. I’ll also chuck in an exclusive e-Book, called MIXED SIGNALS, which will contain a mix of published short stories, and a couple of exclusive ones just for subscribers.

Finally…I’ve written a short story called GLASSJAW, which is going to be inside a wrestling (yes, wrestling) themed anthology, which should be out before years end. The line up is pretty damn cool, and my offering is one of the best things I’ve ever written. Biased? Maybe, but I’m also my harshest critic, and I LOVE this story. Here’s the cover, to whet your appetite. Until next week.