Shop Updated

I’ve updated the shop so it’s a little easier to navigate through. Each book now has its own page with the blurb and purchasing options. One thing, I’ve had to increase the price of books which are bought directly through this website. It was getting to the stage where for every book I was sending out, I was losing money instead of getting anything back. I completely understand if you choose to purchase through Amazon, your cash, your choice. I’m just glad that you want to get one of my books in the first place. I did look into trying to get a super-cheap way of sending books out, even below Amazon, but alas, it was not to be.


Mr Sucky is ready to come out of the cleaning closet

Back from FantasyCon, and it was an excellent time, though I may have kicked the arse out of it too early. Thursday night, around midnight, I was all set to go to bed when esteemed lady of horror, Tracy Fahey and I decided to have a couple more. Cue a half-three finish which set the tone for the next day. It meant that I was very weary on Saturday and flaked out early. Still, met loads of peeps, including my editor, CM Franklyn, so it was worth the hangovers. Anyway, my first book in nearly two years is ready to go. The Kindle file is uploaded and the physical version has been proofed, amended and a dozen of them have arrived at home this morning. They look amazing, but very different from your atypical 5×8 paperback. Expect a presale page going up soon if you fancy an early signed copy. Have a weekend off, (totally not playing Red Dead Redemption 2), before my one and only convention this year, Weekend of the Dead up in Manchester, then I batten down the hatches and get Don’t Smell The Flowers! They Want To Steal Your Bones finished up.

Take it easy.

Mr Sucky

Well it had to happen sooner or later, and after nearly two years I actually have a book ready to sling into the world. That book is novella/novel MR SUCKY, and will be released on Friday 2 November 2018, a day before I hit up the Weekend of the Dead convention in Manchester. It’s about serial killer Clive Beauchamp, who is about to make Angela Foxe his latest victim. Unfortunately, she has other ideas and murderer becomes murderee. An ancient evil intervenes but his instructions to a minion get misinterpreted, so instead of being reborn inside an avatar of unending might and power, his spirit is interred inside a vacuum cleaner, the titular MR SUCKY. Not wanting to let death get in his way, Clive decides to kill everyone involved, the only thing that can stop him isn’t a guest or member of staff, but a nagging voice inside his own head. It threatens to turn a simple case of revenge into a fight for his very existence.

Exciting stuff huh? This book marks a new direction for me, at least for the time being. Having decided what I enjoy writing, a mix of gore and comedy that I’ve labelled into my own genre called Gore-com (catchy eh?) this is the first release of a range of books that fit what I’m about, what I love writing and how I go about doing things. They aren’t going to be conventional books, not by any means, but for the first time since I started writing I am feeling comfortable inside my writer-skin. The lotion obviously helped, anyway…Kindle pre-order links are below along with the full paperback cover, expect more details in due course including physical pre-orders through my shoppy shop.

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Stories of the Dead is out!

After a year of waiting for submissions and then whittling them down to the TOC before putting the book together, STORIES OF THE DEAD, A TRIBUTE TO GEORGE A. ROMERO is finally out in the wild. It’s doing okay as well, was/is #1 Kindle New Release in both the UK and the US, which is cool. If you’re a fan of his work, it’s definitely worth checking out.

For me? I’m just glad it’s done. It takes up so much time putting these things together, that I can now officially state, 100%, that I am not putting together another charity anthology for some time. I’ve got a couple of short stories I owe, and then I’m going to rein them in too. Just spent the past eighteen months doing stuff that has been cool, but on reflection, not what I really want to do. I get a kick out of writing books, so I’m going to stick to that for the time being.

Speaking of which, I’m currently editing the third draft of MR SUCKY. It’s at this point it starts to come together properly for me, and one more read through after should leave it in a sufficient state for the wife to get stuck into it. It’s pretty silly, which is to be expected, but I’m hoping it’ll be out in a few months, pending on whether it works or not.

Anyway, for now, if you fancy picking up STORIES OF THE DEAD, links are below. Like TRAPPED WITHIN, I won’t be selling copies through my shop. Else no monies get to the charity, which seems a bit pointless.

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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.

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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!


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.


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: