Tuesday, 31 March 2015

Gingernuts of Horror - Attacked for publishing honest reviews!

http://gingernutsofhorror.com/
Oh bloody hell, this is terrible. When will people grow up? A review is one person's opinion - and they are entitled to it. How can anyone write honest reviews if this is the consequence?

Writers who send in their books to be reviewed can blame no one but themselves if what they have written and had published isn't up to standard. Either man-up and accept what someone's opinion of your book is or stop hawking it around in the wild hope of getting a sycophantic and probably unrealistic review. Everyone is entitled to their opinion. It's a disgrace that an author either encourages or fails to curb the activities of their so-called fans in having a vendetta against any reviewer.

Friday, 27 March 2015

My copies of Their Cramped Dark World Arrive


It was great yesterday to have a parcel delivered containing copies of my latest collection of short stories from Hazardous Press: Their Cramped Dark World and Other Tales, with a truly splendid cover by the very talented British artist, Luke Spooner.

Amazon.co.uk

Amazon.com


The stories included in this collection are:

Hoody (first published in When Graveyards Yawn, Crowswing Books, 2006)
A Bottle of Spirits (first published in New Writings in Horror & the Supernatural 2, 1972)
No Sense in Being Hungry, She Thought (first published in Peeping Tom #20, 1996)
Now and Forever More (first published in The Second Black Book of Horror, 2008)
Romero's Children (first published in The Seventh Black Book of Horror, 2010)
Swan Song (first published in the Ninth Black Book of Horror, 2012)
The Farmhouse (first published in New Writings in Horror & the Supernatural 1, 1971)
The Last Coach Trip (first published in The Eighth Black Book of Horror, 2011)
The Satyr's Head (first published in The Satyr's Head & Other Tales of Terror, 1975)
Their Cramped Dark World (first published in The Sixth Black Book of Horror, 2010)


Wednesday, 18 March 2015

Dead Water by David A. Sutton and Leinster Gardens by Jan Edwards, Alchemy Press

Two lovely looking books arrived in the post today from The Alchemy Press: Dead Water and Other Weird Tales by David Sutton and Leinster Gardens and Other Subtleties by Jan Edwards. I did the introduction for Dead Water, so it wouldn't be appropriate for me to review that, but I do intend to read and review Leinster Gardens.

Tuesday, 17 March 2015

Kitchen Sink Gothic - Table of Contents so far

1964 by Franklin Marsh
Derek and the Sun-Spots by Andrew Darlington
Daddy Giggles by Stephen Bacon
Black Sheep by Gary Fry
Jamal Comes Home by Benedict J. Jones
Waiting by Kate Farrell
Lilly Finds a Place to Stay by Charles Black
The Mutant's Cry by David A. Sutton
The Sanitation Solution by Walter Gascoigne
Up and Out of Here by Mark Patrick Lynch
Late Shift by Adrian Cole
Sweetheart by Selene MacLeod





               

Room at the Top, Zombies and Kitchen Sink Gothic

In between reading submissions for Kitchen Sink Gothic I've also been rereading a number of key kitchen sink novels. Imagine my surprise to come across this opening paragraph from one of the most famous:

I came to Warley on a wet September morning with the sky the grey of Guiseley sandstone. I was alone in the compartment. I remember saying to myself: "No more zombies, Joe, no more zombies".

It's not the last reference to zombies either which, in John Braine's novel, Room at the Top, long before George Romero used them as a metaphor for consumerism, are referenced by Joe Lampton for the kind of people he utterly despises. Curiously, it was John Braine's second and far less well known novel, The Vodi, recently reprinted by Valancourt Books that I was given the inspiration for Kitchen Sink Gothic.


Monday, 16 March 2015

Luke Spooner Interview

The artist, Luke Spooner, who created the brilliantly evocative cover for my latest short story collection from Hazardous Press, Their Cramped Dark World and Other Tales, has an insightful interview in Freeze Frame Fiction.

"Our next interview is with our artist, Luke Spooner. His work has appeared in all of our volumes so far. Luke creates art under two names: Carrion House for his darker work, and Hoodwink House for children’s books. He believes that the job of putting someone else’s words into a visual form, to accompany and support their text, is a massive responsibility as well as being something he truly treasures. Find out more at his website, carrionhouse.com, or on his Facebook page." To read the interview click here.

Friday, 6 March 2015

Youtube trailer for Black Ceremonies by Charles Black


This is a great youtube trailer for Charles Black's collection of short stories from Parallel Universe Publications, Black Ceremonies.

 Trailer by Anna Taborska. Music by Kevin MacLeod. Artwork by Paul Alexander Mudie

trade paperback: 

Amazon.co.uk (£6.91)
Amazon.com ($9.88)

ebook:

Amazon.co.uk  (£1.99)
Amazon.com ($3.01)

Their Cramped Dark World and Other Tales - kindle version already up for pre-order

I see that the kindle edition of my next collection of stories from Hazardous Press, Their Cramped Dark World and Other Tales, is already up for pre-order on Amazon .It's due for publication on Monday.



Wednesday, 4 March 2015

Pandaemonian - Scribbles on the Pan Book of Horror Stories Collection


For anyone interested in the Pan Books of Horror I have just come across a great site, which covers all of the books, their stories and covers: Pandaemonian - Scribbles on the Pan Book of Horror Stories Collection.

I particularly liked the write-up of the Eleventh Pan Book of Horror Stories, since I had a story in that one:



THE LURKERS IN THE ABYSS
By David A. Riley

Ian Redford is making his way home from the library after dark when he encounters a group of youths looking for trouble.  Following a brief but violent struggle he breaks free, but is chased into a graveyard.  Taking refuge in a disused building, he soon discovers there are worse things in the world than fist-wielding thugs. 

A quality piece of writing this one, with Riley effortlessly creating a threateningly sinister town, Pire, set in a dystopian not too distant future.  Marvelously evocative descriptive prose abounds with much of the narrative a remember-to-breathe-when-reading roller-coaster ride. 

The Lurkers, when they finally put in an appearance are a truly loathsome bunch, and I should not be surprised if they turned up in some of the author’s subsequent writing.  Indeed, I think may actively go seeking them out. 

If I do have a criticism of the story, it is that old chestnut: characterisation.  For although the author does attempt to imbue Redford with some character – he reads “Escapist fiction” to help escape the monotony of his daytime job, and we learn he is saving hard for a car – ultimately I found it difficult to engage with the running man.

But this is a minor quibble with a really rather memorable yarn.


Tuesday, 3 March 2015

Goblin Mire reviewed by Simon Ives on the British Fantasy Society website


There's an excellent review of Goblin Mire by Simon Ives on the British Fantasy Society website.

"Had enough of trying to get your brain round the latest sci-fi epic, chockfull of phantasmagoria?  The sort that leaves you, well, frankly confused about what you have just read?  Then jump aboard this roller coaster of a tale, firmly grounded in old style fantasy and primarily told from the viewpoint of goblins and elves."

Click on this - review - to read the full version.

 Trade paperback

Amazon.co.uk  £8.99

Amazon.com   $12.00

Kindle:

Amazon.co.uk £2.97

Amazon.com $4.50

Monday, 2 March 2015

Their Cramped Dark World and Other Tales - Hazardous Press

http://www.hazardouspress.com/

I just learned today that Thei r Cramped Dark World and Other Tales, my second short story collection from Hazardous Press will be published on Monday the 8th March.

My first was His Own Mad Demons.



The stories included in Their Cramped Dark World will be:

Hoody (first published in When Graveyards Yawn, Crowswing Books, 2006)
A Bottle of Spirits (first published in New Writings in Horror & the Supernatural 2, 1972)
No Sense in Being Hungry, She Thought (first published in Peeping Tom #20, 1996)
Now and Forever More (first published in The Second Black Book of Horror, 2008)
Romero's Children (first published in The Seventh Black Book of Horror, 2010)
Swan Song (first published in the Ninth Black Book of Horror, 2012)
The Farmhouse (first published in New Writings in Horror & the Supernatural 1, 1971)
The Last Coach Trip (first published in The Eighth Black Book of Horror, 2011)
The Satyr's Head (first published in The Satyr's Head & Other Tales of Terror, 1975)
Their Cramped Dark World (first published in The Sixth Black Book of Horror, 2010)

Kitchen Sink Gothic - first acceptances

Linden and I have made our first nine acceptances for Kitchen Sink Gothic, filling 113 pages. We won't be making the rest till after the end of May, which is the deadline for submissions.

So far we have stories by Franklin Marsh, Andrew Darlington, Stephen Bacon, Gary Fry, Benedict J. Jones, Kate Farrell, Charles Black, David A. Sutton and Walter Gascoigne. 

Saturday, 21 February 2015

Penny Dreadful

I must admit I did not initially expect to like this TV series, but after hearing a number of positive comments about Penny Dreadful from people whose judgement I respect say how much they liked it I decided to give it a chance and ordered copies of the DVD from Lovefilm. I am so glad I did. It's a wonderful series, with some excellent acting, intelligently-written scripts, amazingly atmospheric sets and some of the best music I have heard for a TV series for ages. I am about two thirds of the way through the first series now and am impressed at how cleverly the various horror icons have been interwoven, from Frankenstein, Dracula, Dorian Grey, etc., so much better than in any recent movie.