Tuesday 26 July 2011

The Lurkers in the Abyss & Other Tales

My first collection of short stories, most of which were previously professionally published in magazines and anthologies here and in the United States, was set to be brought out by Midnight House. This project is now quite a few years old and, unable to contact John Pelan, the owner of Midnight House, and with its website down for the best part of a year now, I have reluctantly come to the conclusion that the book is not going to be brought out.

I had already turned down one alternative offer to publish this collection several years ago by Ex-Occidente. Since then, due to the delays from Midnight House, Johnny Mains, owner of Noose and Gibbet Press, has repeatedly urged me to let him publish it instead. Last night, recognising that my original arrangement with Midnight House appears to have died, I agreed. My collection will be published by Noose and Gibbet in the Spring/Summer of next year in hardback.

I am now going back to look over the stories which were originally to be in this collection and I will probably make a few alterations to the line up, probably substituting some newer ones.

I would like to thank Johnny for his kind offer and I look forward to working with him on this project, which I am confident at last will really happen.


  1. As I have already stated via facebook, the necessary link for ordering the item would be eagerly awaited.

  2. I'll post this as soon as Noose & Gibbet have one available. Many thanks for your support, Riju. It is really appreciated.

  3. Congratulations, David.

  4. Thanks, Des.
    It was a hard decision to ditch the idea of the Midnight House edition, but it does look as if it is unlikely ever to happen. And Johnny will do a fantastic job of it, I know. He already has a totally unexpected idea for the cover!