Folk Horror and NaNoWriMo

There seems to be a resurgence in this type of horror and when I wrote my short story The Way of the Mother (pub. Nosetouch Press’ The Fiends in the Furrows anthology), I hoped thatĀ people wouldn’t think I was jumping on any bandwagon. To this end, I did a trawl of my previous shorts and…

Book Review: Things You Need by Kevin Lucia

Originally posted on HorrorAddicts.net:
Things You Need – Kevin Lucia (Crystal Lake Publishing) 5/5 stars I enjoy collections and anthologies but with so many available these days, it takes something special for a new publication to rise above the herd and Lucia has achieved that. By cleverly intertwining the individual stories with the thread…

Spellbound

Spellbound is the latest exhibition at Oxford’s Ashmoleum Museum, running until early next year. I’d read a couple of articles about it in the press, and being in Oxford to visit the Oxford Brookes uni with my daughter, decided to try and visit it at the same time. Most articles said pre-book but I risked…

The DeadCades are coming …

As part of The Infernal Clock editing team (with David Shakes), I have spent a large part of this year gathering and editing stories for the third in the Clock’s time-themed anthologies. Previous books focussed on one day (The Infernal Clock, each story taking place in a specific hour) and set times of celebration (CalenDark,…

Who said Sunday was a Day of Rest?

Whoever it was – they lied. Have had a couple of days away from writing and the computer in order to celebrate my son’s graduation with a BA in Music at Plymouth University. He received his degree on The Hoe, although I’m not quite sure if it was exactly the same spot as where Sir…

Fiends in the Furrows … soon

After what felt like continual rounds of rejections this year – the vast majority so frustratingly close and more often than not turned down due to reasons of fit with other stories – it’s been nice to see something actually make it. My story, The Way of the Mother, is featured in this collection and…

Summoned

Another ghostly poem from my past. Summoned Silver slivers of moonlight Slice through naked branches Seeking out shades and shadows A spotlight on the world beyond Where death does not dwell in darkness But returns to display itself In the shape of an unquiet soul A spirit unseen, unheard, except By screech owl and demon…

Final Destination – A Poem

As fellow FlashDogs have gathered their flash fiction into collections, I’ve been delving back into mine and found a poem (entered for a flash comp but filed with stories rather than my poetry). It rhymes, which is something I don’t do much of these days, but I do like the first verse … The expected…