Welcome

Hi, my name is Gerry Huntman and I’m a writer of speculative fiction and publisher based in Melbourne, Australia.

“The Chronicles of Evyntyde” is reference to a series of books that I have planned, where the first novel, and part of the second, has already been drafted. This series’ concept is what started me seriously pursuing publication and a number of my sold short stories are set in this universe. Stay tuned on that front.

Ironically, while the Chronicles is a classic fantasy set of stories, I also have a deep love for dark fiction. Many of my blog posts will make that clear…

This blog site replaces a very longstanding site I had on another platform – I successfully ported nearly 250 posts from it, so if you are inclined, you can follow my journey now.

Welcome to my blog. I hope you stick around; I will be regularly posting reviews, views, and news.

Market News: Short Story, The Girl Who Floated To Heaven, published in Disturbed Digest #16

Delighted to have my short story, The Girl Who Floated to Heaven, published in Disturbed Digest #16. This one was hard to sell as it was recent historical in setting, having strong science fiction undertones, and was highly disturbing, covering topics such as domestic violence and suicide. And yet, it was also about unrequited love, and the editor who accepted my piece, stated that he thought it was primarily just that – a romance piece with all the other trappings. First time anyone called any of my pieces ‘romance’.

Regardless, I am over the moon to see this in print – hope you read it.

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Market News: Flash Fiction Story, Journey to the Depths, Included in Oscillate Wildly Press antho.

Pleased that my maritime flash piece, Journey to the Depths, was accepted for the Anemone Enemy anthology, to be published by Oscillate WIldly Press. I love writing ghost stories and so this was a pleasure to write – and as always, a little tougher to work through for sub 500 word fiction. Looking forward to seeing it in print.

Book Review: Riding the Centipede by John Claude Smith

NB. I was provided a copy of this book from the author as a result of a long standing friendship. He didn’t solicit a review.

I’ve read pretty much everything by Smith and for a good reason – he has a unique voice in the dark fiction writing world, and it is very effective. This is his first novel, and certainly one of the things I was looking for when reading it was the transition from short ficiton to substantial length pieces, particularly in terms of theme and style. When completing Riding the Centipede I was not disappointed – it has Smith’s style all over it and then some. It is an excellent work and deserved shortlisting in last year’s Stoker Awards.

Continue reading “Book Review: Riding the Centipede by John Claude Smith”

Market News: Flash Fiction Story, Roland’s Merry Christmas, Included in AHWA Anthology, Hell’s Bells

It is with pleasure that my flash fiction piece, Roland's Merry Christmas, is included with a wonderful group of flash fiction stories by notable and excellent writers – all of whom (myself included) are members of the Australian Horror Writers Association. The theme can easily be determined from the cover:

It is available in ebook format through Amazon and Smashwords.
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Maret News: Derelict published in Inner Sins Magazine

Happy to see a home for my short dark fiction piece, Derelict. It is set in the same fictional geography as a story I published in Tico4 years ago, and it was inspired by some thoughts about people who are down and out – what stories do they have? Anyway, glad to see this out and about.

Market News: Old Bones, Young Bones is published in The Refuge Collection

Pleased to have my psychological horror piece, Old Bones, Young Bones published in The Refuge Collection (6.2). It is the second story of mine that got into that great collaberative effort, edited by Steve Dillon.

This story is probably the most disturbing I have written yet, in part because it is inspired, and was partly re-told, from a real conversation I had when I was much younger  – and reality is the most disturbing of all things in this world.

It is currently available as a stand alone ebook, but it will later be incorporated in an anthology. This is the link to the stand alone – support this great cause!

Love the artwork by Will Jaques 🙂

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Market News: Gerald’s Memory House is published in The Refuge Collection

Very pleased to have two stories accepted for The Refuge Collection, a long running collaberative venture. Good causes and great company.

The first has been published: Gerald's Memory House – first in a stand alone ebook format, and soon to be added to a print version holding volumes 4 to 6 (this story is in Volume 5).

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Market News: ‘Old Bones, Young Bones’ will be published in The Refuge Collection

Very pleased to have my dark short story, 'Old Bones, Young Bones' accepted by The Refuge Collection (ed. S Dillon). Aside from proceeds going to a great cause, I am extremely appreciative of a publisher accepting a story covering very disturbing topics. This was meant to be, methinks. Thanks to Lee Murray for great copy editing.

Details on the project can be found here.
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Market News: ‘Gerald’s Memory-House’ to be published in The Refuge Collection

Very pleased to have my weird dark short story, 'The Memory-House' accepted by The Refuge Collection (ed. S Dillon). Aside from proceeds going to a great cause, it is a privilege to be added to an amazing collection of great authors who have already contributed.

Details on the project can be found here.
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