Market News: ‘Brown Eyes’ sold to Bards & Sages Magazine

Pleased to have my dark fantasy short story, ‘Brown Eyes’, sold to Bards and Sages. An unusual piece that starts in the Museum of Antiquities in Cairo, and finishes on Queen’s Bridge over the Yarra in Melbourne. I believe it will be published in July 2018.

Market News: ‘How the Mighty Fall’ sold to Trickster’s Treats #1, ed. S Dillon

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Pleased to see my flash piece, ‘How the Mighty Fall’ joining an excellent TOC in Trickster’s Treats #1: Tales from the Pumpkin Patch, edited by Steve Dillon. All stories had to be 666 or less words – mine ended up something like 660. All the stories are grouped under sub themes – mine under ‘carnival’ which is apt for a Circus story…

The chap-book-sized title is on sale now:

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Market News: Journey to the Depths in Anemone Enemy anthology

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I am very much pleased to have my flash fiction piece, Journey to the Depths, included in Oscillate Wildly Press’ anthology, Anemone Enemy, edited by Claire Fitzpatrick. The anthology is a horror-themed collection of flash fiction stories associated with the sea – something I can’t resist. I have wonderful writers sharing the TOC with me, including Deborah Sheldon and Lee Pletzers.

Do yourself a favour and purchase this lovely book.

Market News: They Can Never Find Out

Double pleasure in this announcement. A story I published in an anthology a fair number of years ago has been picked up by Deadman’s Tome – their March to the Grave war-themed edition. Aside from seeing this story get a new lease on life, it is also great to share the TOC with Deborah Sheldon. This is a Texas publication, but it has two Aussies contributing to it.

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Red Roses, White Flags, by Pete Clark
No Man’s Land, by David Wing
A Light Just Out of Range, by Gary L. Robbe
They Can Never Find Out, by Gerry Huntman
The Blue Light, by Phoebe Reeves-Murray
Across the White Desert, by Deborah Sheldon
Aftermath, by Christopher Pulo

Available now on Kindle, and soon in all good online print book stores.

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.

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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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