Sing Your Sadness Deep reviewed in Japan

As some of you may know I'm a huge fan of Japan, especially Japanese fiction, so it's especially exciting to know that my book (which is now a year old...!) is being read in Japan. The review over at Bookdog is in Japanese, and I'm excited to be able to understand most of it: どの短編にも、痛みや悲しみが描かれています。そのつらさを自分の一部として受け入れる主人公もいれば、耐え切れず、自分を見失う主人公や、自然を超えたなにかにすがる主人公もいる。確かにどの話もウィアード(人じゃないものもたくさん出てくる)なのですが、それでいて、とても人間的… Continue reading Sing Your Sadness Deep reviewed in Japan

Ptichka, read by Daniel Pietersen

Daniel Pietersen wonderfully reads my short story Ptichka as part of his ongoing series of readings. You can hear the reading over on SoundCloud, and read his accompanying commentary here. Of Ptichka, Daniel says: Ptichka, which means “little bird” in Russian, is not an easy story to read. It talks powerfully about the structural violence… Continue reading Ptichka, read by Daniel Pietersen

Microfiction: Strange Dreams Compilation pt. II

Part I can be viewed here. More compiled Twitter microfictions from the world of strange dreams.   1. When you arrive at last at the summit, you realise it is not a frozen lake at all, but an enormous looking-glass. You press your palm to its bright surface and it is warm, sunlit, smooth beneath… Continue reading Microfiction: Strange Dreams Compilation pt. II

Microfiction: Strange Dreams compilation part I

In a bid to lift a few spirits during these challenging days, I've been offering microfiction over on Twitter. I do this every now and again; previous themes have seen tiny ghosts and mysterious creatures haunting twitter, and this time I'm working on the theme of strange, forgotten dreams. It's an ongoing project, but over… Continue reading Microfiction: Strange Dreams compilation part I

The Pain-Eater’s Daughter makes Best Horror of the Year vol. 12

Very pleased to announced that my short story "The Pain-Eater's Daughter" has been chosen for Ellen Datlow's Best Horror of the Year volume 12. The full TOC is below: Ice Cold Lemonade 25ȼ Haunted House Tour: 1 Per Person by Paul Tremblay A Song For Wounded Mouths by Kristi DeMeester Birds of Passage by Gordon… Continue reading The Pain-Eater’s Daughter makes Best Horror of the Year vol. 12

Spooky Stories for Samhain and Halloween

Tomorrow marks the arrival of both Halloween and Samhain, two similar but disparate festivals which celebrate the dark, the supernatural, the thinning of the veil between our world and the next. The perfect time of year, then, to settle down with a suitably spooky read. Whether it’s a crisp, cold day, a grey, rainy afternoon… Continue reading Spooky Stories for Samhain and Halloween