Looking for Laika Artwork (& new issue of Interzone out now!)

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One of my favourite things about being published by TTA Press is the artwork which accompanies the story. There’s something really special about seeing the way someone else has interpreted your story, in a vastly different art form, and I feel like Richard Wagner has captured the essence of ‘Looking for Laika’ quite beautifully here. (And as it’s my first foray into Interzone, it’s also my first full colour illustration – which is FAR more exciting to me than it probably should be.)

Interzone #273 is at press now and can be purchased via the TTA Press shop. Also, if you take out a new subscription you’ll get this issue free, which is a bargain if you ask me. (There’s a similar deal available for Black Static if horror is more your bag.) More information is available on the TTA Press website)

Naming The Bones is here…

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My debut novella Naming The Bones is now available for purchase over on Amazon. Hooray!

As I mentioned a few days ago, Dark Minds Press are holding an official launch for Naming The Bones (alongside Mark West’s new collection Things We Leave Behind) at Edge-Lit on Saturday 15th July, and you can also pick the book up there. Mark & I will be there, and we can even put a squiggle in your copy if that’s your thing.

To whet your appetite, here’s an excerpt:

She frowned, turning a circle in search of a sign. Loman Street. Offices on the right, a long, windowless building on the left. Somewhere along the way she’d taken a
wrong turn.
The mosquito whine of a building alarm sounded from somewhere nearby. She heard the low thrum of traffic ahead; a main road, still busy even at this hour. It would be easy enough to get her bearings there. She set off, suddenly aware of how dark it was down here, how few of the street lights seemed to be functional. The sour smell of overripe binbags drifted in on the wind. The shrill sound of the alarm seemed to carry a long way in the quiet. Her shadow waxed and waned as she passed between the lights, limbs stretched, form distorted. Just like…
No. She shoved her hands in her pockets. It wasn’t real. I proved that.
Behind her, close by, something skittered out into the road.
A fox, she told herself, though she felt her pace quicken, her muscles tightening. Lots of foxes around here. The sound came again, closer still, and it seemed that there were eyes on her, tracking her frantic motion; her fingers closed around the keys in her pocket, slipping them between her knuckles.
Occipital, parietal…
She was tipsy and alone, and a woman walking solo on a dark, isolated street was an
easy target. Her screams would be lost beneath the wail of the alarm. Nobody would
come for her. Nobody would know she was here.
Frontal, temporal, sphenoid…
She sucked in a deep breath and peered over her shoulder.
Something long and thin retreated into the shadows.

Shadows and Tall Trees 7

The new edition of Shadows and Tall Trees is now shipping, and you can order it at Amazon.co.uk in both paperback and hardback (as well as eBook). It boasts an absolutely killer lineup of writers including V.H. Leslie, Robert Shearman, Steve Rasnic Tem, Alison Moore, Conrad Williams and a host of other top-notch authors.

And then there’s my story, ‘Sun Dogs’, which is as close to a love story as I have ever written, and which I hope people will enjoy as much as I enjoyed writing it. Sometimes a story comes to you fully formed, and you find yourself opening the conduit between your brain and your keyboard in order to shape that story, and I hope I’ve done it justice.

The cover art for both the hardback and paperback editions is stunning:

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Both covers are courtesy of the superb Vince Haig

Cover reveal for Naming The Bones

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Is there anything more exciting than the moment your book becomes Really Real? Peter Frain has done an incredible job on the cover, which draws heavily on motifs from the story. And Ray Cluley has very kindly provided a highly complimentary cover quote.

“Naming The Bones” is due to be published in July by Dark Minds Press, and will be available in both paperback and ebook format.

Naming The Bones

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I’ve already crowed about this all over social media so do forgive me for continuing my crowing over here too. But! It’s big news for me. Indulge me a little longer.

My debut novella ‘Naming The Bones’ has been picked up by Dark Minds Press as part of their novella series, alongside a quartet of other excellent authors (namely, Gary Fry, Rich Hawkins, Paul M. Feeney and Benedict J Jones.) I’m terrifically excited about the whole thing, and it’s a real honour to be a part of Dark Minds’ novella line.

‘Naming The Bones’ will be published in summer 2017, in both paperback and ebook format.

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Very pleased to say I’ll be returning to Shadows & Tall Trees with my short story ‘Sun Dogs’, which will appear in the upcoming vol. 7. Shadows & Tall Trees is where my first ever story was published, so it means a lot to be a part of it again.