Exciting Times…


Thrilled (and still slightly bewildered!) to announce that my short story ‘Sun Dogs’ has been shortlisted for the 2017 Shirley Jackson Awards in the ‘Novelette’ category. ‘Sun Dogs’ was originally published in ‘Shadows & Tall Trees 7’ from Undertow Publications, which I am equally pleased to say is also a nominee. Winners are announced at Readercon in Boston, MA, on the 15th July. (I’m still getting my head around this nomination…!)

To celebrate, Undertow Publications have reduced the price of ‘Shadows and Tall Trees 7’ – you can get a copy from their website here (the hardcover edition is also reduced, and equally beautiful-looking). Undertow also ship internationally. It’s a fabulous collection, with absolutely wonderful stories by Robert Shearman, M. Rickert, V.H. Leslie and Manish Melwani among others, so if you haven’t read it yet, I highly recommend it!

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:



Both covers are courtesy of the superb Vince Haig


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.

On Shadows and Tall Trees


I read the news about Shadows and Tall Trees going on indefinite hiatus with a heavy heart. It really is a huge loss for all readers and writers of horror and dark fiction. Shadow and Tall Trees was a beautifully presented publication, providing short fiction from writers as prolific and important to the genre as Gary McMahon, Gary Fry, Ray Cluley, Lynda E. Rucker and Nina Allen, among others.

I also have a bit of a personal connection to the publication, as in 2012 editor Michael Kelly took a chance on a short story of mine called Red Rabbit. It went on to become my first ever published short story, and my name & work appeared alongside Reggie Oliver, Robert Shearman and VH Leslie – I could barely believe it at the time and still have to stare at the back page for a while to be sure it really happened. Giving new authors the chance to put their name and their writing out there for all to see is such a valuable thing, and I’ll always be grateful to Michael Kelly for giving me that opportunity.

Some of my favourite short stories have appeared in Shadows and Tall Trees – Karin Tidbeck’s ‘Moonstruck’, recently nominated for a British Fantasy Award, is probably up there with the best short stories I’ve ever had the good fortune to read. Robert Shearman’s ‘Bedtime Stories for Yasmin’, Ray Cluley’s ‘Night Fishing’, Michael Wehunt’s ‘Onanon’, Claire Massey’s ‘Casting Ammonites’ and VH Leslie’s ‘Senbazuru’ are all fantastic pieces of fiction, and those are only off the top of my head.

It’s a terrible shame to be losing it, but you can still get back issues – 6 volumes in total – and I would highly recommend getting hold of them while you still can.