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The Aeon Award

I’ve been very fortunate to have work published by Albedo One, Ireland’s magazine of science fiction, fantasy and horror, so I am delighted to join the Grand Judges Panel of Juliet E. McKenna, Ian Watson and Michael Carroll. The panel decides on the top three stories of the six finalists.

Ireland’s Magazine of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror proudly announces the 13th International Aeon Award Short Fiction Contest:

The Aeon Award 2018
Grand Prize: €1000
Second Prize: €200
Third Prize: €100

Plus guaranteed publication in Albedo One for the top three stories as chosen by our esteemed Grand Judges
Ian Watson, Juliet E. McKenna, Priya Sharma and Michael Carroll

More about the annual Aeon Prize.

More about Albedo One magazine.

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The Year’s Best Dark Fantasy & Horror: 2017 Edited by Paula Guran

Paula Guran has annouced the table of contents for her annual anthology The Year’s Best Dark Fantasy and Horror: 2017.

Thanks to Paula and to the Albedo One team, who originally published “Grave Goods” in ybdfh17mock300issue 46.


“Lullaby for a Lost World,” Aliette de Bodard (Tor.com 06/16)
“Our Talons Can Crush Galaxies,” Brooke Bolander (Uncanny #13)
“Wish You Were Here,” Nadia Bulkin (Nightmare # 49)
“A Dying of the Light,” Rachel Caine (The Gods of H.P. Lovecraft)
“Season of Glass and Iron,” Amal El-Mohtar (The Starlit Wood: New Fairy Tales)
“Grave Goods,” Gemma Files (Autumn Cthulhu)
“The Blameless,”Jeffrey Ford (The Natural History of Hell)
“As Cymbals Clash,” Cate Gardner (The Dark #19)
“The Iron Man,” Max Gladstone (Grimm Future)
“Surfacing,” Lisa L. Hannett (Postscripts 36/37: The Dragons of the Night)albedo-one-issue-46
“Mommy’s Little Man,” Brian Hodge (DarkFuse, October)
“The Sound of Salt and Sea,” Kat Howard (Uncanny #10)
“Red Dirt Witch,” N. K. Jemisin (Fantasy #60)
“Birdfather,” Stephen Graham Jones (Black Static #51)
“The Games We Play,” Cassandra Khaw (Clockwork Phoenix 5)
“The Line Between the Devil’s Teeth (Murder Ballad No. Ten),” Caitlin Kiernan (Sirenia Digest #130)
“Postcards from Natalie,” Carrie Laben (The Dark #14)
“The Finest, Fullest Flowering,” Marc Laidlaw (Nightmare #45)
The Ballad of Black Tom, Victor LaValle (Tor.com)
“Meet Me at the Frost Fair,” Alison Littlewood (A Midwinter Entertainment)
“Bright Crown of Joy,” Livia Llewellyn (Children of Lovecraft)
“The Jaws That Bite, The Claws That Catch,” Seanan McGuire (Lightspeed #72)
“My Body, Herself,” Carmen Maria Machado (Uncanny #12)
“Spinning Silver,” Naomi Novik (The Starlit Wood: New Fairy Tales)
“Whose Drowned Face Sleeps,” An Owomoyela & Rachael Swirsky (Nightmare # 46/What the #@&% Is That?)
“Grave Goods,” Priya Sharma (Albedo One #46)
“The Rime of the Cosmic Mariner,” John Shirley (Lovecraft Alive!)
“The Red Forest,” Angela Slatter (Winter Children and Other Chilling Tales)
“Photograph,” Steve Rasnic Tem (Out of the Dark)
“The Future is Blue,” Catherynne M. Valente (Drowned Worlds)
‘‘October Film Haunt: Under the House’’, Michael Wehunt (Greener Pastures)
“Only Their Shining Beauty Was Left,” Fran Wilde (Shimmer 13)
“When the Stitches Come Undone,” A.C. Wise (Children of Lovecraft)
“A Fist of Permutations in Lightning and Wildflowers,” Alyssa Wong (Tor.com 03/16)
“An Ocean the Color of Bruises,” Isabel Yap (Uncanny #11)
“Fairy Tales are for White People,” Melissa Yuan-Innes (Fireside Magazine Issue 30)
“Braid of Days and Nights,” E. Lily Yu (F&SF, Jan-Feb)

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Magazine giveaway

Albedo One Issue 46

I have three copies of Issue 46 of Albedo One to give away.

It contains fiction by Liz Williams, Bruce McCallister, Claude Lalumiere, Eika Victor, Gary Every, Tim W. Jackson and myself. There are fantasy reviews by Juliet E. Mckenna, SF reviews by George Anderson and interviews with Will McIntosh and Jeffrey Thomas.

The cover art is by Richard Wagner.

Just leave me a message in the comments section if you’re interested and I’ll arrange posting you a copy, even if you’re outside the UK.


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Grave Goods

Albedo One Issue 46Issue 46 of Albedo One is now available. It contains fiction by Liz Williams, Bruce McAllistair, Erika Viktor, Gary Every and Tom W. Jackson. I am proud to be included with my short story, “Grave Goods.”

It also features an interviews with Hugo Award-winning hard science fiction author Will McIntosh and  horror author Jeffrey Thomas, as well as review columns by Juliet E. McKenna and George Anderson.

Cover art by Richard Wagner.

It’s available in pdf and will shortly be available in ebook (.mobi and .epub versions) and print.


Father had left grave goods to help Child. Her bow and arrows. A votive offering of his flint knife. Not the carved ceremonial one but the one he used everyday. His labour was in the edge that he ground and polished to keep it sharp.
Child got up. The burial chamber was spacious enough to accommodate a large gathering. Side chambers contained her ancestors’ bones, their flesh in various states of decay. Father said they’d help her.
The whole tribe would file into the tomb on the Solstice, down the long corridor that channelled the sun. They would commune with their history, bringing the remains into the central chamber. Child thought that she’d be greeted by bones that were full of light and song but was disappointed to see that, like Mother, they were empty shells.
Child traced out the patterns on the walls that the tribe had pecked out. There were the stories of the wind and rain. Of stars and sun. She knew which marks were her father’s.
You are the best of us, Father had said when he told them what they needed to do. His lips were grey as he spoke. You are my first and only child. You are our finest.
It was getting brighter inside the chamber. Child thought it was moonlight coming down the passageway. She was wrong. The light was already inside. The gods were here.

-Grave Goods.


I owe a thank you to writer and archaeologist, Steve Toase, who directed me to some very useful text books on the neolithic period.

Steve’s fiction has appeared in Cabinet de Fees’ Scheherezade’s Bequest, Pantheon Magazine, Innsmouth Magazine, Jabberwocky Magazine, to name a few. He’s also been reprinted in Ellen Datlow’s Best Horror of the Year Volume 6.

He does a flash fiction challenge at the end of each year- writing a piece each day for a month. If you want a treat, head over here, where he published them each week running up until the end of Dec 2015.

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Story acceptance

My thanks to the team at Albedo One, who have accepted my short story, Grave Goods. Albedo One is Ireland’s longest-running and foremost magazine of the Fantastic, publishing both Irish and international authors.

In the past they have published two other stories of mine-

The Nature of Bees: Honorable Mention in Ellen Datlow’s Best Horror of the Year 3 , Locus’ 2010 Recommended Reading List

Fishskins: Honorable Mention Longlist in Ellen Datlow’s Best Horror of the Year 5

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Stuff for September

The Best Horror of the Year Volume 5, edited by Ellen Datlow,  is now available in print from Amazon UK, Amazon US and by order from your local The Best Horror of the Year Volume 5 bookshop. I’m delighted that it contains “The Ballad of Boomtown”, my short story that appeared in issue 28 of Black Static.

Ellen’s Honorable Mentions shortlist for the anthology also contains “Pearls” (issue 4 of Bourbon Penn).

“Needlepoint” (issue 242 of Interzone) and“Fish Skins” (issue 42 of Albedo One)  are on her longlist.

So, many many thanks to Ellen Datlow, Andy Cox of TTA Press, Eric Secker of Bourbon Penn and the editorial team of Albedo One (John Kenny, Bob Neilson, Peter Loftus, David Murphy and Frank Ludlow).


Mark Lord, editor of Alt Hist, has published interviews with all the authors who appeared in the last issue. If you want to read the interview with me that relates to my story, “After Mary”, it’s here.

Alt Hist Issue 5

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Albedo One 42 out now

Issue 42 of Albedo One is hot off the press and is available as a print and digital editions. It contains my story, “Fish Skins”, as well as fiction from Todd McCaffrey, David Murphy, Craig Saunders, Donna Thorland, Lawrence Wilson, Jean Michel Calvez and Douglas Thompson. The issue also features the three winning stories (by Lauren Mulvihill, Aaron Elbel and Kathy Cronin) of the 2010 John West Brainfood.ie Fantasy Competition and an in-depth interview with John Meaney.

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Interzone 242 Now Out

“Needlepoint” is the first story of mine to appear in Interzone. I’ve been included with some fantastic company- Ken Liu, Debbie Urbanski, Lavie Tidhar, CW Johnson and Karl Bunker. The cover art is ‘The Priestess’, one of a Tarot inspired series by Ben Baldwin, and interior illustrations are by Richard Wagner, Mark Pexton, and Warwick Fraser-Coombe. All the usual features are present: Ansible Link by David Langford (news and obits); Mutant Popcorn by Nick Lowe (film reviews); Laser Fodder by Tony Lee (DVD/Blu-ray reviews); book reviews by Jim Steel and the team, including an interview with David Brin.

The art work for “Needlepoint” is by Martin Hanforth.








The new issue of Albedo One will also be out soon and contain my story, “Fish Skins”, with a dreamy illustration by Anastasia Alexandrin.

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Ellen Datlow’s Best Horror of the Year 4

Ellen Datlow’s Best Horror of the Year 4 is now out and contains some fantastic stories. I feel very proud and fortunate to be included alongside Stephen King, Peter Straub, Margo Lanagan, Laird Barron, Alison Littlewood and Simon Bestwick, among others.  Full TOC.
My story, “The Show”, originally appeared in John Kenny’s Box of Delights. Aeon Press have just released Kindle editions of this (containing work by Mike Resnik, Kristine Kathryn Rusch, Erin Pringle, Robert Neilson and Steve Rasnic Tem, among others) and Colin Harvey’s Transtories (which includes work by Aliette de Bodard, Sharon K. Reamer, Rob Rowntree, Joanne Hall and John Kenny, as well as my story, “The Carbon Cyborg”.)

I’m also very pleased that Albedo One have accepted “Fish Skins”, a story that’s very personal to me.
In Ellen Datlow’s summation of 2011 she gave a very positive mention to Issue XV of Dark Tales. Congratulations to editor Sean Jeffery and the writers she mentioned- Sally Quilford, Richard Smith, Bruce Currie, Kate Meason, Benjamin Mitchell and the very brilliant Georgina Bruce.

Purchase links:

Box of Delights –Kindle version UK , Kindle version USA, print copy

Transtories- Kindle version UK, Kindle version USA, print copy

Best Horror of the Year 4- available at Amazon but can be ordered from your local independent bookshop!

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