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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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