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Interview about Ormeshadow

Thanks to Mark West for an interviewing me about Ormeshadow over on his website. You can read the whole thing here.

Mark West lives in Northamptonshire with his wife Alison and their son Matthew. Since discovering the small press in 1998 he has published over eighty short stories, two novels, a novelette, a chapbook, two collections and six novellas (one of which, Drive, was nominated for a British Fantasy Award). He has more short stories forthcoming and is currently working on a crime/thriller novel. Away from writing, he enjoys reading, walking, watching films and playing Dudeball with his son. He can be contacted through his website at www.markwest.org.uk and is also on Twitter as @MarkEWest

When Sam Murphy’s seven-year-old daughter Janey starts to suffer night terrors, he does his best to assure her that Mr Stix – a voice from the shadows who says “mean things” to her – can’t hurt her.

Sam later finds the grotesque Mr Stix in the family bathroom and then his terrified wife tells him the story of her own childhood night-time fears.

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Mark West’s 70s & 80s Horror Mixtape

70s 80s horror mixtape mark west strange tales

I’ve been involved in this lovely project by Mark West from the onset. So far he’s compiled mixtapes on Brit HorrorAmerican HorrorWomen In Horror and Stephen King. This time I got to pick a story from the 70s/80s.

I love it because I always discover stories and writers that I previously knew nothing about.

This time Mark’s chosen the 70s/80s. Check it out to see if your favourites are in there.





Sledgelit 2018

Sledgelit is a great day out. It’s the winter-sibling of Edgelit, both events that celebrate horror, fantasy, crime and science-fiction. There are workshops, panels, interviews and books launches. I am looking forward to getting a copy of “New Music for Old Rituals”, Tracy Fahey’s new collection.

This year the guests of honour are:

BSFA Award winner and Arthur C Clarke award nominee DAVE HUTCHINSON
Acclaimed, multi-award winning horror author MARK MORRIS
Bestselling author of The Girl With All The Gifts and The Boy On The Bridge, MR CAREY

I am on a panel! Argh!

Short Sharp Shocks: Short Fiction in Horror
Alex Davis (Chair), Laura Mauro, Gary McMahon, Mark Morris, Priya Sharma

Saturday 24th November, 10am-6pm at QUAD, Market Place, Cathedral Quarter, Derby, DE1 3AS

See here for  details including a full schedule.

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Mark West’s Stephen King Mixtape

I really like Mark West’s Mixtape posts. So far he has compiled Brit Horror, American Horror and Women In Horror tapes and he’s kindly included me in all of them.

The mixtape project is, in Mark’s words, harking back to the 80s glory days of the homemade mixtape but he’s invited lots of different people to pick a “track” to go on there. They’re all full of the joy of discovering the short stories that other writers love and work you might not have heard of.

Now Mark has turned his attention to the shorter works of Stephen King. Is your favourite in there?

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Mark West’s Women in Horror Mixtape


Following on from Mark West’s Brit Horror Mixtape and American Horror Mixtape, where Mark asked writers to name their favourite short shories, he’s done a Women in Horror Mixtape to celebrate the 8th Annual Women in Horror month.

Thanks to Mark for including me in the project. I’ve loved reading everyone’s responses and discovering horror shorts that are new to me.



Mark West’s American Horror Mixtape

American Horror Mixtape  by Mark West

Following his UK Horror Mixtape, where writer’s talked about their favourite horror short story by a UK author, Mark has followed this up with the American version.

I’m delighted to be asked to take part again.

Here’s a clue (!) to which writer I’ve chosen but if you want to know which story I’ve gone with you can find out on Mark’s blog.

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Mark West’s Brit Horror Mixtape

Brit Horror Mixtape Mark West

Mark West‘s new post is an intriguing one. For The Brit Horror Mixtape he’s asked writers to name their favourite short story by a British author and say a few words about why they like it so much.

Mark was kind enough to ask me to be involved and he’s indulged me a bit by including my choice as it isn’t strictly horror. It was an interesting question but it was more interesting to read about other people’s choices. There are some stories I know and others I’m going to have to seek out.

What’s yours?


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Mark West and The Hyde Hotel

The Hyde HotelHoffman hated the city and he was sure the feeling was reciprocated.
Each time he visited – sometimes for work but often at Monica’s insistence, to visit the theatre or friends or simply shop- it was always hot and filthy and far too crowded. He hated the fact that everywhere he turned, he was pushed or pulled, cajoled or pressured, swept up in clouds of perfume or body odour and baked in the hot-house atmosphere the canyons of concrete created.
-The Sealed Window by Mark West

PS: Welcome Mark.
MW: Thanks for having me, Priya.

PS: What’s in your room at The Hyde Hotel?
MW: Madness, static-laden 70s porn on the TV and a sealed window.

PS: What inspired the claustrophobic qualities that you develop with The Sealed Window?
MW: Two completely different events, as it happens. My wife had to go to London for a thing with work and it was during the summer. They put her up in a hotel and she said she had the tiniest room she’d ever seen – it was on a main road so she had to make the choice, either swelter through the night with the window closed or leave the window open and it be too noisy to sleep. A couple of years later, we were on holiday in Wales and staying in a chalet that was long and narrow. Our bedroom was at the narrowest end and at the time, I was reading an anthology and that nights story had featured someone drowning in sand on a beach. I think the claustrophobia of the room, plus the idea of drowning, really played on my mind and I woke up in the middle of the night and tried to get out of bed but forgot how close the walls were, bounced off it and back onto the bed and the panic set in. In the end, Alison woke up and helped me around the bed into the hallway so that I could calm down.

PS: Tell me more about Hoffman.
MW: Hoffman is a forty-year-old man who is clearly at the end of his tether, forced to endure a stay in a city he hates, in a sticky heat that doesn’t do his mood any good at all. His day is made worse by the people around him – from fellow travellers on the train to noisy neighbours in the hotel – until a sealed window proves to be the final straw. I liked him, I could empathise with a lot of the things that drove him barmy!

PS: Do you have a favourite story in Hyde Hotel collection?
MW: I think they’re all as good as each other in their own way (or, “how to answer a question diplomatically…”)

PS: What’s the appeal of the hotel as a setting?
MW: I think the anonymity works well, in that nobody knows who you really are but, likewise, you don’t really know who anybody else is. All we see, in a hotel, are the masks that people want to present to the world. But it’s human life writ large – a hotel with fifty occupied rooms has at least fifty life stories, all different and all as complicated and detailed as our own, existing at the same time. For everyone in there who’s happy (a second honeymoon, perhaps), there’s also someone there in the doldrums (perhaps escaping a failed relationship, with little or no hope for the future).

PS: What’s your favourite hotel story/film?
MW: Probably “Psycho” by Robert Bloch.

PS: Do you have any new projects you can talk about?
MW: I do, thank you for asking. I have a novella called “Polly” due from Stormblade Productions (as a print/digital and audio edition) about a woman who discovers, on the eve of her twentieth wedding anniversary, that her husband is playing around and flees to Paris for a long weekend to gather her thoughts. Later on I have another novella coming out from Hersham Horror Books and there are a handful of short stories due too.

Thanks for having me here, Priya.


Mark West lives in Northamptonshire with his wife Alison and their young son Matthew. Mark WestSince discovering the small press in 1998 he has published over eighty short stories, two novels, a novelette, a chapbook, a collection and two novellas (one of which, Drive, was nominated for a British Fantasy Award). He has more short stories and novellas forthcoming and is currently working on a novel.

Away from writing, he enjoys reading, walking, cycling, watching films and playing Dudeball with his son.

He can be contacted through his website at http://www.markwest.org.uk and is also on Twitter as @MarkEWest

Drive Kindle  / print 

The Mill Kindle/print

What Gets Left Behind Kindle

Mark West’s Amazon Page


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