AMA about my smiling grandparents

Preamble, establishing image, cliche about buses, news!

  1. My story, Grandparents, Smiling, £7.95, has just been published on the Fairlight Books website. This one came out of many conversations about psychogeography, a holiday to Cornwall and a real photo of my grandparents they used to have in their house.
  2. The excellent folks at r/Fantasy are organising a virtual con to deal with the reality that lockdowns suck. They’re running a panel on small press publishing on 22nd April and I’m delighted to say I’m going to be part of it. So if you have any questions for me (and the other talented publishing types doing it with me) hit me up next week!

Platitude, callback to establishing image, goodbye!

Unthology 11, featuring… me!

I get to start the week with good news because it’s just been announced that I will have a story in the forthcoming Unthology 11, published on 25th July 2019.

It’s got a typically gorgeous cover and will no doubt contain some of the finest new writing to emerge from the indie press scene (including Angela Readman!), and my story. If you’re not already a fan, this is a great time to pick an issue up.

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It’s a story I’m particularly proud of, trying to make sense of some of the insanities of London – of which there are many. Bishopsgate weird is now a thing.

You can pre-order through Wordery, or ask your local indie bookseller, because they’re probably aces as well.

On Writing ‘Framing Ilva’ and The Lonely Crowd

The most excellent folk over at The Lonely Crowd were recently kind enough to publish a story of mine, in issue 8 of their journal.

‘Framing Ilva’ is a story about a refinery in the south of Italy which is famous, there at least, for the terrible effects it is having on the environment and the population. Having spent a fair amount of time in Puglia over recent years, it’s one of those names that’s always around, if rarely discussed. So I was delighted when John Lavin asked if I wanted to write a piece about my inspirations for my story.

You can read that piece on their website here – ‘On Framing Ilva’ – and you if it wets your whistle you can pick up issue 8 of The Lonely Crowd from their store.

The Digger’s Tale

My story, The Digger’s Tale, has been published at Unofficial Britain.

Unofficial Britain is a great site dedicated to ‘unusual perspectives on the landscape of the British Isles, exploring the urban, the rural and those spaces in between.’ You can read stories and articles there, and I’d also recommend spending some time with the soundscapes.

The story was something that started scratching at me after I read Gary Budden’s Baleen – it was something about the way we treat dead bodies, and how they disrupt space. It was meant to be weirder, and first person, but it seems that death, as Gary says, has its own energy.

The garages are real (but not the ones in the picture), and I did use to play in the rec (though, thanks to vertigo, I wasn’t so carefree on the climbing frame) and walk those fields as a child. As far as I know they’re still standing, and haven’t been stained in the way I describe. But the diggers will come for it all at some point.

Forthcoming story in Bourbon Penn

I’m very happy to say that one of my stories, ‘The Road Knows When a Journey is Over’ will be published in a forthcoming issue of Bourbon Penn. The story is set immediately after the apocalypse and deals with things like grief, loss and survivor guilt.

It’s an older piece of mine, but one that has been through several edits. It’s one of the ones I feel particularly close to, in fact, so it’s really good to know it’s found a good home.

I’ll post the publication date and how to read it as soon as I know.

Mephisto the Unruly on Pornokitsch

I’m rather pleased, ok, ok, delighted to say that a story of mine has just been published on Pornokitsch. The story is Mephisto the Unruly and it’s about a magician. You’re allowed one more bit of information before I tell you to go and read it: it features a rabbit. A pretty sharp one if the picture is to be believed.

I’m pretty chuffed to be published on Pornokitsch because it’s a great site, and I’m on the same list as Bram Stoker. Seriously. Also the charming Olivia Wood. Fine company indeed.

Anyway, enough teasing. You can read the story here – Mephisto the Unruly

Mag Culture reviews Shelf Heroes issue A

One of the film blogs out there I have a particular soft spot for is Ben Smith’s Shelf Heroes. There are a lot of things going for it, from the great design to the all-encompassing curation that takes in the artiest of art house films to the basest of nonsense. The reviews are always considered and if that’s not enough for you you can win films there as well.

For some reason Ben has been foolish enough to risk publishing some of my thoughts there, on Boyhood and Cronenberg’s early film Shivers. So when he told me he was planning a series of film magazines running from A-Z? Well naturally I jumped at the chance to be part of it.

Issue A came out looking pretty sweet, as you can see. Mag Culture picked up on it as well, and gave it a glowing write up. That essay on Aguirre nodded to at the end? Yep.

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