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.

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

Acceptances: KFP and Our Time is Over, P.S. I Love You

I am very pleased to say that I have had stories accepted for publication: KFP in SQ Mag and Out Time is Over, P.S. I Love You in Jupiter SF. Both are forthcoming, with Jupiter confirmed for their issue 48 in April 2015. Both of these are really exciting, not the least because they represent old and new stories for me.

KFP was an early success in my learning process and one I’ve felt really good about for a long time. So knowing that SQ Mag are giving it a good home (internationally!) can only make one fuzzy. As for getting my byline in Jupiter SF, well that’s really cool. Jupiter has been a force to be reckoned with for a long time now. It’s a quarterly publication for one, so issue 48 means they’ve been going for 12 years. These guys know what they’re doing.

Publication: Epitaph in Perihelion SF

I’m very pleased to say that a story of mine features in the March 2014 issue of Perihelion SF. I’m particularly excited about this one because I got paid with real money. I mean, not a vast amount of money – they’re a donation-funded publication – but enough that I can call myself a professional now!

The story is Epitaph, a bit of classic hard sci-fi for you, and you can read it right now on the Perihelion site.

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Publication – 100 Worlds

That’s right, again. I know, crazy, right?

I am very pleased to announce that a flash of mine has been published in the Dreamscape Press anthology, 100 Worlds. This anthology collects 100 drabbles from 100 authors presenting you with 100 new and strange worlds. You want page 59.

A Kindle edition is forthcoming for those of you who’ve come to love the digital.

Publication – My Final Flight on the Never Never

I am rather pleased to announce that today sees the publication of my short story, My Final Flight on the Never Never, on Fiction on the Web. It’s got my name on it and everything.

It’s a relatively short read for me (I do go on a bit sometimes, I realise) so there’s really no excuse not to read it. If you’re feeling really nice then comment on it as well, I’m sure that Charlie will appreciate it.