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Friday, October 28, 2011

Book news and Midnight Echo

Okay, it’s been a while since there’s been an update over here due to many other projects I’ve been getting on with (more on those coming up). So long overdue, here’s a summary of what’s been going on around here over the last few weeks. Yes, there’ll be things to spend your hard-earned cash on, and possibly a little something to make you some…if you’re a horror writer or reader, that is…

At this point, I’d like to say that if you’re one of my science or maths students…you have exams in two weeks. Turn off the computer and go and study (you bunch of slackers).

(And apologies to all for the pure text post. Blogger’s being a jerk and won’t let me upload pictures today.)


The shorts have been neglected of late, but a few of them have been sold and will see the light of day in the coming months. First up is a piece called Just Following Orders in the anthology Weird War from UK based publisher War of the Words. The story involves a captain in charge of running a concentration camp during World War 2. While guilty at his role in the advancing Nazi war machine, the captain follows his orders to the letter, and shows a cold, emotionless approach to his role. Unknown to him, some of the Jewish detainees have orders of their own to follow…

This was a very easy piece to write, especially after all the research. Goes to show that the real life horror completely outdoes the fictional, supernatural element.

More on the release date for this anthology closer to the time. Also includes stories from Joseph D‘Lacey (author of MEAT and Garbage Man) and Adrian Chamberlain (The Caretakers).

Another sale is thankfully a thorn being pulled from my side! You know those stories that publishers like but never seem to find a home? I wrote a story a few years ago for a proposed anthology. It was shortlisted but the book was cancelled. It received a few nibbles, but just didn’t fit anywhere. I decided to rewrite the story to a PG rating (while keeping most of the bizzaro elements) and overhaul the offensive title…and voila! The story, Nobody Messes with Venus made it through three editorial rounds and was picked up by Australian spec mag Andromeda Spaceways Inflight Magazine. This will be my second appearance in the publication following last year’s Tin Duck nominated story By the Banks of the Nabarra making the cover. Always love ASIM. This should be out in 2012.

The Best of Necrotic Tissue is now widely available in print and ebook direct from Stygian Publications and all good book retailers. Features my story The Blood Pit, which was editors pick all the way back in issue #1. Always one of my favourites, BP started me down a professional relationship with R. Scott McCoy and Stygian Publications, which led to sales to the Malpractice anthology, the release of Samhane and the eventual promotion to associate and technical editor of the magazine. Be nice to see BP in print and to read some of my other favourites from Necrotic Tissue, mainly my all-time fave, Narcslaag!


In the Halloween spirit, SAMHANE is on special offer for Kindle until November 1st . Head on over to Amazon.com or Amazon.co.uk and prepare to get bloody...

The novella COME INTO DARKNESS is nearing release, with the edits being completed and the publishers finalising cover art. This will be available through Skullvines Press and most other online retailers. It was fun going over the edits. I wrote this one years ago, and it was weirder and bloodier than I remembered. Might be like something Lewis Carroll would write after watching the SAW movies and meeting a porn star… Anyway, this should hopefully be out in November.

The release date for The Collector Book 1 has been pushed back to January 2012. While most writers despise delays in seeing their work out there, after a few meetings with the publishers, all agreed this was the best course of action. Rather than rush out a quick release for next month, better to have a few more weeks just to get everything just so. Really excited to see this one out there after its interesting journey. Meanwhile, why not have a browse over at the Dark Continents store?


After finishing the globe-trotting novel ENTERTAINING DEMONS a few weeks back and juggling the day job, over the holidays I started on a brand new series of books with a whole new mythos. I’m choosing not to give very much away on this one at the moment, wanting to have it done and submitted first. Needless to say it’s become lots of fun to write, and the manuscript is already half finished. I have a select few beta readers who have sampled what I’ve done so far, and feedback has been very positive. More news on this closer to completion (which shouldn’t be too long away. I aim to start the next Collector book in December).


It was with much honour and gratitude that I accepted the offer to guest edit one of the biggest and best Australian magazines, MIDNIGHT ECHO, the official magazine of the Australian Horror Writers’ Association.

A story of mine called Living Haunts appeared in the third issue of ME, so I knew the quality of this publication and the extremely high standards. While this is going to be a lot of work (buying fiction, poetry and artwork, technical editing, etc) it should be a blast and shiny golden star on my writing CV!

Submissions are already open and flowing in. The theme of the issue is taboos. Think you have something suitable? Check out the guidelines on the official site! There’s also the chance to win some hard cash and other goodies in our subscription drive. Here’s the press release:

Don't forget that your chance to win $200 in cash, plus books signed by Kylie Chan, Greig Beck, Brett McBean, Tim Curran, and more, is ending soon.

Midnight Echo's subscription drive will run until just before the launch of Issue 6, due out in late November. All you have to do to be in with a chance to win one of the great prizes above is to take out any one of our subscription offers before November the 20th. Subscriptions go for as little as $3.85 for 1 year.

Print pre-orders for Issue 6, the science fiction-horror special, are now being taken, too. Edited by David Conyers, David Kernot, and Jason Fischer, this issue features fiction by Cody Goodfellow, Stephen Dedman, Cat Sparks, Shane Jiraiya Cummings, and more, plus an interview with Charles Stross and Chris Moore. There will be a limited print run only, so don't miss out.

To make your pre-order, please go here: (http://australianhorror.com/wordpress/?p=21). Copies are $10 + postage.

Midnight Echo is currently available in print and PDF formats. We are aiming to release ebook formats later this year.


Before I finish, just want to wish my friend and Dead West/Bandersnatch editor Scott Colbert a speedy recovery from his surgery. Get well soon, Scott!

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