Thursday, February 25, 2010

The Great Library in the Sky

Sometime last year I was reading the life stories of a number of my favourite writers and poets throughout history. It was amazing how nearly all of them had faced a life-and-death situation at some point and survived it. This led to an idea that became a short story titled God's Librarian. I'm very pleased that this piece will be making an appearance in the newest antho from Residential Aliens called While The Morning Stars Sing. ResAliens are making quite the name for themselves releasing spiritually-infused spec fiction and as well as the anthologies put out their own magazine. My story takes place in early 20th century Cardiff at the railway station, which should give you a clue who it's about.

Monday, February 22, 2010

Stat's the way (uh huh uh huh) I like it

Stat update as of today -

Pieces out in the scary town of Submissionville - 15
Shortlisted - 6
In progress - 1 novel, 1 novella, 3 shorts

Lots going on - it's clobberin' time!

Friday, February 19, 2010

Frontlines TOC announced

JW over at Northern Frights just released the TOC for War of the Worlds: Frontlines
Some fine writing types in here! If I was you I'd order a copy.

1. After Welles by Michael Scott Bricker

2. Weird Fruits by Camille Alexa

3. Killers by Vincent L. Scarsella

4. The Dodo Dragon by Sheila Crosby

5. The Virus of Memory by Gerard Daniel Houarner

6. What Makes You Tick by David Steffen

7. The Broken Hand Mirror of Venus by Mark Onspaugh

8. Common Time by Bruce Golden

9. Steve's Really Cool Movie Blog by RJ Sevin

10. Moth Tamuth Robotica by Kristen Lee Knapp

11. Empire of the Moon by Harper Hull

12. The Spacer and the Cabbages by Auston Habershaw

13. John's List by Brent Knowles

14. Tequila Sunset by Michele Garber

15. Another End of the World by Michael Penkas

16. A Sweetheart Deal by JW Schnarr and John Sunseri

17. The Rainmaker by Mike Barretta

18. News on the March by Edward Morris

19. My Beautiful Boy by Jodi Lee

20. To Love a Monster by Victorya

21. The Candle Room by James S. Dorr

22. Usher by Davin Ireland

Northern Frights

Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Ghosts of German Dead

A short politico super natural story I wrote called The Concrete Dead will be making an appearance in the October issue of Bards & Sages Quarterly.
It's set in post-war East Berlin during the construction of the wall.

Monday, February 8, 2010

A Lark in the Morning

Pushed everything to one side to start working on a new idea yesterday - a possible serial character named Neville Lark. It's 1975 and Lark is a north-west historian/investigator of the strange who lives in the magnificent City of Chester. In fact, he lives right by the famous Eastgate Clock for a very specific reason - in this photo the door on the left is his office-cum-flat. Why Chester? You look at the history of Chester and you get a microcosm of the history of England. It's also one of the most unique and unusual towns in the country, as well as where I grew up. Manchester, Liverpool, North Wales, all within spitting distance and filled with their own weird, bizarre tales and legends. I'll see where Nev takes me; for now his debut story is concerned with why Chester really has a wall built all the way around it.
And no, I won't really be using Alan Partridge-like titles :)
Fire up the Sunbeam Alpine and slam the Quo tape in! Weirdness is afoot!