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My Personal Reading List

October 20th 2017 under News/Blog

The Reading Lists is a terrific website which interviews people from many walks of life about the books that are important to them. Writers are included of course, and you can find my own interview here. It’s been great fun delving deep and remembering why Hans Christian Andersen’s fairy tales were so important to me, which book […]

Behind the Book – The Crow Garden

October 5th 2017 under News/Blog

The Crow Garden – published by Jo Fletcher Books on 5th October 2017. Available in hardback, trade paperback (in some territories), and in audiobook, narrated by Leighton Pugh. Reviews “Excellent . . . she creates a chilling atmosphere of skulls, seances, secrets and hysteria.” Antonia Senior, The Times “(An) enjoyable excursion . . . gripping.” […]

Evil Eyes, Black Feathers – Birds in Dark Fiction

August 19th 2017 under News/Blog

Here’s a reprise of a blog I wrote recently for Short, Scary Tales, publisher of Five Feathered Tales: Time and time again, I find I’m working on something new, only to discover that birds have somehow fluttered their way into the manuscript. Sometimes I’m not even sure how they manage it. My next novel is […]

A month away . . . New Fears

August 19th 2017 under News/Blog

I received an author copy of New Fears today and it looks absolutely splendid – a credit to its editor, Mark Morris, and to Titan Books. Here’s the official blurb: FEAR COMES IN MANY FORMS The horror genre’s greatest living practitioners drag our darkest fears kicking and screaming into the light in this collection of […]

Another statement regarding the Dragon Awards

August 8th 2017 under News/Blog

As stated in my previous post, I have contacted the Dragon Awards administrators to request that my nomination for The Hidden People be withdrawn. The book has been selected as part of a voting slate by a member of the ‘Rabid Puppies’ voting bloc, which I feel may have undue influence over the awards outcome. I […]

A statement regarding the Dragon Awards

August 4th 2017 under News/Blog

It has just been announced that The Hidden People has been nominated for a Dragon Award. While this would normally be a great pleasure, it has also been brought to my notice that my book has been selected by a voting bloc who are attempting, for reasons of their own, to influence the awards outcome. […]

Edge Hill University Short Story Prize

April 10th 2017 under News/Blog

My collection, Quieter Paths from PS Publishing, has just been longlisted for Edge Hill’s prestigious Short Story Prize. The full press announcement is as follows: Organisers of Edge Hill University’s 11th annual Short Story Prize are delighted to announce the longlist for 2017. The list includes well established authors such as Mark Haddon (The Curious […]

New Fears

March 3rd 2017 under News/Blog

I’m delighted to have a story accepted for New Fears 1, an anthology of dark fiction. The news was announced over at Ginger Nuts of Horror, who rather delightfully said: “Featuring a stellar lineup of genre favourites and rising stars this is shaping up to be the anthology to end all anthologies.” The editor, Mark […]

Murder Ballads

February 28th 2017 under News/Blog

Egaeus Press has published Murder Ballads, a beautiful collection of seventeen dark tales & novellas, in which some of today’s finest weird story writers provide previously unpublished work inspired by traditional murder ballads. The results are sometimes enigmatic, sometimes witty, sometimes desperately grim; just like the songs they often appear to belong outside — either before […]

New story in a bird-themed anthology

February 19th 2017 under News/Blog

A new short story, The Orphan Bird, has just been published in this new anthology of avian tales edited by Ellen Datlow. The full table of contents is: O Terrible Bird by Sandra Kasturi The Obscure Bird by Nicholas Royle (reprint) The Mathematical Inevitability of Corvids by Seanan McGuire Something About Birds by Paul Tremblay Great […]

Changeling lore and the little folk

January 13th 2017 under News/Blog

I’ve been chatting to the wonderful Phil Rickman over at Phil the Shelf on BBC Radio Wales, about the more wicked incarnations of the fairies. Their Producer, Geoff Ballinger, lent his talents as a voice artist to create some audio extracts from The Hidden People to accompany the programme. I also have an article called ‘The […]

Two short stories to appear in Egaeus Press anthologies

October 19th 2016 under News/Blog

Two new short stories set in the Victorian era will appear in Egaeus Press anthologies in late 2016 and early 2017. The full table of contents for Midwinter Tales is: Alison Littlewood – Meet Me at the Frost Fair Vincent O’Sullivan – The Monkey & Basil Holderness Marion Fox – A Matter of Fact (poem) Sheryl Humphrey – The […]

Fairy tales and horror

March 20th 2016 under News/Blog

I have written an article for Nightmare Magazine’s H Word column, titled Fairy Tales: The Original Horror Stories? It’s online now, as part of their March 2016 issue.

Coming soon . . .

March 20th 2016 under News/Blog

My new short story has been accepted for a bird horror themed anthology, edited by Ellen Datlow and published by Pegasus Books. The full table of contents is as follows:   O Terrible Bird by Sandra Kasturi The Obscure Bird by Nicholas Royle The Mathematical Inevitability of Corvids by Seanan McGuire Something About Birds by […]

In the media

December 14th 2015 under News/Blog

A couple of lengthy Q&As have recently come out in the media: This is Horror podcast part one – concerns A Cold Season, Jo Fletcher Books and the zombie apocalypse. This is Horror podcast part two – concerns A Cold Silence, on writing and horror. Those listening carefully will spot a bonus interruption by Dexter […]

Behind the Book: Acapulcalypse Now

September 11th 2015 under News/Blog

Zombie Apocalypse! Acapulcalypse Now is set in the ZA! world created by Stephen Jones. Published in paperback – October 2015 by Robinson (UK) and Running Press (USA).   Excerpt Chapter one is available at The Civilian Reader. Reviews “The author is clearly having a whale of a time, and transmits this to the reader.” Promoting […]

Nightmare Magazine

August 5th 2015 under News/Blog

Those lovely folks at Nightmare Magazine have just run another one of my stories – this time a tale set in the wild Croatian forests, called Wolves and Witches and Bears. They’ve also produced it in audio and run an author spotlight. You can check it out at the links below. Wolves and Witches and […]

A profile in The Examiner

August 5th 2015 under News/Blog

I was recently contacted by Meagan Meehan, a lovely lady who asked if I’d like to be featured in an author spotlight in The Examiner. Meagan had read my short story Black Feathers, which was featured in Ellen Datlow’s The Best Horror of the Year Volume 4, and wanted to know more. Black Feathers is […]

Shirley Jackson Awards

July 15th 2015 under News/Blog

I’m absolutely thrilled and delighted to have won a Shirley Jackson Award for short fiction! The awards were presented on Sunday alongside Readercon. The award was given for The Dog’s Home, which appeared in The Spectral Book of Horror Stories, edited by Mark Morris. The short fiction award presentation can be viewed at Youtube. Sadly […]

Holiday Horrors

June 18th 2015 under News/Blog

Jo Fletcher Books are celebrating the sunny season with a touch of the chills, with Holiday Horrors. Throughout June there will be chances to win books, Q&As with the authors, excerpts to read and lots of other horrortastic marvellousness. Besides all that, my first three novels have been included in a single ebook omnibus, called Seasons […]

Postscripts #32/33 Far Voyager

March 27th 2015 under News/Blog

I’m thrilled to have a story in the latest bumper edition of Postscripts, the short story anthology series from PS Publishing. It’s a hardback containing issues 32 and 33, and it is, as ever from PS, a thing of beauty. The flat image doesn’t really do it justice, so I’ll post a photo below (though […]

Sherlock Holmes Abroad

March 18th 2015 under News/Blog

A while back, the very lovely Simon Clark approached me to ask if I’d contribute a story to a new anthology of Sherlock Holmes tales – The Mammoth Book of Sherlock Holmes Abroad. I must admit, I took a very big gulp at the time. I wasn’t particularly familiar with the Holmes oeuvre, and the […]

Seasons of Mist Omnibus

March 17th 2015 under News/Blog

No sooner has the Seasons of Mist omnibus been announced than we have a cover image! It will be out as an ebook on June 4th as part of the Jo Fletcher Books #HolidayHorrors season (watch for the hashtag coming on Twitter). There will be competitions running at around the same time, so @jofletcherbooks is […]

Best Horror of the Year Volume 7

March 13th 2015 under News/Blog

Oh, I said I’d be back – and here I am already, like a bad penny . . . but I have news! It’s always lovely to have a story picked for one of the annual Best Of short story anthologies. Fortunately, The Dog’s Home, a story I wrote for the first Spectral Book of […]

Seasons of Mist and a new deal . . .

March 12th 2015 under News/Blog

Oh, dear blog, how I have forsaken thee! I can’t believe how long it is since my last post. And my first news is a little out of date, but I really have to say something about it. I’m really happy to have signed a new three book deal with my publisher, Jo Fletcher Books. […]

The Spectral Book of Horror Stories – cover reveal

July 28th 2014 under News/Blog

And here it is! A beautiful anthology cover, from the ridiculously talented Vincent Chong.   There’s an interesting blog post here in which Vincent outlines how he handled the brief – even his roughs look amazing! Meanwhile, the wonderful Angela Slatter is doing a series of mini-interviews with the book’s contributors. Mine is here. The […]

The Spectral Book of Horror Stories

July 10th 2014 under News/Blog

I’m really happy to say a story of mine has been picked for the first Spectral Book of Horror Stories, edited by the fabulous Mark Morris. The press release follows . . .   Announcing a Brand New Annual Anthology! THE SPECTRAL BOOK OF HORROR STORIES Release date: September 2014 Published by Spectral Press, edited by […]

The Unquiet House is looming!

March 12th 2014 under News/Blog & The Unquiet House

Launch date is now less than a month away, and the usual mingling of excitement and terror is here! Advance copies are due to land any day, and I can’t wait to see them.  For those who’d like a sneak preview, I’ve posted an excerpt from chapter one here. And if you’d like to skip […]

Lovely news to end 2013

December 27th 2013 under A Cold Season & News/Blog & Path of Needles

Everyone who reads the PS Publishing newsletter will have seen this already, but I just wanted to share some really lovely news! The beautiful limited edition hardback they produced of A Cold Season is now going to be followed by editions of Path of Needles and The Unquiet House, following its launch. A huge thank you to Pete and Nicky […]

A Cold Season in the States

September 25th 2013 under News/Blog

A Cold Season officially launched in the USA yesterday. Hooray! It’s all been very exciting so far, so fingers crossed it all goes well. The team at Jo Fletcher Books, Quercus and Wunderkind PR have been brilliant, so a big thank you to them! The book is available in hardback here, although a bargain Kindle […]

The Unquiet House

September 22nd 2013 under News/Blog

The wonderful Niall Alexander over at the Speculative Scotsman has been taking a look at what Jo Fletcher Books has coming up in 2014, and he’s included a sneak preview of my next book, The Unquiet House. Here’s the cover copy: Mire House is dreary, dark, cold and infested with midges. But when Emma Dean […]

Twisted Histories

September 3rd 2013 under News/Blog

Here’s the first glimpse of the cover of a new anthology coming soon from Snowbooks.   It’s edited by Scott Harrison, who always comes up with intriguing concepts for anthologies, so he’s a lot of fun to work with. This time around the theme is retellings (or reimaginings) of stories from ancient mythology, folklore, legend and Biblical tropes. I […]

Launch Day in Lincoln

May 14th 2013 under News/Blog & Path of Needles

It was brilliant to spend the 9th May, launch day for PATH OF NEEDLES, at Lincoln Inspired. It’s a terrific festival with a real range of content – vibrant, fun and definitely inspirational! A big thank you to the lovely organisers Sara and Gill, fellow panelists Elly Griffiths and David Mark, and the really friendly […]

Women to Read

May 1st 2013 under News/Blog

A lot has been said in recent times about the representation of women writing in the genres of fantasy, horror and science fiction. Nina Allan has said some very sensible things about it on her blog, and not only that, but she’s put together a terrific list of 101 Women to Read. Aside from the […]

Meet the agent: A. M. Heath

April 22nd 2013 under News/Blog

I now have a literary agent! Absolutely thrilled to have signed with Oli Munson at A. M. Heath. And somewhat awed that the same agency looks after stars like Hilary Mantel, Marina Lewycka, crimewriter David Mark, fellow Jo Fletcher Books author Tom Fletcher and – going back a little further – George Orwell himself. This […]

Resurrection Engines

December 8th 2012 under News/Blog

This lovely-looking anthology, edited by Scott Harrison, is out now from Snowbooks. It’s a gathering of ‘steampunk and alternate timeline retellings and reimaginings’ of classic fiction tales. I’m not a seasoned steampunk writer – this was in fact the first time I’ve delved into those mysterious waters – but I thoroughly enjoyed the experience. My […]

In discussion with Tom Fletcher and some novelling links

November 26th 2012 under News/Blog

I’ve just realised I’m been most remiss and not yet posted a link to this podcast, recorded with Richard Hirst of Bookish and Tom Fletcher, author of the wonderful Ravenglass Eye. Topics include nature, fear, death, standing stones, the moors and plumbing, and as can be imagined, recording it was a lot of fun. I […]

The ‘Next Big Thing’ Tag-athon

November 14th 2012 under News/Blog

Last week, Paul Finch kindly tagged me in the ‘Next Big Thing’, a pass-it-on interview for writers. Paul is a crime and horror writer extraordinaire, and his own answers to the interview – featuring his new novel, STALKERS – can be found here. So here are my answers . . . 1. What is the […]

Fantasycon 2012

October 4th 2012 under News/Blog

Fantasycon is amazing. I may have mentioned this once or twice before. If you don’t know about the event, I wax lyrical about how amazing it is here. The best thing is grabbing a drink and a seat and waiting to see all the familiar faces come into the room, when much shrieking and hugging […]

About Magic

August 20th 2012 under News/Blog

The full table of contents for a new anthology, Magic: An Anthology of the Esoteric and Arcane, has been released. I’m happy to be  in such stellar company! The contents are: The Wrong Fairy by Audrey Niffenegger If I Die, Kill my Cat by Sarah Lotz Shuffle by Will Hill Domestic Magic by Steve Rasnic Tem and Melanie […]

More Mammoth news . . .

July 16th 2012 under News/Blog

Earlier in the year I was delighted to hear that About the Dark, a short story that first appeared in Black Static, was picked by Stephen Jones for the Mammoth Book of Best New Horror #23. Now the cover has been released, and it looks splendiferous: And if that wasn’t enough, another short story, Scairt, […]

The Eyes of Water reviews

July 4th 2012 under News/Blog

The Eyes of Water chapbook, published by Spectral Press, has landed – here it is: And, with thanks to everyone who has read and reviewed it, here is a round-up of what people thought… Twilight Ridge Hellbound Times The British Fantasy Society The Ginger Nuts of Horror The Eloquent Page Dark Musings Black Abyss Wag […]

Hauntings at Humber Mouth

June 29th 2012 under News/Blog

I just got back from the Humber Mouth Literary Festival, where I had a fabulous time at the Horror Writers’ Night. It was held at Pave on Princes Avenue in Hull, a great venue which had been turned into a spooky semblance of a Victorian parlour for the evening. Here’s the story in pictures . […]

4 a.m. When the Walls are Thinnest – now on audio

May 29th 2012 under News/Blog

Those clever people at Tales to Terrify have included one of my short stories in their latest podcast – number 20. You can listen here: http://talestoterrify.com/ ‘4 a.m. When the Walls are Thinnest’ was first published in the Ghosts issue of Crimewave magazine, from TTA Press. It’s a tall tale of a prison break, which […]

A mystical tale of cenotés – a chapbook from Spectral Press

May 15th 2012 under News/Blog

My short story, The Eyes of Water, will be out soon as a chapbook from Spectral Press. Run by the lovely Simon Marshall-Jones, Spectral is a terrific new publisher which has just been nominated for a BFS Award. I wrote this story after taking a holiday in Mexico, where I fell in love with the […]

A Cold Season hardback and other new arrivals

April 21st 2012 under A Cold Season & News/Blog

Copies of the special limited edition hardback of A Cold Season have landed . . . and they look stunning! I knew they would be lovely, coming from PS Publishing, but I was blown away by just how lovely they are. The artwork by David Gentry really sings, and the production quality is fantastic. I’m […]

Mammoth news

April 21st 2012 under News/Blog

I was absolutely thrilled recently to hear that About the Dark, my short story that first appeared in Black Static magazine, has been picked by Stephen Jones for the Mammoth Book of Best New Horror #23. I’ve got a stack of these long-running genre round-up collections on my shelf, so really looking forward to this! […]

Richard and Judy featured book

March 30th 2012 under A Cold Season & News/Blog

A Cold Season is now the featured read in the Richard and Judy Book Club, in association with WH Smith. Yay! To celebrate, here is a photo of ‘that’ moment on the couch! New content has been released on the WH Smith website, including: – A podcast discussing the book “She’s paced it beautifully – […]

Black Static featured author

February 28th 2012 under News/Blog

It’s especially nice to be the featured author in Black Static magazine (issue 27) from TTA Press. I first picked up a copy of the magazine back when I was an aspiring writer of short genre fiction (though it was named ‘The Third Alternative’ back then). I knew at once I would love to have […]

A Cold Season special edition hardback

February 22nd 2012 under News/Blog

Coming in March 2012 – those clever people at PS Publishing are producing a signed, jacketed hardback edition of A Cold Season, with a print run strictly limited to 300. A preview of the artwork is below:     It’s available for preorder at the PS Publishing website now.

Up at Youtube

February 21st 2012 under News/Blog

Here’s a quick round-up of some videos up on Youtube! Earlier in the year I spent some time at the Quercus offices, and the lovely Caroline and Mark filmed some video interviews with me. In the first, I’m talking generally about A Cold Season: And in the next I’m talking about some of my favourite […]

What’s next . . .

February 1st 2012 under News/Blog

There are a few lovely projects in the pipeline, so I thought I’d have a quick round-up and let you know what’s coming soon! First, I was delighted to be asked to take part in a new anthology from Solaris, called Magic, edited by Jonathan Oliver. It also contains stories by Audrey Niffenegger, author of […]

Best Horror of the Year Volume 4

January 21st 2012 under News/Blog

I was thrilled to hear that Black Feathers, a short story that was first published in issue 22 of Black Static magazine, has been selected for Ellen Datlow’s Best Horror of the Year Volume 4. Really pleased too for Simon Bestwick, who has not one but two stories in the anthology! I first read The […]

BBC Radio Leeds

January 16th 2012 under News/Blog

It was really nice to go in to Radio Leeds again last week, to talk about how A Cold Season has been picked for the Richard and Judy Book Club. The programme is available on Listen Again (but only for a short time!) – my slot starts at 1 hour 43 minutes and was on […]

Richard and Judy Book Club

January 6th 2012 under News/Blog

It’s lovely to be able to open this blog with the news of A Cold Season being selected for the Richard and Judy Book Club! It’s going to be one of eight books featured for the spring 2012 season of the Club, which is run in conjunction with WHSmith. Watch out for special bonus content […]

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