Sale to Abomination Magazine!

There are some days when getting out of bed is an effort. Inside is warm, comfortable, and holds the promise of a little more sleep. Outside is cold, and work is waiting. But it always helps when there’s something nice lurking in your email inbox. Case in point, this morning, and the acceptance waiting for me from Abomination Magazine.

Yes, they liked my story “Whispers in the Skin Gardens” and want to publish it in their debut issue. To say I am pleased at this news would be an understatement. It’s my first acceptance this year, and ends a bit of a dry run. And it looks like it’s going to be a cracking magazine.

The story is a dark (very dark) sci-fi story, which I won’t give too much away about now but is one I’m rather proud of. The debut issue is supposed to be coming out in “early 2012”, so that shouldn’t give you too long to wait, and I will of course give you updates as and when developments occur.

Sale to Blood Bound Books!

Oh hallelujah!

Today, I received the magic email. The wonderful folks at Blood Bound Books have accepted my short story “Now I Lay Me Down to Sleep”, for publication in their upcoming anthology Night Terrors II.

It’s a story about a recently-single mother, dealing with strange goings on around her daughter. I don’t have any more details about the anthology yet, other than there was a huge number of submissions, but I look forward to sharing them with you nearer the release.

One of the reasons I’m so happy about this sale is that this is my first sale of 2011. And coming in September, it’s been quite a dry spell. I think it’s mostly due to the fact that I put my writing on hold for the first part of the year, in preference to my final year of university. But still, as a writer it’s not been a fun nine dry months.

So here’s to a taste of success, being all the sweeter for taking so bleedin’ long to get here.

Sale to Wicked East Press!

Cup of Joe - Coffee House Flash Fiction Collection, from Wicked East Press and edited by edited by Jessica A. Weiss

Yup, I have a sale to announce!

A piece of flash fiction I wrote, titled “Good Eating”, has been accepted to be published in the anthology Cup of Joe- Coffee House Flash Fiction from small press publisher Wicked East Press.

The story itself is a short piece that tells the story of a pair of Russian immigrants who, having fled persecution in their own country, have opened a kebab shop in London.

I’m not sure yet when the anthology will be published, but it should be in print by December 2010. It’s also edited by Jessica A. Weiss, who edited the Silver Moon, Bloody Bullets anthology from Pill Hill Press (in which I featured).

Exciting stuff!

Bloody Carnival Anthology

The Bloody Carnival anthology, from Pill Hill Press

More good news! My short story “Tears of a Clown” will be appearing in the anthology Bloody Carnival, from Pill Hill Press.

It is an anthology of stories (unsurprisingly) centring around carnival and circus settings, and from what I can currently gather, it contains a lot of scary clown stories.

Which brings me to my contribution, “Tears of a Clown”. One of the scary clown brigade, it follows a man with a phobia of clowns, who finds himself alone in an empty circus, after dark, desperately searching for his fiancée’s daughter. I had a lot of fun writing it, despite my own fear of clowns (seriously, when I own my own home, I’m going to keep a shotgun under the bed, specifically for dealing with clown attacks*- that’s how neurotic/paranoid I am), and I really hope that you’ll enjoy reading it (HINT: buy a copy. Please).

I’m not quite sure when it’s going to be released, but I’m guessing it will probably be sometime in the next few months. I’ll post more details as and when I have them.

*Interesting note: said shotgun would also be useful for my other main phobias, spiders and mannequins. If you think using a shotgun on a spider is overkill, I urge you to consult Ron Pearlman’s character in Alien: Resurrection, as well as the film Eight Legged Freaks.