Short Story

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.

State of Imagination #1 goes live!

State of Imagination #1 (January 2011)

What a way to start the new year!

Shaylen Maxwell’s new literary online magazine, entitled State of Imagination, has just gone live with it’s debut January issue.

And, the reason I’m trumpeting this so loudly, is that it contains a story of mine!

Yes, State of Imagination #1 provides a home for my short story “In King Midas’ Court”, which sees a UN investigator arrive at a gold manufacturing facility in the Amazon, to investigate its miraculous claims and the rumours behind them.

The magazine is free to read, and contains a wealth of other fiction besides mine, so please do take a look, and let me know what you think of “In King Midas’ Court”.

Sale to State of Imagination!

This morning I woke up and turned on my laptop, as I usually do. My second destination once it had booted up (after the BBC News website, just to check the world hadn’t ended whilst I was asleep) was my email inbox. The last couple of months have been something of a dry spell as far as my inbox has been concerned, but today there was the ominous and exciting legend “1 unread message” waiting on the Windows Live home screen.

It was, when I opened it up, from Shaylen Maxwell, the editor in chief of State of Imagination, a new webzine coming soon to the internets. He said that he had enjoyed reading my short story “In King Midas’ Court”, and was happy to accept it for the inaugural issue of his new periodical.

So huzzah! Some good news to kick off the day!

“In King Midas’ Court” is a near-future science-fiction story I wrote earlier this year, and features a UN Inspector, a foreboding and suddenly rich corporation, and strange possibly-alien slugs. Oh, and plenty of gold. What more could you want?

Issue #1 of State of Imagination is on track to go live in January 2011, so there’s a little bit of a wait, but really it’s not so bad for this sort of thing. When it does, I’ll post up the link so that you can all enjoy it. Until then, check out State of Imagination‘s website. They seem like a lovely, professional bunch.

The Four Horsemen: An Anthology of Conquest, War, Famine and Death

The above named anthology is now on sale in both hardback and paperback from (and also on, for any US readers interested)!

The anthology is published by Pill Hill Press, and contains my short story “Scorched Earth”. The anthology is partitioned into four sections (unsurprisingly entitled Conquest, War, Famine and Death), and mine is in the first of them.

It’s a near-future science-fiction story, about a world gripped by strange and sudden effects of global climate change, which may be more than they appear to be. It’s also the first acceptance I ever received (though paradoxically, the third to appear in print), so has a special significance to me as my first step into the world of professional fiction writing.