Once Upon A Parsec

A while back I was delighted to be asked by author and editor, David Gullen, to contribute a story for a forthcoming anthology with a brilliant premise: alien fairy tales. What would be the stories told by the elders of alien civilizations to thrill and instruct the younger members of their society? What might their […]

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The Tortoise and The Jackal

Before Christmas I announced that I’ve got a story coming out in a new anthology called The Jackal Who Came In From The Cold. It’s a collection of spy stories with a twist: the characters are either furry or anthropomorphic animals, and my story, The Long Game, is a love letter to George Smiley via […]

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Imposter Syndrome

I have a story forthcoming in an excellent new anthology of horror stories called Imposter Syndrome. Editors James Everington and Dan Howarth have ask the cream of the current British horror writing scene (and also me) for stories of eerie doppelgangers and doubles, clones and imposters, and I’m delighted to be sharing book space with […]

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Elasticity: the Best of Elastic Press

Really excited about the imminent release of Elasticity: The Best Of Elastic Press, edited by Andrew Hook. For the uninitiated, between 2002 and 2008 Elastic Press kick-started the careers of dozens of indie, genre and slipstream writers by giving them a platform to showcase their short fiction. I still treasure volumes by the likes of […]

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The obligatory January thing

It seems to have become the custom that in December I do a round up of the year, and in January I follow it up with a plans-and-expectations spiel. Sometimes I compare the one at the end with the one at the beginning, sometimes I know not to bother. Anyway, welcome to 2016’s now-obligatory January post. […]

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WFC shopping list

One of the benefits of the awards reading stint was that I inadvertently didn’t buy any new books for several months. I know! Imagine! This of course must be rectified, and it so happens that the imminent World Fantasy Convention will be the epicentre for a conflagration of book launches. In addition to the two […]

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Ready to launch

There’s two and a bit weeks to go before this year’s World Fantasy Convention down in lovely Brighton. I’m not doing terribly much at it, so you’ll mostly find me in the bar, but what will be happening at the con is the launch of a couple of anthologies which I’ve mentioned before here on account of […]

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The truth about me and astrology

As part of the pre-publicity for their Astrologica anthology, The Alchemy Press are running a series of interviews with the contributors. When it came to asking about my star sign, I’m afraid I couldn’t lie. It’s not that I think astrology is nonsense…no wait, if I’m being honest, it’s exactly that. It’s one of those […]

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Sour, sweet

I think I’m okay in announcing that I’ve sold a new story to Chris Kelso and Hal Duncan’s Caledonia Dreamin’ anthology of ‘stories of Scottish descent’. The premise of the anthology is to showcase some of the incredible words available in the lexicon of the Scots language, re-purposing them for a wider and modern audience. […]

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