…to the Moon

ISD_highres_AS11_AS11-44-6552SmallOne of my longer stories (just under 10,000 words) featuring a child as the main protagonist will be going into the Young Explorer’s Adventure Guide 2018 in a limited edition of the anthology, published by Dreaming Robot Press.

Looking forward to this one, especially since placing long stories (novellas/novelettes) usually takes quite a bit of time.






More to come; not sure of dates yet.

Binge-Watching Cure

I love the title of this anthology, to be published by Claren Books.  The brilliant Bill Adler Jr. is to publish one of my short stories (literary fiction) for the Binge-Watching Cure anthology, publication date mid/late 2017.

Looks like it’s going to be a whopper of an anthology with stories ranging from 100 to 25,000 word.

From site:

The Binge-Watching Cure

Coming in Summer 2017

The Binge-Watching Cure is an anthology of short stories of increasing size. By the time you’ve finished reading The Binge-Watching Cure, you’ll be able to tackle Joyce and Pynchon. Or at the very least, you’ll enjoy novels you hear about from friends and family. The Binge-Watching Cure will reignite your love for reading; it will better your life.

Just as you enter a cold swimming pool one body part at a time, get used to drinking beer sip by foamy sip, or learn to enjoy spicy food in little, fiery nibbles, The Binge-Watching Cure gradually acclimates you to reading longer and longer stories, until a novel-length book goes down smoothly, tasting sweet, and making you want more.


Alfred Hitchock Magazine May 2016

AHMM May issue, containing my novella “The Empty Space”, out now.


In May’s issue: “Bad ideas often make for good stories. Advising your friend on her love life? Messing about with volatile chemicals? Sharing details of a wealthy client’s will? What could go wrong?

So many, many things, as the stories in our annual humor issue demonstrate. Before you issue a magical challenge to your longtime romantic rival, or abruptly cancel your Hawaiian vacation for a part in a troubled theater production, or seek to engage in collective bargaining when your profession is burglary, ask yourself, what could go wrong?

Or don’t, because the results will be that much more entertaining for the rest of us.”


For an excerpt of the story : https://www.themysteryplace.com/ahmm/excerpts/excerpt1.aspx




Night Lights

Geminid’s brilliant anthology “Night Lights” goes on sale at Amazon today and will be on sale in paperback later this month.


Night Lights is a trilogy of science fiction works in one anthology: First Contact, Conspiracy, and Space Opera. You’ll find my comic sci-fi story “The Singular Martian Invasion” in First Contact.

From Amazon: “The short stories in Night Lights are populated with aliens, high and low technology, spaceships — including one with divine aspirations and one helmed by an otter — humans and not-so-human artificial intelligences, Earth locales, and far-off new worlds. There’s more too, and in each tale, the characters’ struggles will stretch your imagination and sense of reality, while posing profound questions about morality, society and justice, and raising uncertainties of the unknown and unchecked technological evolution. With 21 original stories from talented, new authors about extraterrestrials, conspiracies, and space exploration, Night Lights is full of moments that will make you gasp, shudder, laugh, and wonder.”


Chillin’ Ghost Stories

Story going in this anthology …

Gothic Fantasy

From the FlameTree website:

Chilling Ghost Short Stories

With a new forword by Dr Dale Townsend, this is a chilling selection of brand new stories, and essential ghostly shorts from the infamous pens of Charles Dickens, Henry James, Wilkie Collins, Washington Irving (The Legend of Sleepy Hollow), Algernon Blackwood, Elizabeth Gaskell, William Hope Hodgson (The Gateway of the Monster), M.R. James, Sheridan Le Fanu, Oscar Wilde (The Canterville Ghost), and other phantasmagoric authors… This powerful new book is a dazzling collection of the most gripping tales, vividly told.



Alfred Hitchcock Magazine

Just sold a story to Alfred Hitchcock Mystery Magazine. I’m overjoyed, of course. An understatement – for a writer, AHMM is a big deal. One of my longer short stories – although it’s more strictly called a novelette at just under 12,000 words. Not sure which issue yet. More news to follow…

Links (as if AHMM needs explaining!)




Bastion SciFi again

Another short fiction in Bastion Science Fiction Magazine. June issue (3), this time. The story was based on a note in Somerset Maugham’s “A writer’s notebook”.

My last story for Bastion in April’s issue is also featured on their site to promote the mag. **update – They were on site, until I asked for them to be removed because I plan to put them into print. You can still read the stories if you buy a copy of the Bastion emag, of course.

If you haven’t read anything in the slick and diverse Bastion yet, you can get the last two issues (April, May) from here:




Bastion Science Fiction Magazine

After a long spell of serious ill health, which stopped me dead in my tracks for a while, I’m finally back into the submitting game and looking forward to seeing one of my shorts in this new science fiction mag paying writers semi pro rates: Bastion Science Fiction Magazine, edited by R. Leigh Hennig. Inaugural issue out in April.


Bastion Science Fiction Magazine April, 2014 – “That World Up There” (again I’m writing about being underground/isolated, which seems to be a leitmotif with me these days!)



The book is finally doing the rounds with the agents now, at last. One down, seven more to fix up and send off. Unless you’re a writer, you really don’t realise how labour intensive this business can be at times.

I don’t do cover letters (and despite one smallpress editor mistakenly thinking I lovingly crafted a cover letter, I never have) … unless I’m submitting to an agent or book publisher. 🙂

Trick starters

I rarely blog unless something really sticks in my craw. Well, recently after reading a post about an editor only reading a line or two of a story before making a decision, it got me thinking. I know that no two editors work in the same way (the same can be said of writers), but it occurred to me to think about my reading habits. I’ve come to the conclusion that I’d rather read a slow-starter that becomes a great story than a facile story with a great opening. I read lots and lots and lots, and I’ve read too many stories in my time that start off great and fast and end up with a pile of nothing. It’s the slow burners IMHO which are written by the more competent confident writers writing the kind of thing worth reading. And anyone who says they know if a story is any good by the second sentence is pretending to be psychic. Besides, a trick opening is as puerile as a trick ending. What qualifies me to say this? Well  I’m also a voracious reader – I’ll eat your words for breakfast.