Short Edition Competition

Honoured to be one of the three judges for the final cut in the short story competition “Long Story Short Award 2020” being held by Short Edition. Universities around the world are taking part.

Looking forward to reading the finalists in December. 🙂

From the publisher Short Edition:

“Starting October 5th, Short Edition invites students from all participating universities to submit your short stories, poetry, and creative nonfiction of 7,500 characters or less, entering into our first ever inter-university contest, Long Story Short Award 2020.”

Binge-Watching Cure anthology out soon


TOC for the inaugural edition of The Binge Watching Cure, Claren Books.

Halfway by Sarah Doebereiner
The Power of Patience by Bill Adler Jr.
Categorical Thinking by Nat Gertler
The News by Kealsey Dean
The Blind Man by Kurt Bachard
Byproducts by Hanna Alkaf
Little Pig by Anna Taborska
Spy Night by Scott Merrow
The Final Chapter of Marathon Mandy by Zach Shepard
The Saint of Bright Red Things by Charity Tahmaseb
First Day at An Khe by Monty Joynes
Zump by Beth Patterson
The Hourglass at Sea by Frances Park
Through Fire and Flood by Kristy Baxter
Dog Island by Melissa Yi
Ashes to Ashes by Shane Simmons
The Maltese Chicken by Allen Appel
The Souls of This City by Katherine Crighton
The World Beyond by Jennifer Porter
The Gun by Hákon Gunnarsson

…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.

moon girl

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 :




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!)