So, here is Ben Baldwin’s cover art for Crimewave 12: Hurts, which I can now announce is due for release in NOVEMBER from TTA Press, publishers of sister magazines Black Static and Interzone. My contribution is the novelette: THE SPACE THAT RUNS AWAY WITH YOU. Hopefully, I will be able to post the full TOC soon…
Let me tell you about the time four old ghosts held death captive in a basement. Let me tell you what that power can do to a man and the sacrifice he will make for the gift of time. But first, let me tell you how we became ghosts in the first place.
– MEN PLAYING GHOSTS, PLAYING GOD
The new issue of Black Static (#35) is available now from TTA Press. Stories by Daniel Mills, Steve Rasnic Tem, Michael Griffin, Caspian Gray, Jason Gould, and Carole Johnstone. The cover artwork is by Richard Wagner, who also provides the interior art for my contribution, the 9800-word novelette, MEN PLAYING GHOSTS, PLAYING GOD. It is particularly satisfying for me to see this story in print because the character, setting, and a (very) small part of the plot first appeared in an unfinished story of mine from 2004, OF BEE AND UNDERTOW. For 8/9 years I’ve wanted to find out what happened to Henry Eddowes in that residential care home, and now – now I know.
Other stories coming soon are THE SPACE THAT RUNS AWAY WITH YOU (novelette) in Crimewave 12 (publication date still to be announced) and A TRICK OF THE NIGHT (short story) in Fireside Magazine (due Dec 2013/Jan 2014).
It’s been a quiet time for me on the writing front (personal issues, Life, call it what you will) but I’m feeling reenergised and ready to get back to some black business… Indeed, I have a number of projects and ideas in the pipeline that just need prioritising before I mention them on here. So, expect some more updates soon.
Following the appearance of THE THINGS THAT GET YOU THROUGH in UK horror magazine, Black Static, and the acceptance of THE MACHINEHOUSE WORKER’S SONG for sister mag, Interzone, I am extremely pleased to announce that my latest, THE SPACE THAT RUNS AWAY WITH YOU, will appear in issue 12 of TTA Press’s Crimewave. Achieving the triple is pretty special to me, and it has given me another jolt of confidence to keep writing and keep getting my work out there. Thanks to editor Andy Cox for his continuing support.