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The Suffering – story art

As promised, here is the artwork that will accompany my story, THE SUFFERING, when it is published in September’s issue of Black Static (making it my sixth appearance in the magazine, so far). The artist is the incredible Tara Ann Bush.

The Suffering



I’ve announced this on Facebook already, so it might not be news to some of you, but here it is: my debut short story collection is due to be released next year by TTA Press, publisher of Black Static magazine. The awesome Wayne Haag will provide the cover art, and in the coming months I will be revealing more about the book and talking about some of the stories that will be included in its pages…watch this space.

It’s been a couple months since SO MANY HEARTBEATS, SO MANY WORDS appeared in Black Static (#46), and it’s fair to say that it has been generally well-received by readers and reviewers alike. A number of people messaged me on Facebook to share their thoughts, and one or two even posted some kind words on here. If you were one of them, please accept my deepest thanks. It’s appreciated, believe me. If you want to read the story, you can download the issue onto your Kindle from Amazon or buy issues (or even a subscription) direct from TTA Press. It’s a wonderful magazine, and I’ve been pretty lucky to be a part of its history.

The latest issue (#47) is out now, featuring columns by Stephen Volk and Lynda E. Rucker; fiction from James Van Pelt, Kate Jonez, John Connolly, Bonnie Jo Stufflebeam, Ray Cluley, and Eric J Guignard.

I will be back in September’s issue (#48) with THE SUFFERING, and hopefully I’ll be in a position to share the artwork that will accompany that story in the next few weeks…

Meantime, I’m working on something new. PERSPECTIVE is an ambitious multi-viewpoint story (it’s written in First, Second, and Third Person) that deals with an historical rape, hysterical blindness, and a marriage feeling the strains of both. It’s about power and powerlessness, the need to be seen, and the need to see. Hands down, it’s the darkest, most disturbing thing I’ve ever written. But I feel it has some important things to say. All going well, it will be ready soon. As it’s my first project following a long break I am taking my time and getting it right…

Two acceptances, one thank you

After a long and difficult quiet period (my last story acceptance was exactly one year ago today, oddly enough), I am thrilled to announce the sale of not one but two stories to UK horror magazine Black Static. These will be my fifth and sixth appearances in the magazine, although never let it be said that it gets any easier – it doesn’t!

The first story is called So Many Heartbeats, So Many Words.  It’s a 7,900 word novelette about family relationships and communication (or rather, lack of), and it’s probably the most heartfelt and personal story I’ve written to date (inspired by actual events, let’s say), and so I am both excited and nervous about how it will be received by the Black Static readership. Fingers crossed.

There is a family relationship at the heart of the other story too, which is called The Suffering, and it is that of a mother and her dead daughter. At 5,500 words it is one of the shortest stories I’ve written in a while. I don’t often write about monsters, but you’ll find one in this tale. I hope I did it justice.

Look out for these stories in future issues of Black Static, as well as tales from the likes of Gary McMahon, Cate Gardner, and Damien Angelica Walters, to name but three. Then, that’s probably three reasons you should take out a subscription…

Lastly, thank you once again to Priya Sharma and Ray Cluley for their selfless encouragement and support of late – two hugely talented writers with better things to do with their time than pick me up and dust me down, but that’s precisely what they did. Read their work, folks. For such good and decent people, they write some dark and scary sh#t!

All the best.