Monday, March 21, 2011

In No Particular Order...

...some great horror/dark fantasy short stories. Some famous, some obscure. All worth tracking down.

  • "Amerikanski Dead at the Moscow Morgue" -- Kim Newman
  • "The Wendigo" -- Algernon Blackwood
  • "Boiled Alive" -- Ramsey Campbell
  • "In the Hills, the Cities" --  Clive Barker
  • "The Great God Pan" -- Arthur Machen
  • "The Luck in the Head" -- M. John Harrison 
  • "The House and the Brain" -- Edward Bulwer-Lytton
  • "The Horror of the Heights" -- Arthur Conan Doyle
  • "Smoke Ghost" -- Fritz Leiber
  • "The First Time" -- K.W. Jeter
  • "The Innocents at the Museum of Antiquities" -- Douglas Clegg
  • "Human Remains" -- Clive Barker

Collect 'em all. 

Thursday, March 17, 2011

After some consideration, I've decided to self-publish my first novel.

I expect it to be available within the next 3-4 months. I'll be using, an ebook publishing site. This thing will be available in every possible ebook format--Kindle, iPhone, iPad, Nook, etc. etc. No plans for a printed edition yet, but one never knows.

Haven't written the full press-release-rah-rah-sis-boom-bah-you-are-instantly-fascinated summary yet. I will say that it's titled The Dulcet Constellation, and it's what I'd call Gothic fantasy--think Jane Eyre mixed with Titus Groan. 

After writing a couple of (mercifully unpublished) novels of hardcore, gory horror, I wanted to try something atmospheric and character-driven. I've always had a soft spot for Gothics, which to me are basically about isolated, unbalanced people, cooped up in strange houses and with nothing better to do than make each other miserable. (Of course there's more to them than that, but it's inarguably a constant theme.)

The occult looms large in the story. And it's narrated in the first person by a woman, which was kind of a calculated risk. Curious to see what feminists will think of that one.

Expect magick, mayhem, evil, psychosexual angst, talking animals, strange artwork, lightning, diamonds, pink robes, red hair, one-eyed brothers, rosebushes, house fires, muskets, black horses, and the massive consumption of white chocolate liqueur.

Check back for details as they emerge...
Welcome to my official author page. It's been a long time coming...

I write horror, dark fantasy, science fiction, flash fiction, hint fiction, and anything else that might take my fancy. Basically, if it has a speculative or weird element, I'll try it out.  

I'll be using this page as a main hub, with links to published works and previews of upcoming stuff. Hope you enjoy it.