Fragments is reviewed by /Garbage-File

I’m delighted that /Garbage-File has reviewed my collection of short stories, Fragments, and deemed it well worth your money. If you like psychological horror that is gore-free but leaves you feeling decidedly uncomfortable, then this is for you.

My favourite bit was when the reviewer described one of my stories as ‘car-crash reading’. 🙂

It’s available for about £1 from Amazon or Smashwords.

Fragments now available as an e-book

Fragments coverFragments is a collection of deliciously disturbing tales of psychological horror, featuring ghosts, supernatural creatures, and most terrifying of all, humans.

Fragments is now available via Amazon for the Kindle or via Smashwords for all e-reader formats.

C.R. Smith and I published Fragments a couple of years ago but originally it was only available on as a .pdf. Not the best format for reading stories, especially ones so creepy you’ll need to be safely tucked up in bed, so we’ve created it in as many formats as we can.

If you read it, I’d love to hear your comments. Leave me a review where you purchased it, or a reply on this blog.

What I’ve been writing while I haven’t been here

Book reviews are a bit behind. I have got a couple to do and I’ve nearly finished War and Peace. But the real reason I haven’t been posting here as often as I’d like is that I’ve been writing this:

The London Storytelling Group Carrion Crown Campaign

As a shared world writing experience – i.e. I’m writing it with other people and the story is created through group roleplay – I find I’m enjoying it immensely. I never imagined that collaborative writing would be so much fun. I thought my need for creative control would totally freak out and I wouldn’t be able to work with ideas coming in from all directions. Instead I’m finding that I’m really inspired.

I’m thinking of turning it into a novel. What do you think? Would you read it?

Cover art for Fragments!

I said in a previous post that I would share the artwork that was used for the cover of Fragments. So, here it is.

It was designed by my co-author, C. R. Smith, whose other work can be found on his DeviantArt page. I really like it and I like it more each time I look at it.

And, because this is a shameless self-promotion post, I would be remiss if I didn’t tell you it was available at for 99p. 🙂

Breaking News: I have published stories!

I’m so very excited. Fragments was published today and is available for download or as print-on-demand from

Fragments is a collection of eight short stories of the macabre and creepy kind, of which I have contributed four. It is available to buy for 99p which is incredibly good value. The format is pdf which can be read on kindles or smartphones or ipads or laptops so you can read it on whatever device you like best.

Later in the week I’ll add a picture of the lovely cover art produced by my fellow contributor.

Stories on DeviantArt

I have two of my short stories on this blog: Innocent, which was published in a now-defunct ‘zine, and Hell, which wasn’t published anywhere.

Both have moved over to my brand-new DeviantArt page, I’ll be posting more vignettes soon. I think I’ll also add the introduction to my new work-in-progress, Wormfeeder.

The Third Step will get published!

A while ago, Pantechnicon accepted a second short story from me. The Third Step was supposed to go into Issue 9 but didn’t make it. Then Pantechnicon had to close and I thought, well, that’s that then. I suppose I better send it off to some other places.

I didn’t. Life has been very much on hold this year. A very large part of the last ten months has been taken up with the need to secure permanent employment. That is still the case and will be for the foreseeable future. I’ve been lucky to get a temporary contract and be earning enough to pay the mortgage, eat and buy a few nice things. It still means that every spare moment is eaten up by job hunting and it still feels very insecure.

Yesterday I had some good news. Pantechnicon will be putting out two final issues alongside Theaker’s Quarterly Fiction. My story had got lost between editors; now it’s been found again, they’d like to publish it in the final issue of Pantechnicon, which will come out in April 2010.