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Weird War Anthology

Last week I was thrilled to hear from the folk at War of the Words Press, who emailed one of the kindest acceptance letters I have gotten so far.

My story, “The Lesser of Two Evils” (which features Nazis, partisans and Baba Yaga!), will be appearing in their upcoming Weird War Anthology.

Ironically, I had written this piece with another anthology in mind and just missed the deadline, but it turned out to be a happy accident as this anthology looks like it will be awesome, and the editors have been a joy to deal with.

Tales of the Shadowmen Vol 8 TOC Announced

Very excited to announce that my story, “Catspaw”, will be appearing in the upcoming Tales of the Shadowmen: Agents Provocateurs. This is volume eight in an ongoing series which takes characters from the great pulp tales, French in particular, and gives them new life. The TOC looks very strong:

Matthew Baugh: Don Camillo and the Secret Weapon starring Don Camillo, James Bond, Eva Kant.
Nicholas Boving: The Elfberg Red starring Rudolph Rassendyll, Raffles, Countess Cagliostro.
Matthew Dennion: The Most Dreadful Monster starring Madame Atomos, Bruce Banner.
John Gallagher: The Books of Shadows (illustrated portfolio)
Martin Gately: Leviathan Creek starring Rouletabille, Kapitan Mors.
Micah Harris: Slouching Towards Camulodunum starring Becky Sharp, Sâr Dubnotal.
Travis Hiltz: In the Caves of the Serpent starring El Borak, Orlando, The Wandering Jew.
Paul Hugli: Sleep No More starring Harry Dickson, The Spider, Dr. Skull.
Rick Lai: Vampire Renaissance starring The Vampire Countess, Dracula
Joseph Lamere: Satan’s Signature starring C. Auguste Dupin, Sherlock Holmes, Dr. Jekyll.
Olivier Legrand: Lost in Averoigne starring Jules de Grandin, Jirel of Joiry.
J.-M. & Randy Lofficier: The Affair of the Necklace Revisited starring The Avenger, Judex.
David McDonald: Catspaw starring Flashman’s son, The Nyctalope’s father, Dr. Moreau.
Chris Nigro: Patricide starring The Phantom of the Opera, The Frankenstein Monster.
John Peel: More Imaginative Sins starring Carnacki, Baal.
Dennis E. Power: Passing through the Hands of Steel starring Passepartout, Johnny Brainerd, Winnetou.
Pete Rawlik: Before the War, Five Dragons Roar starring Charlie Chan, Mr. Moto, Madame Atomos.
Joshua Reynolds: The Carolingian Stone starring Belphegor, Jan Mayen.
Frank Schildiner: The Death Bird starring Jean Kariven, Albert Campion.
Michel Stéphan: With the Compliments of Nestor Burma! starring Nestor Burma, Madame Atomos.
Michel Vannereux: The Warlord of Vaha starring John Carter, Cal.

It was a lot of fun mixing characters from some of my favourite stories, and a great experience writing a story with much more editorial input than I am used to. So far in my brief writing career, I have been submitting to open calls, but this time I was able to talk to the editor, get an idea of what he was looking for and write a story accordingly. It was a whole other ball game and in a  lot of ways, much easier as a writer. It’s something I am looking forward to doing again (I am currently working on another project that I can’t say too much about just yet). And, it was a real buzz being on a TOC with two people who have written for Doctor Who!



Status Update

It’s the end of another cycle of writing, and while I made very hard work of reaching my 15,000 word target, I got there in the end!

As you can see, I got off to a very slow start which I blame on extremely poor health, but a big push later in the month took me over the line. Despite the fact I am moving house (the thought of which I loath) I am going to set a goal of 15,000 words again because I do have a number of projects I have get done.

Notable things from this month:

  • My first invitation to submit to an anthology, as opposed to submitting via an open call. It is certainly lovely to be thought of, and it is not only a higher paying market than I am used to, but it is for a franchise, and area I want to get into.
  • Been commissioned to write a non fiction piece for a nationally circulating newspaper
  • I have four stories in the wild and two of them are at the second round stage
  • Officially started my Diploma of Professional Writing and Editing course, which I am thoroughly enjoying
  • My latest story is now available to buy, details in the next post.

So, a big month ahead – it should be fun!

My first anthology!

So, over the weekend I entered a short story in a writing competition run by Pill Hill Press, and to my delight, it made the final cut!

The anthology will be called “Flesh and Bone: Rise of the Necromancers” and looks like it has some great stories. You can find out more here.

Flesh and Bone: Rise of the Necromancers

As it’s a contest, I am not going to call this my first sale, but it is definitely a great start!

UPDATE: Woke up to an email this morning telling me that my story had been judged third out of 21 stories, so I am pretty thrilled!

I will give up procrastinating…tomorrow

Well, I submitted another story to anthology in the US last night. I am actually very happy with how the story ended up, but I think it may be too “Christian” for the publisher. Not that it is particularly overt, it was just a topic where I couldn’t avoid my own beliefs filtering through and it may not suit their needs. That’s fine, and I certainly wouldn’t hold it against them, plus I think the story is strong enough to submit somewhere else if required.

One thing I am not happy with, though, is how with both stories I have submitted them right on the deadline. I don’t know what it is, but I always leave things to the last minute. If I am preaching, I usually finish my sermon prep on the saturday night or during the day Sunday. It usually works out okay, perhaps the pressure inspires me, but it would certainly be less stress if I left myself some time in hand!