My short story “Sensing the Dust” was published by Persistent Visions yesterday! This may sound like a well-worn trope, but this story genuinely has a special place in my heart. Please do read it over on Persistent Visions’ website. It’s up there for free so no excuses. *SPOILER break* Okay, done? Firstly I hope you got it. When I took it to my beta readers, the Manchester Speculative Fiction Writing group, only 50% of them “got it”. For those of you who don’t know about my d
So with the Sirens antho released this week, there’s been a flurry of guest blogs and activity. Here’s a quick update about what’s being going on. The anthology editor Rhonda Parrish has hosted a series of guest blogs from contributors on topics as varied as the mythology of sirens to discovering horror movies as a child. My own contribution is on the drama in Japanese dramas (tropetastic guilty pleasures). I also did another post featured on Laura VanArendonk Baugh‘s websit
My Japanese ghost story “Kaonashi” is over on Expanded Horizons website. It’s free so read it now before continuing with this spoiler-tastic blog post. The stroy was first published in an indie press horror anthology called Candlelight Volume II, editor Jonathan Schlosser back in 2009. I love this story because of several things. Firstly, noppera-bo tales are great. They don’t tend to do much other than freak people out, but the concept of having no face is spectacularly cree
Cover by SL Johnson The much anticipated Fox Spirit anthology Winter Tales has been released today. Buy it on Amazon UK or Amazon US My featured story ‘Yukizuki’ was heavily inspired by the long Hokkaido winters during the 3 years I lived in Japan as well as my love of yokai. Margrét Helgadóttir was a dream editor and a lovely person whom I hope to work with again soon. As well as my Asian-inspired story, there are some brilliant stories and poems from the likes of Ruth Booth
My Vietnamese fantasy story “Spirit of Regret” has been accepted for publication in Insignia’s South-East Asian Fantasy Stories. I wrote it after living and working in Vietnam. In the cities, the young couples would sit in yoghurt shops and cafes reading manga and barely talking to each other and it inspired this story. There are also more motorbikes than people in Ho Chi Minh city. I found Vietnam to be a complex and gritty place that actually taught me more about other part
Received in the post this morning my contributor’s copy of Monomyth Magazine, Volume 11.1, Issue 49 featuring my short story “Writing the Happily Ever After”. “The third suitor knew he would succeed because, in fairytales, the rules of three always apply. He was slow to realise that this wasn’t quite a normal fairytale.” “Writing the Happily Ever After” is a metafictional satire playing fairy tales against urban Glasgow. “The reader isn’t going to let this go on indefinitely.
“The boy who made stars”, which was written during my year on Sado Island, Japan, has just been published on Fantasy Magazine website. An author interview is also now up. I like Christmas presents like this the best. #fantasymagazine #published #theboywhomadestars #writing