Ten Chimes to Midnight: A Collection of Ghost Stories is out now from Amazon, and it’s free from Amazon for the next few days. This is a collection of ten ghost stories. I’ve written short story collections before, but this is the first time I’ve actually made sure that they’re all about ghosts. There are ghosts at train stations, ghosts in asylums, ghosts on bridges and ghosts in several other places as well. Some of the ghosts are scary, some have good intentions. It was quite a challenge to mix things up and keep the stories from getting repetitive. There are two stories about abandoned, remote houses, but apart from that I think there’s a fairly varied set of locations.
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Just a quick note to say that Masters of Horror: A Horror Anthology is out now from Amazon (here’s the UK link). This is a collection of horror short stories by some great authors, including Matt Shaw, Brian Lumley, Sam West and far too many others to mention. I’m also in there, with a short story titled Checkout.
Lamb to Slaughter is the story of a girl who has to face her destiny one Easter. I don’t want to give away any spoilers, but let’s just say that she has to take a walk through the forest, where she meets something or someone that might be willing to offer her another chance.
You can find a full list of contributors on the product page, but by my count there are 22 different stories in the book. And now I’m off to read them all! P.S. I’ve also set up a page here that lists shorts stories I’ve written that appear in various other places.
Christmas Market is the story of a girl who agrees to tag along on a visit to a market, only to discover a strange, dark stall hidden in the corner. This particular stall hides some dark secrets, and Emma isn’t the only person who left her Christmas shopping until the last minute…
Last Wrong Turn, a sequel to one of the stories from my Perfect Little Monsters collection, is out now from Amazon!
Last Wrong Turn is the story of Penny, a heavily pregnant woman who finds herself trapped in a remote Kentish farmhouse. She’s the latest prisoner of Enda, the girl from the Perfect Little Monsters title story, but Enda is now in charge of the farm, and things aren’t about to run smoothly!
And in case anyone is wondering: Yes, I do have a third story in mind for this series. I’m already working on a book in which the farmhouse receives a fresh batch of unwelcome visitors…
Perfect Little Monsters and Other Stories, my first short story collection, is out now from Amazon! The book collects together five brand new stories, as well as a revised version of The Scream.
The five new stories begin with the title story, Perfect Little Monsters, in which a strange young girl finally believes she has been given a new sister. Things don’t quite work out that way, however, and soon the pigs in the yard are given a feast. This is followed by I Hate You, a story about a girl who spends her life tormenting strangers online, and who then receives a taste of her own medicine.
Next is Meat, about a woman who starts to worry that her neighbors are a little strange. Then again, people in glass houses…
Fifty Fifty is set in a prison, where the inmates are being used as part of a macabre experiment. Unfortunately for the prison’s dictatorial governor, his plans are about to be interrupted. Then there’s Stay Up Late, in which a man stays up after his wife and daughter have gone to bed. As he opens a bottle of wine, he hears a knock on the door…
I’m already planning a second book of short stories, with similar themes. I should probably mention that these stories are quite graphic and nasty, and they also feature strong language, albeit only in context. And one of them is already getting a sequel in the next collection!
Tenderling is a new horror novella about a little girl who realizes there’s something hiding in her family’s new house. Unfortunately, she’s about to discover that getting rid of a Tenderling is pretty much impossible…
This isn’t the first time I’ve written about Tenderlings, but it’s the first time I’ve based a whole book on them. They first appeared way, way back in the first series of Dark Season, and since then they’ve made brief appearances in both Lupine Howl and Dead Souls. Each appearance has added a little more information about what they are, where they come from, and how they operate. In Tenderling, however, you’ll learn a lot more.
The Writer is out now from Amazon. It’s a novella about a woman who turns to her neighbor for help when she sees the ghosts of her dead husband and daughter.
I put a science fiction short story on Amazon yesterday. It’s titled A Single Blade of Grass and it’s the usual 99 cents (although it should be free for a few days starting from Wednesday). Here’s the blurb:
Nick Charles is an agent of the Invisible Crimes Detection Unit (ICDU). He spends his days as an invisible observer of society, keeping an eye out for potential crimes.
But Nick has a problem. No matter what he does, every morning he wakes up with a single blade of grass on his foot. He can’t work out where it’s coming from, but could it have something to do with a cranial implant recently inserted into his skull by his employers?
At 5,500 words, it’s fairly brief and I was originally planning to have it as one of a series of stories in a collection, but I decided to dip my toe into the water by releasing it this way instead. I’ve not tried sci-fi before, so it was fun to try writing something totally new. Anyway, I have to get back to boring ‘regular’ work and then there’s some editing work to do on Dark Season VIII: Dead End, and probably ten million other things to be doing as well!