And still MORE stories…

Firstly, Ellen Datlow’s Best Horror of the Year Volume 12 is now out in all formats, containing a (small) story by me, and a whole load of amazing authors. leaving me mildly shocked to be in their company. Remember that, in the current climate, independent bookshops, like all small businesses, are finding it tough going. If you have one near you, please use it. If you don’t, I might suggest as an alternative to… um, you know who. For the Datlow, that’s

Secondly, a new story in Interzone, following my long piece in issue 287. “Cryptozoology” appears in issue 289, and it’s the story of a marriage… with monsters. “Like a collaboration between John Updike and Bernard Heuvelmans,” said no critic ever. It has a great illustration by Richard Wagner:

Plus, this rip-roaring cover by Warwick Fraser-Coombe:

Find that at — you might want to consider a subscription to Interzone and Black Static, both of which publish some extraordinary work.

Crimewave 12: Hurts

1383766_10200917883617927_1597478517_nThis is Ben Baldwin’s cover art for Crimewave 12: Hurts, available from TTA Press. I was going to post it as an ad for my story in the book, but I’ve just read Simon Avery’s novella, “The Only Broken Blonde”, also included, which is probably one of the best crime stories I’ve ever come across, fast-paced and with a grisly sense of authenticity.┬áIf the rest of the book proves this good, it will be an extraordinary collection. Excuse me while I go back to my reading…