My new, gritty short story, ‘Coffin Cut’, has been dug up, dusted off, and given a bit of a clean, then published by Mudjob zine. You can read the story here: http://mudjob.blogspot.co.uk/2013/05/a-j-kirby.html
And here’s a brief extract: “Every morning, Mark Nipple was up before the alarm. A quick shower and then a hurried breakfast. A tall glass of juice. A couple slices of dry toast. He no longer took an egg, fried or otherwise. Cholesterol.
Before he left, he’d shout up to his son, Aubrey, and he wouldn’t step out the door until Aube responded. Aube was nineteen: pretty much a vampire. Mark had an irresistible urge to force the kid to encounter daylight. Which was some kind of ironic because it was exactly what Mark’s dad had wanted for him, when Mark was the nineteen year old with dreams of making it as a musician, burning the candle low at one end in the low-rent bars and back-street clubs of Maine. Only, his dad hadn’t made do with a simple shout. No, he’d thundered up to Mark’s room and physically dragged him out his pit. “
The Contributor Spotlight shone on me recently as I was profiled following my role in the publication of ‘Forging Freedom’, an anthology from Freedom Forge Press. You can read my interview here: http://www.freedomforgepress.com/2013/10/07/contributor-spotlight-a-j-kirby/
And you can get hold of a copy of the anthology here: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00F72SXIM/ref=cm_sw_su_dp
And here’s a short review from Amazon: “Inspiring stories of courage, values and integrity. Concise stories of our past, present and future. Important for all of us to remember how these freedoms are hard won.”
Posted: December 1, 2013 in AJ Kirby Short Fiction, Freebies
My story, ‘The Kings of the Swingers’ has today been published on the Roar and Thunder magazine website. You can read the story for free here: http://roarandthunder.com.au/2013/the-kings-of-the-swingers/
And here’s an excerpt:
“It’s not like we doing it for attention. But we do kind of make a show of it; build up the tension and that.
We limber up like. Do us stretches. Yank off us tees so we just in our playtime scrubs: thick trackie bottoms, socks pulled up over the ‘lastic bit at the bottom; Nike Airs. Come out swinging like we about to fight, or fuck, or just jump in canal.
All of us have wiry bodies. Knotted muscles. Shaven heads. Some of us have tatts. They’re prison-ink style like the ones some of our dads have – those of them who’re still around. The Ding has a great big one on his back of a cartoon man covering up his cartoon mouth with his cartoon hand because he was always getting told to shut the hell up at school and at home and pretty much everywhere he went. Now though he does his talking with his feet, with his legs. He’s one of the best of us and he’s definitely the best showman and you get the impression he likes all this crap before we get into what we get into. Manny has one which says JUNGLIST MASSIVE on his pecs above his heart. A right noisy tattoo that one. I had one too and it was supposed to be like a copy of that but it hurt like twatbags and the tattoo-feller took beards of time over it so in the end I had the slow bastard stop when he’d just writ JUNG which is a bit shit especially when I scratched at the writing too much and made all the colours run. Manny won’t let none of them say nowt about it though and he put his arm on my shoulder once and said JUNG’s a good tatt anyway on account of Jung was a Swiss psychology-feller who knew all about dreams and that, and I was a dreamer.”
A quick update on my short fiction. I’ve had quite a lot of acceptances over the past few weeks (for the full list go here: http://andykirbythewriter.20m.com/custom_1.html) and there’s some moving and shaking in terms of new stories you can read.
First up, my piece ‘The Kings of the Swingers’, will feature in Australia’s Roar and Thunder magazine on 1 December. To read it, visit the website here: http://roarandthunder.com.au/
Next, my story ‘Ashes to Ashes’ has been snapped up by Pen and Plot.
And finally, my story ‘Temperance’ has been acquired by the closer-to-home (Scottish) publication, Two Hundred by 200.
Also watch this space for news on the release of my sci-fi novelette, ‘The Rabble-Rousing Rhetoric and Propagandist Images of the Nu Gen Government under Mace Clark’, which will be published by the South African publishers Fox and Raven.
Posted: November 26, 2013 in Fergie's Finest
Posted: November 22, 2013 in Uncategorized
My dark fiction shorts collection Trickier & Treatier is on a weekend free promo, from November 22, 2013 to November 25, 2013. To get your hands on a copy, go here: http://www.amazon.co.uk/Trickier-Treatier-AJ-Kirby-ebook/dp/B00GBWTYSA/ref=sr_1_1?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1383219228&sr=1-1&keywords=trickier+and+treatier
Here’s the write-up: From the bloodied pen of critically acclaimed horror author AJ Kirby comes this new and terrifying collection of 8 bloodcurdling horror shorts.
These are short, sharp, shocking stories from the darker side of the street. They are viceral tales of body horror. They are tales of bloodthirsty beasts on the prowl. They are stories of madness and mayhem, and of things that go bump in the night.
This book is a must-read for horror fans, and those who’ve already enjoyed Kirby’s works such as ‘Paint this town Red’, ‘Bully’, ‘Sharkways’, ‘Perfect World’ and ‘The Haunting of Annie Nicol’.