Archive for July, 2013

Amazon Fergies Finest

The great reviews for Fergie’s Finest continue to roll in.  Amazon now has seven four-or-five star reviews and an average rating of just over 4.5/5.

You can purchase your copy of the book here.

And you can read all the other reviews here.

Pics from the Leeds Book Fair

Posted: July 26, 2013 in Events

I performed a reading and signed copies of my books at Leeds Book Fair at the St. John’s Centre, today. Here’s some imageroonies:

Leeds Book Fair

Leeds Book Fair 2

Leeds Book Fair 3

Two of AJ Kirby’s short stories have been picked up for publication by Alfie Dog Fiction. ‘History and Her Story’, published for the first time in print and e-version, and ‘Every Generation Throws a Hero Up The Pop Charts’ are the stories in question. Watch this space for publication dates.

AlfiedogAlfie Dog Fiction brings you the very best short story downloads for most ereaders. We have hundreds of individual short stories, collections and other ebooks. All our stories are reviewed and  edited before being brought to you, the reader. We only select the best and at Alfie Dog Fiction you can be sure of a good read.

To find out more, visit their website here:

I’ll be wearing my Dog Horn Publishing hat (they took my stories for two anthologies, Cabala and Bite me Robot Boy, and I came runner-up in their 2011 Fiction Prize) on Friday (26th July) when I perform at the Leeds Book Fair. Here’s the poster:


And here’s the gen on Leeds Book Fair:

“We are proud to present Leeds’ first indie book fair for independent publishers, bookshops and authors in the UK. This public event will take place in the heart of Leeds at St. Johns Centre and the Arch Cafe between the 26th and 27th of July 2013.

Our theme, for this first year, is Worldwide and Alternative literature. The book fair aims to bring diverse literary cultures together and celebrate literary diversity. There will be an obvious emphasis on translations – Literature across frontiers show that only 4.5% of the worldwide literature is available in English. Our guests will also represent the rich and diverse subcultures that have settled in the United Kingdom.” 

Read more on their website here:


TeaattheMidlandcoverMy book of the month for July is Tea at the Midland and Other Stories, a powerful short fiction collection from the masterful David Constantine (why is it I keep nearly writing Paddy Considine here?).

You can read my full review of the book on The Short Review website here:

And here is a brief excerpt:

“‘I like being slant on to habitual lives, he says, I like walking through a town when people are going out to work, I like walking on their streets, and out. That pace of change is right, no faster than a man can walk, then truly the eyes and the mind and the heart will take things in. Why should you hurry even through ugliness? You should come among beauties very gradually. That is why I like climbing rivers at their vilest, to see where they began.’

The above quotation, from the story Romantic, the final piece in David Constantine’s resolutely excellent collection Tea at the Midland: and Other Stories, recalls the work of another famous Salfordian LS Lowry and his ‘slant-on’ views of the industrial north with its ‘matchstick men’ and ugly, primitive chimneys. Like Lowry, Constantine is an artist whose work is instantly, disarmingly accessible. On face value the stories in this collection – in which the stories hang so well together they might have been carefully selected by some master curator – are simple and engaging. The writing is stripped-back, the paragraphs economical. The sentences are sometimes stark. Not a word is wasted.”

Ace Cameron kindle CoverMy fantasy novella, Ace Cameron and the Red Peril is free on Amazon today, and tomorrow.

UK readers can get their hands on a copy here:

US readers can get their hands on a copy here:

germ-warfare-hand1The Germ magazine have snapped up (or should that be been infected by) the writing of AJ Kirby. They’ve accepted my new short, ‘The Mystery of the Grunty Man’, for publication in their late September 2013 issue. I’ll bring you all the usual links etc nearer to the time so you can wrap your reading gear around it.

The Germ magazine “are a new print periodical of fresh, sincere, aesthetically stimulating verse and prose”. Have a shuffties at The Germ magazine here: