Archive for October, 2013

41PUi0d7CEL._BO2,204,203,200_PIsitb-sticker-arrow-click,TopRight,35,-76_AA278_PIkin4,BottomRight,-65,22_AA300_SH20_OU01_It’s two minutes to midnight – the witching hour – on 31st October 2013, and here’s one last scare to let your day finish with a bang (and a whimper). Why not get your fangs (and claws) into my new short fiction collection, Trickier & Treatier? It’s available now from – and –

May it electrify your chills…

aj kIRBY pRESENTS5Trickier and Treatier is my all new horror shorts collection, released today to mark All Hallows Eve. The book is going to be released in all formats, but for now, it’s out as an ebook only, and it is available from and

Here’s those all-important links:  Trickier & Treatier UK Link:

Trickier & Treatier US Link:

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.

aj kIRBY PRESENTS BACK COVERThese 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’.”

And here’s those all-important links again: Trickier & Treatier UK Link:
Trickier & Treatier US Link:

SixthSense_7946_750 (2)The prolific and talented Marilyn Baron’s psychic suspense novel, Sixth Sense, is free on Kindle (Amazon and Amazon UK) Oct. 29-Nov. 2, just in time for Halloween. Here’s the link for UK readers:
It’s a chilling tale of serial killers and a secret society of psychics. Here’s the blurb:
Sixth Sense: Psychics, Secrets and Serial Killers
Reluctant psychic Katherine Crystal, dubbed “Crystal Ball Kate,” is thrust into the national spotlight when she accurately predicts the death of a movie actor’s young son in a private plane crash. Besieged by requests to use her powers to help others, she realizes why her parents had warned her never to let anyone know of her visions.

By-the-book Atlanta police detective Jack Hale harbors a deep-seated distrust of psychics and ignores Katherine’s warnings when she calls to report her premonition. Jack is forced to partner with Kate, who uses her eerie sensitivity to evil to help him catch a serial killer in Sydney, Australia, but that’s only the beginning of the story. Jack and Kate are drawn into the investigation of a mystery surrounding Kate’s birth and find murder and romance among a secret society of psychics in the quaint seaside spiritualist community of Casa Spirito, Florida.


Trickier & Treatier, my all new horror shorts collection, will be going live on and just in time for Halloween. Published by Manor House Press, the book will be initially available in ebook format only, but the paperback will be available in time for Christmas.

To get you in the mood for tomorrow’s release, here’s a sneak preview of a few of the covers I nearly used for the collection:

AJ Kirby Presents



r and t mag logoAustralia’s Roar and Thunder magazine has accepted my fiction short ‘The Kings of the Swingers’ for publication. You can find out more about the magazine here:

And, because I like it so much, here’s some of the lyrics from the Jungle Book’s original song:

kingofswingers“Now I’m the king of the swingers, the jungle V.I.P
I reached the top and had to stop
And that’s what bothering me
I want to be a man, man-cub, and stroll right into town
And be just like those other men
I’m tired of monkeying around
Kenny+Ball+-+King+Of+The+Swingers+-+LP+RECORD-394947Now don’t try to kid me, man-cub, I’ll make a deal with you
What I desire is man’s red fire to make my dreams come true
So give me the secret, man-cub, clue me what to do
Give me the power of man’s red flower so I can be like you.”

Buy from Kindle ImageMy novel, The Magpie Trap, is available on special Oktoberfest promotion for FREE, from tomorrow (22nd October) until Friday. You can download your copy here (if you are a US reader): And from here for UK readers:

And here’s a quick synopsis:

Undertaking one of the most audacious heists in modern times is not usually something that people scribble in to their dog-eared lists of ‘things to do before you’re thirty’. Nevertheless, as real life and responsibility close in on our three unhappy heroes, that is exactly what they find themselves planning to do. 

This is a modern morality tale, written with no little humour. It’s about the dark side of the mid-to-late 90’s financial boom. Set in the city of Leeds, UK, this action-packed tale is an excoriating commentary on allowing money to rule your life…

Danny Morris wakes up on the sofa with the furred-tongue and pounding headache of a serious hangover. On the coffee table is the sorry evidence of the previous night’s festivities; the mostly empty bottle of whisky, the overflowing ashtray and the greasy pizza box. There’s something else there too; the bag of money, loot from one of the most audacious heists undertaken in modern times.

A.J Kirby’s ‘The Magpie Trap’ is a high-octane crime thriller in which a band of unlikely criminals discover a technical loop-hole which will allow them to walk out of Edison’s Printers, carrying with them the famous Precisioner printer – the world’s most powerful bank-note printer. 

Will they get away with their crime? Will the money bring them a better life? Or will the dogged ex-detective Jim Hunter pick up their scent? Can they escape the magpie trap? 

blackwireOne of my all-new short fictions has been published in the inaugural issue of the Blackwire Literary Journal. You can download your copy of this lovely-looking zine, or else read it on your screen, here:

About the Journal

(This is an excerpt from the Blackwire manifesto)

“This is not a magazine for people who simply want a good story to read, something to distract them, a story that just melts their hearts and makes good honest folk vomit in a dark corner somewhere. Of course, we at Black Wire have lovely hearts and if your impulse upon sitting down to type your masterpieces is to set fire to the primary organ of your readers so that the flame burns on a different kind of colour spectrum, then our advice to you is to climb into bed with us and reveal yourselves in our black leather sheets. Our staff live only to publish great literature; not just great in terms of new ideas but work by writers with the highest understanding of structure, flow, pace and colour. If we do not receive work that we think matches what we hope to achieve, we will simply not publish that season’s issue.

The reading staff at Black Wire have a long history of working with other magazines and know how predictable and bourgeois many of them have become. Though there are still a few good ones out there, let us not be too harsh. Still, this was the reason Black Wire was formed – to publish work that not only inspires through colour and language but that helps to nurture a new breed of writers that can help literature evolve into something more complex, simple and reflective of the great and terrible things that supposedly exist in the world around us. As for specific styles and ideas, do not assume that we are only interested in work that is experimental or full of insane characters. However, at the same time do not be afraid to send us work that does not follow set rules. For example, perhaps your story is set inside of a saucepan of boiling water and your protagonist is a German style hotdog.

Many literary magazines prefer a specific flavour of writing and if you do not purchase their magazine there is no real way of finding out what it is they are looking for. Unfortunately many literary magazines have the same kind of palette and so, as we see it, nothing different ever really gets accepted. If a writer submits their work to a magazine and is rejected, there are a few ways they might respond. If they had already decided that they are the next Franz Kafka, they might send the editor of the magazine a scathing email about how he or she knows nothing about writing and that one day they will be proven wrong. This is not a good way to react, as it shows the magazine that the writer is immature and in all likelihood not experienced, as all writers have had to deal with rejection. Also, it means that the reading staff of the magazine will have a good laugh at what a fool the writer is and they will likely ignore any submissions that they send thereafter. The second response is to quit. This is the worst possible response! It is only natural to feel disappointed when work is not accepted, but one must not give up, we must try again and our advice is to read, read, read. The best way to deal with rejection is to say ‘Well, if they didn’t like that, I shall write something better.’ Writing is a craft and like any craft the more we work the better we will become. Rejection is a natural and important part of becoming a serious writer. It allows the writer to divorce themselves from their ego and look at their work in a more honest and objective light.”