Archive for the ‘AJ Kirby Short Fiction’ Category

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Handily-placed Newcastle-based indie publishers Palm-Sized Press have picked up (using a pincer-grip) not one but two of my short stories to be published by  in the ‘Retrospective’ issue of their zine. ‘Swallowing the Evidence’, and ‘The Pacemaker’ will both feature, so let’s have a round of applause, please.

Details of publication date and how to pre-order copies to follow.

Palm-Sized Press’s website is here: https://palmsizedprompts.wordpress.com/

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My shiny new short story, ‘X-Marks the Spot’, has been published by Fish Food magazine. All you landlubbers can take a look-see at it by following this link, arrrrrrrrrrr.

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Well, I’ve snagged a nibble on my line today. FishFood literary magazine have been hooked by my short story ‘X-Marks the Spot’, and are going to be publishing it very soon. Watch this space for details of how you can read the piece. Visit the FishFood website here for more details.

‘X-Marks the Spot’ is a little treasure of a short, and is my 140th published story. You can read some of my other short fictions by picking from this menu right here.

hangIt’s Christmas Eve, and behind door twenty-four, we’ve another treat for you. The tradition of telling ghost stories on Christmas Eve goes way back. Today, if you’d like, I have a free ghost story for you to read around the fire. But be warned. This isn’t an easy read or listen. Hangingstone is available as a free ebook download from Amazon from today (for the next five days) and if you’d like to download it, please go here. Alternatively, if you’d like to part with a little cash for your treat this Christmas Eve, you might be interested in another of my ghostly tales, the recently released Deafening, which you can read as an ebook or print novella by going here.

ABOUT HANGINGSTONE

‘Hangingstone’ is a supernatural tale of madness, motherhood, and revenge.

Set on the wild Yorkshire moorland near Ilkley, it is the story of one mother’s desperate attempts to reconcile herself with the (ghostly) child who was taken from her many years ago.

Hangingstone Rocks are two monoliths of millstone grit which look out upon the seemingly idyllic town of Ilkley, a place which has stored up a wealth of terrible memories, particularly in its treatment of our less than fortunate mother, who returns to the rocks again and again in order to try and find a way back into the past, to the moment her child was taken away from her.

By the Amazon top-selling dark fiction author of ‘Bully’, ‘Sharkways’, ‘Paint this town Red’, ‘The Black Book’, and ‘The Haunting of Annie Nicol’.

Behind door number twenty-two is my sinister short story ‘Death by Insurance Salesman’, which appeared in Sein und Werden magazine’s Not Quite Human issue. You can read the story by following this link.

There’s another free fiction short behind door number twenty-one in your A.J. Kirby advent calendar. Follow this link to read (for free) my short ‘Behind the scenes at the London tour’, which was published by Wordland magazine.

gavelBehind door number twenty is another FREE EBOOK. Today’s offering is my novella, The Gavel, and it will be available on Amazon FOR FREE until Christmas Eve (Christmas Eve!) Find it by following this link.

READ ALL ABOUT IT

White-collar crime has never had such devastating consequences…

Ian Hopewell is in the dock. He is the face of corporate greed and he stands accused of contributing to the global financial crisis because of his fast and loose investment policies.

But this isn’t an ordinary court. This court is marsupial and likes bouncing across the Australian outback on two spring-like legs. And Farmer Bray is no ordinary judge. No, he’s full of Old Testament rage at men like Hopewell. ‘In my experience,’ he says, ‘those who beg for mercy seldom deserve it.’

But does Ian Hopewell deserve his cruel fate, which is sealed the moment Bray cracks the gavel down in righteous judgement? This chilling fable explores the case through Hopewell’s eyes, examining some of the crucial decisions which lead him to the end of the road and the brutal vengeance which will be meted out to him by Bray and his sons.

AJ Kirby is the author of the novels ”Perfect World’, When Elephants Walk Through The Gorbals’, ‘Sharkways’, ‘Paint This Town Red’, ‘Bully’, and ‘The Magpie Trap’. He lives in Leeds, UK, with his partner Heidi, and son Leon.