Archive for the ‘Coming Soon’ Category

Mountebanks coverNow then. I’ve been giving this the get ready drum-roll for quite some time now, but I can finally confirm we’re very close to the publication date for this one… After all, we have a cover image (left) and a price-point now! Anyway, I’m pleased to announce that coming very, very soon now: my story ‘A Couple Rough Beasts Slouching into this Burg or that’, featuring in the brilliant new anthology Wordland 7: Mountebanks will be RELEASED INTO THE WILD.

This blurby-type text pilfered from Terry Grimwood’s Facebook post:

“Never give a sucker an even break…It’s coming very soon. WORDLAND 7: MOUNTEBANKS Edited by Allen Ashley. Cover art by the very talented Faye Reynolds. Guaranteed (terms and conditions do not apply) to cure baldness, the common cold and sundry ailments. Not only will it alleviate arthritis, fight flu, make the pallid peachy and the wan wonderful, it boosts vitality and has been SCIENTIFICALLY proven to PROLONG youth and even life itself!

Don’t just take our word for it, here are some GENUINE testimonials from happy customers. Mr G from Hertfordshire. “I have to say that since receiving my copy of WORDLAND 7, there’s a spring in my step and a twinkle in my eye. And I know that I will never go bald.”

And Mr A from North London says “Not since Lily the Pink’s Medicinal Compound have I found something to be so efficacious in every case.” There you have it folks. WORDLAND 7: MOUNTEBANKS will ONLY cost you £3.99. Not £2 or even £3, but a paltry £3.99!!!! can you afford to be without it?”

Remember Mr. Shake Hands Man on BANZAI? (If you don’t, here’s a link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DkNaHI603zI) Well, my new short story which has been accepted for publication by Avis Magazine (details below) isn’t based on that, but the title sounds similar… It’s a story called ‘Shaking Hands with Myself’. Watch this space for information as to how you can read the story once it is published.

Avis Magazine

Avis Magazine is a publication run by MA students at Manchester Metropolitan University.  ‘Shaking Hands with Myself’ answered their call for submissions of stories focusing on the theme of influence.  You can read more about the magazine here.

I’ve set up a dedicated Facebook page to collate all the latest news, views, and information regarding my forthcoming novel The Lost Boys of Prometheus City. To get on board, please ‘like’ the page by going here: https://www.facebook.com/lostboysprometheus

LostBoys Facebook

Drumroll please, before the introduction of the stunning front cover of my forthcoming new novel, The Lost Boys of Prometheus City, which is slated for publication with Leeds-based punk publishers Armley Press. The cover has been designed by Mick Lake, using an original image by Jack Hurley – more of his work can be seen at www.loudribs.wordpress.com. I’m delighted with it.

The novel has its dedicated page on this website here, where you’ll be able to find out more about the story, the characters, and much more.

Lost Boys Cover AJK

 

MountebankMy short story ‘A Couple Rough Beasts Slouching into this Burg or that’ has been accepted for publication by the Exaggerated Press for the Mountebanks-themed issue 7 of Wordland magazine, edited by the esteemed Allen Ashley. Watch this space for more details of how to read the story.

Here’s how Allen introduced the theme:

Come shower me with your mountebanks, hawkers of quack medicines, tricksters, charlatans, illusionists and rogues. Bring me your fly by nights, street magicians, fakers and fakirs. Send in the clowns, japesters, carpet baggers and card sharps. Watch the cards carefully, sir, find the lady. Tell me your tales of barkers, wide boys and sly girls. I want to feel that I’ve out-conned the conmen. Dazzle me, pick my pocket and sell me a pony.

Corpse

News just in… My dark fiction short story ‘The Ex-Quizzit Corpse’ has been accepted for publication by Abstract Jam magazine.  Watch this space for details of how you’ll be able to read the story when Issue 1 is published in December 2015.

The story will be my 135th published short. You can read the full menu of them here.

And here’s an extract from the story:

“Detective Clay watched as the croupier swept the last remaining handful chips off the table. Slugged back his rye, and then climbed offof his stool. Ambled across the casino floor to the cloakroom. Nicky was waiting; already holding up Clay’s leather jacket like it was a bullrag. Clay said: ‘Bar me, Nicky.’ And Nicky only grinned a Colgate smile. Was all a part of their nightly ritual.

Nicky offered him another drink, but tonight Clay wasn’t in the mood. He was a week away from retirement and he figured it might take him a week to piss away his pension in here. Might. Probably would be less. ‘Just gimme my badge and gun, and I’ll be on my way. Already I made you richer’n Croesus.’

Nicky cocked his head. Studied Clay. ‘Why the long face, Bud?’

Clay shrugged. Didn’t put much effort into it. Felt like the majority of the past few years had been one, long shrug.”

Abstract Jam

Scritturamag ScreenprintMy short story ‘In the Mean Time’ has been picked up for publication by Scrittura Magazine. Scrittura is an online lit mag whose debut issue is slated to hit the shelves on 14th September 2015. You can visit their site here.

‘In the Mean Time’ will be my 134th published short story (for a full menu, go here). Here’s a very brief extract:

The knife in his pocket has drawn blood, piercing the fleshy part of his thumb. And yet he looks on impassively, waits as an audience is cut and pasted into the theatre around him. Regards the curtain that masks the stage with mild interest. Pulls out a throat lozenge with his unbloodied left hand; pops it into his mouth. Waits.

Kills time.

Kills it dead.

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