Archive for the ‘Other Writing by AJ Kirby’ Category

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.

Pieces of eight, pieces of eight.

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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.

neighbours1As a wee taster before the main course, Armley Press, the punk-publishers who will be releasing my new novel The Lost Boys of Prometheus City, are featuring an all-new short story by yours truly. It’s called ‘Neighbours’, but there ain’t a Toadfish or a Karl Kennedy in sight. You can read the story by following this link.

And remember, The Lost Boys is available for pre-order from right here.

All together now: Neighbours, Everybody needs good neighbours, With a little understanding you can find the perfect blend; Neighbours…should be there for one another; That’s when good neighbours become good friends.

Disclaimer: Often, even when you do have a little understanding, that perfect blend may elude you, especially if your neighbours complain loudly about your children making too much noise in the middle of the bloody day.

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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.

Things wont fix cover mockupI’m going to finish my month of ‘a free ebook every day’ on a high, by offering you the second FREE novel in five weeks. This time round it’s the turn of my comic novel Things Won’t Fix to take a spell in the limelight. It’ll be free from today until 20th April. And then that’s your lot. I hope you’ve enjoyed, and taken advantage of this month of deals and offers. And if you haven’t read me before and you’ve found yourself enjoying it, why not take an (educated) chance on one of my other titles?

You can DOWNLOAD Things Won’t Fix for FREE from here.

And you can find out more about the book here.

hangingNo. This is not – I repeat not – an April Fool’s Day joke running a few hours too late. I’m not pulling your leg here. It’s really true. I’m offering YET ANOTHER eBook FREE! And for this week’s offer, we’re looking at you, Hangingstone,
you scary ghost story, you.

You can download the ebook FREE from here from 1st-5th April.

And you can find out more about the book here.

And here’s the remaining timetable of the free books this month:

Bed Peace – free from 6th-10th April

The Gavel – free from 11th-15th April

Things Won’t Fix – free from 16th-20th April