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Merry Christmas to one and all. I hope you’ve enjoyed opening each of the doors of my advent calendar and have found some hooks in some of the writing I’ve put forward. All the best for the new year.

To Amazon, where a brilliant new review of Small Man Syndrome has swung in on the vine: Raymond Kirby (nepotism alert!) writes:

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Cheers Dad!

Remember, the book is available to purchase here.

Ending the Year with a Big Bang

Posted: December 31, 2015 in Uncategorized

My 2015 as a writer has ended with a bang. My short story ‘Chaos Theory and the Dregs of the Primordial Ooze’ has been published in Issue 1 of Oval Magazine. Check it out here.

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And here’s a quick taster:

Chaos Theory and the Dregs of the Primordial Ooze, by A. J. Kirby  

Started on the last train. Exeter to Lyme Regis. One Lewis generally avoided because its name was Trouble. Jurassic hot in the carriage and most folk removing their jackets and sweating beer, or wine. Hum of conversation, the compsognathus chirrup of mobile phones. Sighs of relief: those late-runners hadn’t been left to camp out on the station platform overnight, or else haunt the tarpit streets, waiting for the first train in the morning. Tyrannosaurean yawns and creaking seats as people settled down for the journey. Some people cracked cans of beer. 

There was a loud, hydraulic hiss and the double-doors at the end of the carriage sighed open. A hunting party of young lads boistered inside. They were all baseball caps and low-slung jeans, moon-boot trainers and slouching, hooded tops. They gave off their own steam.

Just two days remaining until Halloween. Are your nerves suitably shredded yet?

HANGINGToday I’m featuring another novelette; Hangingstone (White House Press, 2015).

Buy now as an ebook or paperback, or read the serialised version which was published online by Leeds-based arts and creatives website The State of the Arts, here.

‘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.

hauntingToday is the second day in my Halloween countdown. I promised you special offers. I promised you promotions… Well, here’s one you just can’t miss. My publishers TWB Press are running a special ebook promo on my horror novella The Haunting of Annie Nicol over on their website here.

ABOUT THE BOOK

A grudge is a horrible thing to keep, much less pass down from generation to generation. 

Underachiever John Paul Nicol dreams of living in the big house on the hill, but his dead-end job and gambling problems make it impossible for him to afford the property, until his father dies and leaves him the estate. That’s when his dream turns into a nightmare. Seems there’s an ancestral ghost who doesn’t want anyone to live in that big house, including John Paul, so his three-year-old daughter Annie becomes a pawn in a deadly game of Burn the House Down.  

Buy  the PDF e-book NOW from

  TWB Press 

and get a  FREE .mobi e-book file for your Kindle apps PLUS get a FREE .epub e-book file for your other reading devices and apps 

only $1.99

INSTRUCTIONS!!

After making the payment to PayPal, on the last page, be sure to click the link that says 

“Return to TWB Press” so you can download the story file.

Straight from the White House Press blog comes this exciting news…

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Things Won’t Fix by AJ Kirby is now OUT and available to purchase from all good bookshops, including Amazon. Go here.

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And here’s a write-up of the book:

Kirstie Smith’s nickname is Kirst, and she believes she is cursed. She’s lost her boyfriend, her job, her self-esteem. She’s in danger of losing her house too. It all goes back to one bad mistake she’s made. A mistake which has the potential to change her whole life. She believes she’s been somehow chosen to become a kind of magnet to which all the bad stuff in life can get attracted.

Alex Chase also has an apt name. He’s chasing seemingly unattainable dreams, on the hunt for fame at any price. He too thinks he’s been chosen, only, for a very different fate. But Alex’s luck is running out, he’s starting to get found out. And, more worryingly, he’s being chased…

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Direct from the White House Press website…

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A Man Could Lose Himself is our second AJ Kirby fiction release in a week. You can get your sticky paws on a copy by following this link.

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And here’s a write-up of the book:

‘A Man Could Lose Himself’ is a supernatural, surreal, cruelly comic mystery/ crime thriller about identity, belonging, and tourism. Set against the dramatic back-drop of Venice, the most romantic city of the world, the book introduces us to Michael Moss, a security systems sales manager, on the day he wakes up and discovers he has lost his wife.

Not lost as in she has died, no, she has literally disappeared off the face of the earth. We follow him as he tries to come to terms with this confusing discovery, as he comes to believe, or is led to believe that he was never married in the first place, and he starts to question…

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