Coffin Hop 2012

Welcome Coffin Hoppers! For this year’s Coffin Hop 2012 I’ve made the collection Penny Dreadfuls: Halloween Special FREE from October 27th – Halloween Night (31st), on Amazon.

 

But that’s not all!

 

There’s also a prize give away. Just head on over and “like” my Facebook Author Page for a chance to win a copy of my gruesome novella The Beast of Park Street for their kindle or kindle app. A winner will be selected randomly from all the “likes” both old and new, and announced on November 1st.

What is Coffin Hop you might ask…well just head on over here for the low down. But here’s the gist: +100 horror authors all holding giveaways and prizes over the week leading up to Halloween. For each stop check back to the hops linky list.

So what ye waiting for, get a hoppin’!

***Authors have full discretion to choose an alternate winner in the event any winner fails to claim their prize(s) within 72 hours of their name being posted or after notification of win, whichever comes first. Anyone who participates in this tour is subject to these rules***

Halloween Treats…for your Brain!

For the last couple of months I’ve been working with some truly talented authors to bring you some Halloween treats for your brain. Some of the rising stars in Horror and Dark Fiction have all gotten together to make a collection of spine-tingling, nerve-shredding, read under the blankets tales of the sinister and the insane.

Coming soon, and perfect for your Halloween season.

Besides…it’s absolutely FREE! starting from Oct 27th – 31st

even after that it’ll only be 99c.

This awesome cover art is by Carmit Manor Massimino. Check out more of her design work at inkpudding.com

Short Stories – You’re reading them wrong!

A few weeks ago I was having a chat with some friends of mine and short stories came up during the conversation. I got asked why I write them rather than longer fiction or novels. I told them that I do write longer fiction, I’m still working on them…’cause…their long. However I also told the assembled chatters that I liked writing and reading short stories, to which they were confused…as was I by the general distaste at the term.

Had I just mentioned tongue splitting or genital modification?

nope…so why the subtle sneers.

A few glasses of wine and some discussing later the truth was uncovered…

They were reading them wrong (in my opinion).

It seems that many people when they get a collection of short stories they read the entire book, from cover to cover in one go, as though it were a novel. The main issue raised was that just as things got going – were heating up – the story ends.

It’s a tease.

I don’t know who’s stories my friends had been reading, but it seemed to upset them. That isn’t what a good short is supposed to do OR the best way (again in my opinion) to read short fiction.

Think of it like a palette cleanser, a sip of wine before the next mouthful. You read a single short or two and then move on to something else. Short stories are like candy, you don’t gorge yourself all in one go, you savor one at a time in between meals. Short stories are the same.

While trying to decide what novel to read next I often take a night or two to read a few short stories or a novella while I figure it out.

I have dozens of collections, both in print and on my kindle, of short stories from a variety of authors, most of them are half read – not because I gave up, but because I’ve been consuming them slowly, piece by piece. The wonderful thing is that there are plenty more left when I return to them.

Plus I get to follow my rule of not reading the same author’s work in a row (keeps things fresh).

Anyway, this all struck me as odd. It got me thinking that maybe other people out there were approaching reading short fiction in a way that helped neither reader nor the story. So if you’ve never tried read short stories this way give it a bash, I think you’ll be pleasantly surprised.

-B

The Laughing Tree

The Laughing Tree was one of my earlier stories I wrote just after I first decided to take my writing seriously as a career. It was a story that I felt I had to tell – just one of those strange things inside you that has to get out. It’s drastically different from anything else I’ve written; for one it’s literary fiction, and, it’s not a horror story.

I’m proud of this story and the way I tell it. This isn’t me blowing my own trumpet (okay, maybe a little) but more acknowledging to myself that I am happy if this is my only contribution to writing as an art-form rather than entertainment. Not that there’s anything wrong with genre fiction or writing to entertain, after all it’s what I love to write. This story just feels to me like my personal initiation into the world of writing.

So if you aren’t into horror, or are a bit too much a scaredy-cat to read my other work, you just might like this one.

Right, now back to squid monsters from space!

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It’s Alive!!! Bloody Parchment anthology is finally here!

A collection of get-under-your-skin, spine-tingling ultra-creepy tales. Garanteed to keep you up at night. Along with myself, there are some truly awesome horror authors in here. Including Lee Mather, Brett Bruton, Jenny Robson, Mico Pisanti, Stacey Larner, Toby Bennett, SL Schmitz, Austin Malone and Joan De La Haye.

Edited by the absolutely amazing Nerine Dorman.

Grab it…here…if you dare!

Body Horror: Thread

The gloves come off with my first out-and-out full blooded horror story! I’ve been a fan of body-horror before I even knew it was a thing. Seminal films such as Tetsuo: The Iron Man and David Cronnenberg’s Videodrome and Shivers (among a slue of others), even Clive Barker’s HELLRAISER films; all influenced me at an early age and helped shape the creative person I am today. Hence it is with no small grin (maniacal to be sure) on my face that I present the first of my three body-horror tales.

Thread

It will get under your skin…

A body-horror short that will make you squirm…it starts small…a simple red vein weaving through flesh…but all too soon…it spreads with a sinister purpose.
Guaranteed to keep you up at night…
Read it, if you dare.

Available on Amazon (and UK)

 

Something Dark on the Horizon: an Interview with Lee Mather

Lee Mather

Today we welcome Lee Mather, a British dark fiction author whose work will be featured (along with my mine too) in the upcoming Bloody Parchment anthology “HIDDEN THINGS, LOST THINGS and other stories”.

 

BK: Welcome to my Lab, Lee, pay no mind to the doll-faced automatons in the corner, they’re being punished.

LM: Nobody puts a doll-faced automaton in the corner! Just kidding, punish away! And thanks for having me here.

BK: Tell us a little about yourself, what sort of stuff do you write for those that are new to you.

LM: I write horror, dark fantasy and the occasional piece of science fiction, essentially anything that I would like to read myself. I enjoy stories with an emotional punch and I think the best way to achieve this is to get people to either love or hate your characters.

BK: Your story “Masks” is in the new Bloody Parchment collection, whet our appetite.

LM: Masks” is set in a London theater and features a terminally ill actor faced with a terrible choice that might lead to a cure. It’s an out and out horror and has some pretty nasty moments. It was a pleasure to write.

BK: You’ve been featured in several other anthologies as well, alongside authors like Jeff Strand and William Miekle (both favourites of mine). What was that like?

LM: It’s great to feature alongside established authors, and a super opportunity to have my work read by fans of theirs. To an extent, when you’re starting off at anything, you need someone to take a chance on you so I’m grateful to both the publishers and the editors of the anthologies for including my stories. To be honest, I wondered whether my work would stand up beside theirs, but so far the feedback has been pretty good. For example, in “Corrupts Absolutely” a couple of reviewers have highlighted my story, “Crooked”, as one of their favourite inclusions, which I didn’t expect at all.

BK: Any plans for something longer, something all your own. A novel perhaps?

LM: I have a short novel (or long novella!) due for release in October from Lyrical Press. It’s titled “First Kiss, Last Breath” and it’s a coming of age story about a teen who believes he has brought a demon to life through his painting.

To date, I have focused on short fiction for two reasons. One, to improve as a writer and enhance my writing technique – something which I feel I’m doing all the time. And two, to see if I can get a few stories out there for people to read. Hopefully they’ll enjoy and come back for more!

BK: With Bloody Parchment out later this month, what’s next for you?

LM: As well as FKLB, I have a short, “Wrath”, featuring in the “Fading Light” anthology, due in September from Angelic Knight Press. The anthology is edited by Tim Marquitz, who is a talented guy and it’s been a thrill to work with him. Writers like Mark Lawrence and Gene O’Neil are headlining.

I’m currently working on what will hopefully become a series of books about one family’s fight to survive the End of Days. I have done an initial draft, but it’s a million miles away from where it needs to be right now. I also have a niggling idea for a collection of five interrelated pieces of short fiction that won’t go away.

BK: Most likely way the world will end?

LM: George RR Martin will decide not to continue with his “Song of Ice and Fire” series. There will be no more books and “Game Of Thrones” the TV show will be left in the hands of Benioff and Weiss. The fanboys will rise up and revolt, and the streets will run red with blood.

BK: Who/what would you want around you during the Apocalypse?

LM: I’m pretty sure I’d want a priest near me so I could repent for any debauchery I may / may not (delete as appropriate depending on how well you know me) have been involved in throughout the years.

BK: Best scary movie you’ve seen recently?

LM: It wasn’t scary as such, but I liked “The Cabin in the Woods”. At least it had the balls to be a bit out there. “Prometheus” had the potential to be the film of the year, and although I really enjoyed it, I felt at times it tried too hard to get the “Alien” nods in. I would be interested to see the evolution from the initial “Prometheus” script to the final movie because I think the director / writers may have caved to some production pressure in piecing it together.

BK: Where can people find you online?

LM: www.leemather.org.uk is the best place. All my books are featured, including excerpts and author notes. Anyone interested can access my blog, my social networking links and things like my Amazon and Goodreads pages there too. Also, if anyone is interested in my random thoughts, I’ve discovered this amazing site, Twitter.

 

LUST of the SAUCERMEN

My latest tale of utter lunacy!

Lust of the Saucermen

Zombies, mutants, flying saucers, aliens, bad-ass babes with ray guns
This one has it all!

As a diabolical invasion brings the Earth to its knees, only Captain Gwendolyn and her team of sexy yet highly trained mercenaries can save what remains of the human race.

WARNING: This short action-packed pulp-sci-fi adventure contains ridiculousness!