It’s giveaway time!

All through the long Easter weekend (that’s the 7th-8th of April) my two current stories (and anymore if I can get them ready in time) will be available absolutely free for download on Amazon & Amazon UK.

So if you’ve been humming and hawing about whether to pick them up, well, now’s your shot!

Two Cents in the Bucket of Awesomeness

It’s a good day when you get to feature on a blog like author Nerine Dorman’s This is my World.  I got to wax moronic about my views on the rise of short fiction and the change in reading habits in the 21st Century.

You can read the article here.

If you haven’t hear of Nerine, or read any of her work, you are missing out (and will be first against the wall when dark fiction writers take over the world…just saying).

Holiday Treat

Hooraay! Just finished my latest short story; an Easter based horror/comedy. Which was far more fun to write than it had any right to be. A little polishing up and a few doodles thrown in and it should be ready for the holidays.

Oh, and it’ll be absolutely free!

Coming Soon

In case anyone is curious; I am constantly writing, but the interesting thing I’ve learn since I’ve begun is just how long it takes to get a story (of any length) ready for readers. It’s not just about writing the story; it’s about writing it well.

Then…the real work begins.

Editing, re-writes, formatting and conversion. And then there is the cover art – which is loads of fun, but takes time. It all takes time. There in lies the problem. If you are like me you push a dozen projects forward at the same it, then you know what I’m talking about.

I often end up taking ages and then all of a sudden I have loads of work ready for the next stage. Ideally it would be best to just work on one thing at a time and get that finished before starting the next thing, but I just don’t function that way. I like change and new things and ideas. I get bored of something quickly and like to move on to something with an entirely different flavor.

This is why I work on multiple projects simultaneously, that are all different in one way or another.; to keep things fresh.

The good thing with this, as I’ve said before, is that after a whole lot of effort BAM! there’s a nice pile of shiny finished product. And that is pretty much where I am at the moment. I’ve a collection of juicily macabre and wickedly odd stories for you, on the cusp.

So fear not, fair reader…there is plenty more…

coming very soon

How to Destroy a Small Town

This is a staple of the horror genre. Most authors will do a story like this at least once in their career; a small quiet town is afflicted by an ancient evil, ghosts, madness, a virus, vampirism, a dome, whatever.

It all boils down to the same thing.

Stephen King is the master of this. He has written so many of these, yet manages to make each one unique. Other good examples are Sarah Langan’s “Keeper” and “Virus”, Douglas Clegg’s “The Abandoned”, Nate Kenyon’s “Bloodstone”, Richard Laymon’s “One Rainy Night”, Brian Keene’s “Darkness on the Edge of Town”, Tim Curran’s “The Devil Next Door”. The list goes on and on.

It seems that this destruction of a microcosm is appealing to authors and readers alike in spite of it being a standard trope. It almost seems a right of passage into the horror genre. The format also lends itself to storytelling, covering multiple characters in the same town each experiencing the evil (in whatever shape that may be) in a different and very personal manner. These characters are from all walks of life and their actions have rippling effects with the other character’s storylines.

From this point of veiw it is the most fun for the author as they get to create new people to populate their imaginary town and new in sinister ways in which to express their twisted theme.

Speaking of theme, this is one of the horror tropes that smacks most heavily of allegory. The characters representing archetypes we see every day and the town itself the world in general. It is society on a manageable scale. Any  bigger and it would lose the personal intimate sense of horror that is important in such stories.

That’s why these stories are a lot of fun to read. The author has something to say about humanity and/or our society and it’s right there for us to grab. More than many other tropes, this style of story holds the clearest yet often the darkest mirror up to ourselves, daring us to pear at the darkness within us all.