My first published piece was a fantasy piece in “The Sleepless Sands” anthology. This was followed up with “The Wild Hunt” on the Spinetinglers website, a story which was ultimately reprinted in their anthology. Since then, I’ve had published more fantasy, some science fiction, but mostly horror pieces.
Jenny is furious when her mother moves them both to a self-sufficient commune. Jenny is determined to leave but, when she tries, she encounters an unnatural and terrifying presence.
Her new friend, Dan, is aware that there have been sinister goings on in Haven for some time. His home has become a place of unease and stalking shadows.
In the darkness of the surrounding forest, the two of them have to decide just who is more monstrous: whatever lurks in the trees, or the inhabitants of Haven itself.
This novella was published by Hersham Horror Press in September 2017 and is available here
An uncaring mother and unfaithful wife learns the consequences of telling one lie too many.
This story was included in the anthology Great British Horror: Dark Satanic Mills, published in September 2017 and available here
A fairy tale with a twist, inspired by Terry Pratchett. In this version of Red Riding Hood, it is not the poor old grandmother who gets eaten by the wolves.
This story was published in Andromeda Spaceways Magazine #68, published in September 2017 and available here
It’s not the end of the story for Hansel or Gretel.
This story was included in the anthology After the Happily Ever After, published in December 2016 by Transmundane Press. It is available here
Maude has been the prisoner of a band of robbers since the spring. Now that winter has the land in its grip, her plight is looking even more desperate. As the dark nights draw in, so does her fate. For Grinning Jacob, the king of the robbers, is working on crafting a marriage bed and when it’s finished, it will be Maude’s bed.</p>
But despite the daily horrors she faces, there are creatures in the surrounding forest that are even more dangerous than her captors. If Maude can find the courage to face them, she might escape yet, or she might find herself at the mercy of an ancient being both terrifying and insatiably hungry.
A tale of one woman’s struggle to keep her family together in the aftermath of Armageddon. Demons roam the world, their hellish souls taking possession of anything electronic from androids to Dirkby Dingo’s Synthetic Pets. Nearly every home in the world had a Dingo pet; now nearly every home in the world has a demon living in it. But Mary and her family find that their demon, Sparky, has his own creative ideas on how they can all pull together and survive what has literally become hell on earth.
This short story came third in the British Fantasy Awards Short Story Competition 2009. It was then independently published in Dark Horizons in 2010.
It’s Christmas, and all Doug wants is a quiet drink or five or ten, and to forget Rachel. But a stranger by the name of Drake buys him a drink, it looks like the evening might turn out to be more companionable than Doug at first thought. But Drake is not the man he seems to be, and to eager to turn Doug’s careless words into a deadly bargain.
This Christmas horror story is available as a free download in the Estronomicon Christmas Special 2009.
jus primae noctis - the ancient rite of a lord to take to bed the bride of his vassals on her wedding day. But an unnamed girl in a faraway kingdom has other ideas when her less-than-human lord tries to claim his dues.
As the daughter of the Ambassador of Europa, Alana is one of the most famous young girls on the planet - and one of the most protected. It is with surprise that she wakes up one night to find Demetrius in her room, a man she has never seen before and one who will change the course of her life forever.
This futuristic tale is available as a free download in the Estronomicon Christmas Special 2008.
It’s Halloween and Conor is less than pleased to be out trick or treating. Kids at school have been missing then turned up changed, appearing vacant. Despite what his older sister Libby says, Conor is certain that something is wrong. And his doubts seem correct when he sees that something is stalking them in the darkness.
This seasonal short story can be downloaded for free in the Estronomicon Halloween Special 2008.
A flash fiction story sold to Twisted Tongue magazine which, sadly, no long exists.
Headmaster Kevin Potts has no taste for children, festivities or the spirit of Christmas. But the Santa Claus that they’ve hired for the school has a gleam in his eye that makes Kevin Potts uncomfortable, and a way with pain that leaves Kevin screaming. All Kevin has to do is get someone to wish him a Merry Christmas before midnight, and he’ll avoid the fate in store for him. But can the most hated man in the school find anyone who will share some festive cheer with him in time?
This fearful, festive and fun short story can be downloaded for free in the Estronomicon Christmas Edition 2007.
Researching his family’s history has brought Ian Walker to The Rose and Crown on a snowy December night. The only other occupant of the inn seems to be the curmudgeonly Jack, a man who seems to know a lot about Ian’s ancestors. And as the night progresses, Ian realises that his family’s history is darker than he suspected, and that it might just be the death of him.
This story is available free from the Spinetinglers website, but you have to be a user to view it.
Thanks to the Treatment, Elizabeth has the face and body of a twenty-two year old, but a two hundred and seventy year old mind. Living forever has its pros and cons, but she wouldn’t give up immortality for anything. Her brother however, has a very cynical view of their way of life. But just how deep that cynicism, and what he’s prepared to do about it, is something that will shake Elizabeth’s world to its core.
This short science fiction story was published in Earlyworks Press’ anthology The Road Unravelled which can be bought from their website.
Sally’s idea is to take her children away for Christmas, somewhere that her ex-husband can’t contact them. The Scottish cottage on the edge of the woods looks ideal, and the villagers seem eager to invite her and her family into their community. Only the Gathering on the winter solstice isn’t just quaint tradition; it’s the only way to avoid becoming prey to The Wild Hunt.
This is one of my favourite stories and was included in the 2009 Spinetinglers anthology which is available to buy from Amazon. You can read the full story under their Christmas 2006 section but you must be a user of the site to access it.
Praise for “The Wild Hunt” (as part of the Spinetinglers anthology)
“The best for me, “The Wild Hunt,” where the veil between the living and dead is ripped open on the winter solstice.” Ginahmk on Amazon.com reviews.
“Though I wasn’t a fan of every story here (my own highlights [including] Charlotte Bond’s `The Wild Hunt’ …), they are diverse enough to appeal to individual tastes. - Peter Wolf on Amazon.com reviews.
Sir Richard Beaufort is a disgraced knight who wants nothing more than to find solace at the bottom of a tankard of ale. He doesn’t care for the stranger who sits down opposite him, and he likes him even less when he discovers that he is unexpectedly in debt to him. But Guy Trevellyan has plans, and Richard Beaufort is a deliberate part of them. Together they might just succeed at a quest that is almost impossible.
My first published short story is part of Earlyworks Press’ anthology “The Sleepless Sands, available to buy here.
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