My Story “The Scales Of Injustice” in “Sharkasaurus!” – Out Soon

I have a short story titled The Scales Of Injustice about to be published in Sharkasaurus! which is Volume IV of the Fossil Lake anthology series. The collection is edited by Christine Morgan and will be published by Sabledrake Publications.

My story is drawn from H. P. Lovecraft’s Cthulhu Mythos and features a good dose of murder and mayhem.

Exact publication date to be confirmed but essentially as soon as the publisher has okayed the proofs from the printer.

More news soon.

Coming Soon – God-King Of The Living Dead

I have a story titled God-King Of The Living Dead to be published a little later this year in The Fairy Tale Collection – The Knight Sky from Anthology House Publishing.

My tale features the return of an ongoing character, Caligula Wulf, who first appeared in my story Unnatural Acts.

This time Caligula Wulf time is accidentally summoned to mediaeval Hungary to face an undead hoard lead by their infernally powerful, and gibberingly insane, God-King…

More details coming soon…

Publication Date to be confirmed

God-King Of The Living Dead

Short story, circa 5500 words

Historical Fantasy, Sword & Sorcery, Dark Comedy

To be featured in the anthology The Fairy-Tale Collection : The Knight Sky, Edited by J. L. Lane, published by Anthology House Publishing

 

Reviews of the Sweet Dreams anthology and my story R.I.P.

The first couple of reviews for the Sweet Dreams anthology have been published on Amazon, both of which mention my story R.I.P.

 

 

 

 

A collection of unique tales by some very talented authors that will leave your mind wondering at possibilities. My favorites tales were the waking hour and R.I.P, which one’s will be your favorites I wonder.

 

This one is Chastity H. King’s Review of ‘Sweet Dreams’


For her horror anthology ‘Sweet Dreams’, J. L. Lane has selected some of the best short stories, flash fiction, and poetry. Although brought together under a common theme, these tidbits of terror are as diverse as the authors who wrote them. Whether you are looking for some new stories from authors you know and love, or new ones to fall in love with, your search is over. This anthology has something for anyone who loves horror fiction.

A great novel is like meeting someone, going for drinks, then dinner, learning about them over the course of a few months, maybe longer, and hoping it will turn out the way you want. A great short story is meeting someone, skipping the drinks, sharing a passionate kiss in some dark corner and walking away with no time for expectations, just excitement and pure adrenaline. These pages pull you into that corner, kiss you deep, and leave you wanting more.

This book snagged me from the start with Kitty Kane’s Souldrop: A town of terror. This is a story about a journalist whos’ gruesome actions lead her down a road to her unexpected destiny. A little farther along I was delighted to find a wonderfully morbid story by J. L. Lane herself. ‘Waking Hour’ is a nightmare of such intensity that you find yourself questioning which is the dream and which is reality. I was thrown from one dreamland to the next, delving deeper as I went and loving every minute of it. I mean everyone likes to be scared sometimes, right? If you do like getting scared and are wondering if this book is enough to do it, just read this passage from G.H. Finn’s ‘R.I.P.’: I’ll open you up don’t be afraid, just feel the kiss of the edge of my blade.

So, get your copy of ‘Sweet Dreams’, lock your doors, check all the lights are in proper working order, and be ready to go without sleep for the night

Sweet Dreams on Amazon UK

Sweet Dreams on Amazon US

“The Hidden War On Terror” – Coming Soon in “Dark Designs: Tales Of Mad Science”

My story The Hidden War On Terror will be published in Dark Designs: Tales Of Mad Science from Shadow Work Publishing – due out on 28th March 2017

The Hidden War On Terror is a darkly comic, Cthulhu Mythos inspired, Spy-Fi tale of cosmic terror and the workings of more than one kind of hidden inteligence…

More deatils soon…

“Rakshasa” – My story is in “Fifty Flashes” – Out Now in Paperback

My flash-fiction speculative/horror story Rakshasa is featured in Fifty Flashes, published in paperback by Whortleberry Press (orderering details below).

Whortleberry Press – The Best In Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Sine 2001

Rakshasa is drawn from Hindu and Buddhist mythology and folklore and mixes horror and Indian philosophy in equal measure.

We proudly present our new flash fiction anthology:
50 FLASHES
Yes, the work of 50 of our outstanding Whortleberry authors is now ready to bring you
thrills and chills, laughter and tears, amazement and awe.

Fifty Flashes is available from Lulu on this LINK

 

“Sweet Dreams” featuring my story “R.I.P.” – Out Now

My short story R.I.P. is featured in the horror & dark speculative fiction anthology Sweet Dreams, the first book out from Anthology House Publishing.

R.I.P. is a twisting tale with an unfolding mystery and features the themes of hypnosis, past-life regression, reincarnation, hidden identity and the terror inspired by the world’s most infamous serial killer…

Sweet Dreams is available in paperback and as an etext (e.g. for the Kindle) and can be ordered from Amazon (links below)

Toss and turn your way through a darkly haunting world of nightmares. After reading this anthology you may never again sleep with the lights off. If you ever dare sleep at all…
23 twisted stories and 5 haunting poems from the depraved minds of:
Kitty Kane
Paul J. Elias
Andrew Lennon
J. Duncan
Toneye Eyenot
J. L. Lane
Essel Pratt
G. H. Finn
Veronica Smith
C.S Anderson
Jim Goforth
Peter Oliver Wonder
Dani Brown
Norbert Góra
Roy C. Booth
Cynthia Booth
Lisa Dabrowski
Anusha VR
Kevin Wimer
Christine King
Tina Piney
R. E. Lyons
Frank Martin

Sweet Dreams on Amazon UK

Sweet Dreams on Amazon US

#FREE ! #STEAMPUNK ! This weekend only!!!

cover-bigHere’s your chance to read one of my stories – and lots of others – toally FREE. You can download the eText version from Amazon (links below).

My short story Obelisk is in the anthology Phantasmical Contraptions & Other Errors

Obelisk takes place in an alternative-history version of the Victorian period and is set on a newly colonised Mars, where prospectors and miners ride steam-driven horses and clockwork mules, and where archaeologists search for traces of a lost, indiginous Martian civilisation.

The anthology as a whole features twenty five tales of highly inventive Steampunkery, so grab it FREE while you can!

 

For the long Thanksgiving weekend, between the parade, the turkey and the football, if you find yourself without anything to do, you might want a taste of outer-space and fantasy-world adventure! Look no further than JayHenge’s anthologies! Free Kindle versions on Amazon for the entire 4-day weekend!

Get Phantasmical Contraptions & Other Errors on Amazon.com HERE or Amazon.co.uk HERE

Sweet Dreams Anthology – Back Cover

The Back Cover for the "Sweet Dreams" anthology. Design by Dale Leary.
The Back Cover for the “Sweet Dreams” anthology. Design by Dale Leary.

I have a story titled R. I. P. coming out soon in the collection Sweet Dreams from Anthology House Publishing. Here’s the back cover artwork for the book.

This anthology is themed around dark and disturbing dreams and contains a host of tales that blend unsettling speculative fiction, weird terror, the supernatural and horror in all its forms.

More news on the anthology soon.

Finn

 

OUT NOW! Phantasmical Contraptions & Other Errors

cover2My short story Obelisk has just been published in the steampunk anthology Phantasmical Contraptions & Other Errors, from JayHenge Publishing.

Phantasmical Contraptions & Other Errors is avaiable in either e-text or paperback.

I won’t give any spoilers but Obelisk is set on a recently colonised Mars during an alternative-history Victorian period.

You can expect tongue-in-cheek humour, lots of nods to Victorian sci-fi, and more than a hint of cosmic horror.


Title: Obelisk – October 12th 2016

Short Story, 7250 Words

Steampunk, Adventure, Lovecraftian, Victorian Sci-Fi, Horror

Featured in the anthology Phantasmical Contraptions & Other Errors, edited by Jessica Augustsson, published by JayHenge Publiushing.


Available on Amazon.com and Amazon.co.uk

Mediaeval Dead! Another story accepted this morning.

death3death2Well, here I go into full gloat mode.

It’s the 11th of October and I’ve already had four stories accepted this month.

This latest one is a para-quasi-pseudo-semi-historical fantasy.

Or if you prefer, a sword-and-sorcery romp with some very tongue-in-cheek tones.

I’ll be posting more about this later but for now I’ll mention that the tale takes place in 9th century Hungary.

You know, back in that period when the land was being plagued by marauding hordes of the undead…

The story also features the return of my erratically reoccurring character Caligula Wulf (who made his first published appearance in the story Unnatural Acts).

More on this and other stories very soon.death6

My story “Obelisk” is due out this month

logomars1I’ve heard from JayHenge Publishing’s hard working editior, Jessica Augustsson, that my short story Obelisk is due to be published very shortly in an anthology titled Phantasmical Contraptions & Other Errors.

This is a steampunk themed anthology and looks to have an exciting and diverse line-up (more on that soon).

The exact date for publication is yet to be confirmed but it should certainly be in October (and of course I will be posting as soon as I hear myself).

I won’t give any spoilers but my own story is set on colonial Mars during the Victorian era and… well… wait and find out…

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Title: Obelisk – coming October 2016

Short Story, 7250 Words

Steampunk, Adventure, Lovecraftian, Victorian Sci-Fi, Horror

To Be featured in the anthology Phantasmical Contraptions & Other Errors, edited by Jessica Augustsson, published by JayHenge Publiushing.

 

Two more stories accepted yesterday

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I’m delighted to be able to gloat that I had two more short stories accepted (by different publishers) yesterday.

One is a Steampunk adventure set on a recently colonised Mars during a divergent-history Victorian period. It features a hint of romance and some ancient, dark, Lovecraftian menace…

The other is a psychological horror mystery. It is a tale of hypnotism, dreams, past-lives, maddness, reincarnation, stories-hidden-within-stories…. and the most infamous serial 7013401819_319cb49abe_bkiller. Ever.

I will of course be waffling on about these and other forthcoming stories endlessly… so expect more details soon.

Finn

The Scales Of Injustice

anglerI’m delighted to be able to announce that I have a new short story coming out in early 2017.

The Scales of Injustice – February 2017

Short Story, 5000 words.

Cthulhu Mythos / Crime / Mystery.

To be Published in the anthology Fossil Lake (Volume 4), edited by Christine Morgan, published by Sabledrake Enterprises

Fossil Lake IV

Coming in 2017 … SHARKASAURUS!

Anticipated Release Date: February 2017 in print and ebook.

Once again, the title should tell you all you need to know for the theme. Sharks and/or dinosaurs! We expect teeth. Lots and lots of teeth. Beyond that, pretty much anything goes. Fighting each other? Chomping teenagers on spring break? Teaming up buddy-cop-movie-style and learning to respect one another’s differences? The doomed romance of star-crossed lovers? Time travel? Monstrous hybrids? Magical musical singing and dancing? Bring it!

Stuck for a last minute present? Try one of these books! (Shameless plug)

Screenshot1You can find anthologies of short stories featuring my work on my author’s page at Amazon.co.uk here and another on Amazon.com (i.e. for the USA) here.

They are all available digitally as well as in print (and in the case of The Adventures of Moriarty as downloadable audio) so you could have them delivered quite literally at the last minute!

(If you have read my work , please do leave a review!)

 

More info & direct links :

 


 

Wild Things Cover

The cover for Wild Things – Thirteen Tales Of Therianthropy

Title : Santa MarimbondoAugust 16th 2015

Black Shuck BooksHorror short story, circa 5,000 words, featured in Wild Things – Thirteen Tales Of Therianthropy (anthology), edited by Steve J Shaw,  published in the UK by Black Shuck Books, an imprint of Great British Horror Books.

Link to Wild Things on Amazon UK or if you are in the US Wild Things on Amazon.com

Steve J Shaw’s website Great British Horror

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Title : The Perfect Crime – 15th October 2015

The cover of The Mammoth Book of the Adventures of Moriarty: The Secret Life of Sherlock Holmes's Nemesis

The cover for The Adventures of Moriarty: The Secret Life of Sherlock Holmes’s Nemesis

Short story, circa 5,000 words, featured in The Adventures of Moriarty: The Secret Life of Sherlock Holmes’s Nemesis (anthology), edited by Maxim Jakubowski, published in the UK by Constable Robinson and in the USA by Running Press.

“We think of Sherlock Holmes and Doctor Watson, but far more seductive is the pairing of Holmes and Professor James Moriarty, ‘the Napoleon of crime’ – a rivalry unparalleled in the world of crime fiction. Fiercely intelligent and a relentless schemer, Moriarty is the super-villain as megastar.

The anthology reveals not just the evil side of Moriarty’s personality, but his humanity, his motivations and his human failings. Some of the stories are humorous, some scary, but all are hugely entertaining.”

Link to the print & etext versions of the book on Amazon UK  & Amazon.com

moriarty audioLink to the Audio-book version published by Audible Studios.

 

 

 

 

 


 

Title : Unnatural Acts – October 15th 2015

How To Trick The Devil - How Far Would You Go

The cover for How To Trick The Devil

 

 

erebuspressShort story, dark supernatural comic-horror, circa 4,000 words, featured in How To Trick The Devil (anthology), edited by Stephaine Buosi, Published in the UK by Erebus Press.

Stephaine Buosi’s website

 

 

How To Trick The Devil - Front & Back

 


 


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Title: Cold-Hearted – February 2016 (date to be confirmed)

Short story included in the forthcoming anthology, Winter Tales, edited by Margrét Helgadóttir which is due to be published by Fox Spirit Books (early 2016).

Reviews for “Wild Things”

A few reviews of Wild Things, the horror anthology that features my story Santa Marimbondo, published by Black Shuck Books.

 

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Wild Things Cover

Black Shuck BooksWild Things – Thirteen Tales Of Therianthropy (anthology), edited by Steve J Shaw,  published in the UK by Black Shuck Books, an imprint of Great British Horror Books.

Link to Wild Things on Amazon UK or if you are in the US Wild Things on Amazon.com

Steve J Shaw’s website Great British Horror

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WINTER TALES – authors & stories update

The forthcoming anthology Winter Tales will feature my short story Cold-Hearted.

Reblogged from Fox Spirit Books.


 

Well, the nights are drawing in and winter is coming, so it seems a good time to share a little more about forthcoming anthology Winter Tales, edited by Margret Helgadottir and due for release in early 2016

WINTER TALES

FIMG_0027 (1)rost pierces through everything. Your bones ache in the icy wind. Harsh winter storms rage and the sun is leaving, not to return for many months. The cheerful men arriving to the mountain bothy in the midst of the winter storm, why do they unnerve you so much? The hunter who follows after you on your way home from the store, what does he hunt? The old neighbour lady seems so innocent, but you know the truth: you saw her that night. Why will the police not listen to you?

Dark, grim, beautiful and grotesque. We are delighted to bring you a collection of speculative winter stories and poems from new and established writers. The collection is edited by Margret Helgadottir. Winter Tales will be released in early 2016 from Fox Spirit Books.

Cover art will be by S.L. Johnson

 

Contents

Mat Joiner: The frost sermon
Su Haddrell: The Bothy
Sharon Kernow: The Wolf Moon
Ruth Booth: The love of a season
Masimba Musodza: When the trees were enchanted
Fiona Clegg: Sunday’s Child
Tim Major: Winter in the Vivarium
Lizz-Ayn Shaarawi: Snow Angel
Amelia Gorman: Under your skin
B. Thomas: Among Wolves
Eliza Chan: Yukizuki
DJ Tyrer: Frose
G.H. Finn: Cold-Hearted
David Sarsfield: Voliday
Kelda Crich: Coldness Waits
K.N. McGrath: The Siege
Jonathan Ward: Spirit of the Season
James Bennett: The Red Lawns
Anne Michaud: Frost Fair
Jan Edwards: Shaman Red
Adrian Tchaikovsky: The Coming of The Cold
Verity Holloway: The Frost of Heaven

Santa Marimbondo/Wild Things – Book review

A very nice review of both the anthology Wild Things and of my story Santa Marimbondo (highlighted in red below).

Wild Things – Book review

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Wild Things Edited by Steve J Shaw, 2015, Black Shuck Books, Website, p/b £8.99

 Reviewed by Nigel Robert Wilson

There could be no better celebration for a publishing house named after a spectral hound than to produce an anthology of therianthropy or humans changing into other beasties.

This reviewer will admit to an appreciation of short stories as they are an ideal tool in taking the tedium out of commuting. I no longer have to submit to the vagaries of public transport but the habit has stuck, along with the shortened attention span.

Be warned this book is not for bed-time reading. Do not under any circumstance read any of these stories before you switch off the light to go to sleep. Each has its well-fabricated terrors which could easily come back to bite you during the night. As it was I read most of it with an aging cat snoozing on my lap in the sure knowledge that she has ambitions, as yet frustrated, to become human and relate at length the injustice of nature that made me a man and her a cat.

There are stories of werewolves, sure. But also were-birds, a were-centipede and were-pretty, little dogs. For myself, and I recognise that the whole point of anthologies is that there is something in them for all tastes, the best is Rachel Halsall’s `Hunting’. A powerful story of difference, cruelty and identity built around the silkies or selkies, those mythological creatures, part-man and part-seal who are said to inhabit the North Sea. Are they a memory of those hunter-gatherers in Mesolithic times who drowned on Doggerland when the last of the ice melted? A hidden portion of my or our collective unconscious?

There are thirteen stories of which all contain quality writing with plots to a high standard.

`Fish’ by Anna Taborska is a well-executed, ironic tale of the unfortunate outcome of mistaken identity involving a puffer fish. It contains a strong moral message.

`Confession’ by Christopher Law is almost a shape-changer in itself. It starts out as a fairly mundane tale involving familiar clichés when it is actually about a man who finds he can turn into a bird of prey. The story goes wild as our hero becomes a junkie who eats children – mmm, delicious – as he yearns to be free from his ravening hunger!

`Scruffy Dog’ by D S Ullery is a delightfully whimsical story about a little stray dog. We have been conditioned to see were-wolves as horrific creatures of the night, only this one isn’t. Or is it?

`Hunting’ by Rachel Halsall is a wonderful tale which is to be recommended. It pulls no punches as sea creatures are hunted down by men for their meat and for the purpose of sex-slavery. The heroine is a child trapped between her human and selkie origins. It contains some excellent writing and is a challenging experience. Take it and enjoy!

`A Little Knowledge is a Dangerous Thing’ by Darrel Duckworth is a humorous tale of lycanthropy in modern dress. Are all company boardrooms populated by were-wolves and wizards? In this case the wizard gets it wrong as he relied upon an ancient archive rather than the scientific method.

`The Shape of Nothingness’ by Scott Shoyer assures us that a shape-changer is immortal, so he fears being dead. If a sexual partner falls in love with him sufficiently to fear losing him then he involuntarily turns into a monster and eats them. Then he comes across another woman he quite fancies, but she is an immortal too!

`The Fragility of Flesh’ by Laura Mauro is a strong narrative of a poor kid, badly bullied at school who no longer wants to be seen by anyone so becomes something else.

`Golden Moments’ by James Park also introduces an immortal woman with the dietary habits of a praying mantis. For a price she traps a man who lusts for her fleshly attributes. This is an exotic tale of revenge eaten in the best way possible.

`Leydra’s Maiden’ by Kelda Crich tells us of Matilda, a housekeeper on the make who can become a crow. She seeks the hand of her employer whilst slowly poisoning his wife. Leydra is an aspect of the Great Goddess who sees all and knows all. This is an ingenious story about the outing of wickedness that draws upon our deeper nature.

`Santa Marimbondo’ by G H Finn is about an anthropologist in Brazil researching the cult of Santa Muerte or St Death, a version of the Grim Reaper. Then a peasant tells her about Santa Marimbondo, a demonic wasp that has to leave its eggs in a human host to develop. This is an excellent plot set out to induce an exquisite sequence of tensions.

`Centipede’ by Helen Catten-Prugl returns us to the poor kid bullied in school. Only this one has the ability to turn into a centipede to eat babies, policemen and, in a fit of jealous anger, the girl he fancies. I think I prefer it when they just turn up with a gun.

`The Change’ by Callum Chalmers tells the story of a man with a secret shame. Every Thursday he has to get home early before he turns into an animal. This is a wonderfully detailed account of a man forced to hide his true nature for fear of being ridiculed.

`The Were-Dwarf’ by Johnny Mains is about what can happened when a height-challenged disc-jockey is attacked by a were-wolf. This develops into a hilarious tale of a bizarre celebrity trying to manage an insane condition. The denouement is quite superb. Read it!

Ramona Thompson’s poetry will be in “How To Trick The Devil”

deadsnakesRamona Thompson’s poem – also titled How To Trick The Devil – will be appearing in the anthology How To Trick The Devil published by Erebus Press on 16th October 2015 (which will of course also feaure by short-story, Unnatural Acts).
Ramona has had over 40 works published so far this year.
LINKS
Ramona’s Blog Deadsnakes
You can also read some of her work on Poemhunter

“Rent Money” by Rie Sheridan Rose will be in “How To Trick The Devil”

rie sheridanRie Sheridan Rose’s short story “Rent Money” will be published in How To Trick The Devil (which also features my short story Unnatural Acts).

 How To Trick The Devil will be published by Erebus Press on 16th October 2015.

Rie’s work includes short-stories, novels & poetry.

Here are links to Rie’s Facebook Page , her Twitter and her Website

Cold-Hearted will be in Winter Tales published by Fox Spirit Books

Fox SpiritI’m extremely pleased to be able to say that my short story Cold-Hearted has been chosen for inclusion in a forthcoming anthology, Winter Tales, edited by Margrét Helgadóttir which is due to be published by Fox Spirit Books (probably early 2016).

Naturally I’m not about to give away any plot details but I’ll just say the story has a modern setting, takes a few unexpected twists, and the main inspirations were drawn from (amongst other things) some obscure Scandinavian folktales & Shakespeare’s “A Winter’s Tale”.