I’m in the Fall/Autumn issue of New Zenith Magazine

I have a story, The Halloween Party, in the latest issue of New Zentih Magazine which is available now in digital format for the very modest price of US $3.99 (about £3.27) – click here to get a copy (it will be available in print format shortly).
My story is in the paid edition but if you’d like to see what to expect from the magazine there is a free web edition here
I’m in good company in the present issue. Details of my fellow contributors are below.

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Contributors – Fall 2016

Robert Edward Baker

Robert Edward Baker works as a male model by day and a rock singer by night. He also writes fiction like the above. In truth, Robert lives in Bradford, England, with his wife and their three sons. Recently, he took his first baby steps toward a career in writing.

Robert’s Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/Robert-Edward-Baker-1743647935882181/

Allison Epstein

Allison Epstein

Allison Epstein is a writer, marketer, feminist, and recreational student of Shakespeare living in Chicago. Her writing has appeared or is forthcoming in Strangelet Journal, Ugly Sapling, The Huffington Post, and Adios Barbie, among other publications. She hasn’t finished a conversation without quoting the musical Hamilton since September 2015.

Twitter: @AllisonEpstein2

Publications: allisonepstein.contently.com

Blog: thebodypacifist.wordpress.com

Ute Carson

Ute Carson

A writer from youth, German-born Ute Carson has published three novels, three collections of poetry and numerous essays and short stories. She resides in Austin, Texas with her husband. They have three daughters, six grandchildren, a horse and a number of cats. Please visit her website www.utecarson.com.

G. H. Finn

G. H. Finn

G. H. Finn is the pen name of someone you are very unlikely to have heard of but who keeps his real identity secret anyway, possibly in the forlorn hope of one day being mistaken for a superhero.

Website: http://ghfinn.orkneymagic.com/

Twitter: @GanferHaarFinn

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/g.h.finn/

Amazon Author’s Page: UK http://www.amazon.co.uk/G-H-Finn/e/B0147L6E66/ & US http://www.amazon.com/G-H-Finn/e/B0147L6E66/

Previously Published & Forthcoming Fiction:
Please see this link http://ghfinn.orkneymagic.com/published-fiction/

Sandra J. Jackson

Sandra J. Jackson

Born in Montreal, Sandra J. Jackson now resides in a rural setting in Eastern Ontario.

Sandra is a multi-genre author. Her debut novel, Promised Soul, was released in March 2015. She is currently working on her first series, the first of the books due to release sometime in 2016.

Links

Website: www.sandrajjackson.com

Amazon (International link): myBook.to/PromisedSoul

Facebook Page: www.facebook.com/sandrajjackson.author

Twitter: https://twitter.com/sjjacksonauthor

Google +: http://google.com/+Sandrajjacksonauthor

Linkedin: http://ca.linkedin.com/in/sandrajjacksonauthor

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/13681910.Sandra_J_Jackson

Lisa Luciano

Lisa Luciano

Lisa Luciano enjoys reading, writing, and creating art with recycled materials. She has been through the “Miraculous Marathon” a few times….being the mother of eleven children.

Edward McDermott

Edward McDermott

Edward McDermott, born in Toronto, has a professional day job but spends his spare time pursuing a writing career. Aside from taking writing courses and participating in writers’ groups, Edward takes time for sailing, fencing, and working as a movie extra. http://www.edwardmcdermott.net/

Kate Krake

Kate Krake

Kate Krake is a writer, mother, wife and beagle tamer. She is the author of the continuing urban fantasy meta-novel, Guessing Tales as well as numerous non-fiction books for writers. Kate also runs the writing advice website, The Write Turn. Kate lives in Brisbane, Australia (and yes, her backyard is at times overrun with kangaroos).

http://www.katekrake.com

http://www.thewriteturn.com

http://www.guessingtales.com

Twitter: https://twitter.com/katekrake

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/katekrake/

https://www.smashwords.com/profile/view/katekrake

Denny E. Marshall

Denny E. Marshall

Denny E. Marshall isn’t a high-flying super hero, nor president of the largest nation in the world, and he hasn’t been published in the New Yorker. However, he is one heck of an artist, and a pretty mean storyteller. Watch out world because we haven’t seen the last of him!

Chance Nix

Chance Nix

Born and raised in Dallas, Texas, Chance managed to escape the trappings of life by running away to join the United States Marine Corps in time to serve during the battle of Fallujah in 2004. After serving two tours in Iraq and helping during Hurricane Katrina, Chance was discharged with a Purple Heart and Combat Action Ribbon. He currently lives in Princeton, Texas with his wife Jennifer, their two sons; Damien and Bastian, and two wonderful dogs. When he is not spending his time with his family or watching UFC, Chance can be found at his keyboard working on yet another story.

Brooke Petrie

Brooke Petrie

Brooke Petrie is an author who carries a pen, notebook and a tonne of adjectives with her wherever she goes. She has a passion for all forms of storytelling – be it poetry, music, visual art or narratives. Brooke can’t wait to venture out of the small city of Adelaide, South Australia, to hear more stories from different places in the world. Her dreams often involve meeting Jack Kerouac.

Jacqueline Seewald

Jacqueline Seewald

Multiple award-winning author, Jacqueline Seewald, has taught creative, expository and technical writing at Rutgers University as well as high school English. She also worked as both an academic librarian and an educational media specialist. Sixteen of her books of fiction have been published to critical praise including books for adults, teens and children. Her short stories, poems, essays, reviews and articles have appeared in hundreds of diverse publications and numerous anthologies.

Her writer’s blog can be found at: http://jacquelineseewald.blogspot.com

LD Masterson

LD Masterson

LD Masterson lives in Dayton, Ohio and enjoys writing in a variety of genres. Her short stories have been published in several anthologies and she recently completed a paranormal suspense novel, Hunter’s Way.

Catch her at http://ldmasterson-author.blogspot.com.

Jay Seate

Jay Seate

After Jay read a few tales to his parents, they booted him out of the house. Undaunted, he continues to write everything from humor to the macabre. Jay won Horror Novel Review’s Best Short Fiction Award as well as placing stories in Chicken Soup for the Soul. He has longer works on Amazon and B&N.

Luke Spooner

Luke Spooner

Luke Spooner currently lives and works in the South of England. Having graduated from the University of Portsmouth with a first class degree he is now a full time illustrator working under two aliases; ‘Carrion House’ for his darker work and ‘Hoodwink House’ for his work aimed at a younger audience. He believes that the job of putting someone else’s words into a visual form, to accompany and support their text, is a massive responsibility as well as being something he truly treasures.

John H. Stevens

John H. Stevens

John H. Stevens lives with his lovely wife, Geraldine and daughter Katie in the suburbs of Chicago after growing up near Wrigley Field. During the day, he’s a mild-mannered Systems Programmer. At night, he tries to come up with ideas for horror stories despite his dogs’ demand to play with them. His scariest secret is he’s a Cub’s fan.

Darren Todd

Darren Todd

Darren writes short fiction full time, along with book editing for Evolved Publications and narrating audiobooks for Audible. His stories have appeared in seventeen publications. He’s had two plays produced and a non-fiction book published. He lives in Phoenix with his wife and son and does his best work in coffee shops on a dated word processor.

Kyra Spisak

Kyra Spisak

Kyra Spisak resides in the Great White North of Canada. She spends her nights writing and her days working in a half asleep haze. You can find her and all her writing adventures on Twitter, @GeorgeSpisak. She publishes under both Kyra Spisak and George Spisak, depending on her mood.

J. J. Steinfeld

J. J. Steinfeld

Canadian fiction writer, poet, and playwright J. J. Steinfeld lives on Prince Edward Island, where he is patiently waiting for Godot’s arrival and a phone call from Kafka. While waiting, he has published seventeen books, including Would You Hide Me? (Stories, Gaspereau Press), Misshapenness (Poetry, Ekstasis Editions), Identity Dreams and Memory Sounds (Poetry, Ekstasis Editions), Madhouses in Heaven, Castles in Hell (Stories, Ekstasis Editions), and An Unauthorized Biography of Being (Stories, Ekstasis Editions).

Paul Weidknecht

Paul Weidknecht

Paul Weidknecht is the author of Native to This Stream: Brief Writings About Fly-Fishing & the Great Outdoors, a collection of short stories, essays and poems. His work has also appeared in A Readable Feast: Sweet, Funny, and Strange Tales for Every Taste by the Bethlehem Writers Group, LLC, Best New Writing 2015, Gray’s Sporting Journal, The Hippocrates Prize for Poetry and Medicine Anthology, The MacGuffin, Potomac Review, Rosebud, Shenandoah, and Structo, among others. He resides in New Jersey and has completed a collection of short fiction.

“The Halloween Party” in New Zenith Magazine

Just in time for the spooky season, I have a short story titled “The Halloween Party” about to be published in New Zenith Magazine

logo“New Zenith Magazine is a quarterly short fiction, poetry, and visual art magazine. Within its pages you will find short stories of all genres, flash fiction, mesmerizing poetry, hilarious cartoons/comics, photography, illustrations, inspiring author interviews, articles on the topic of writing, provocative writing prompts and more. This page-turning magazine will delight your senses, and incite your curiosity. There is truly something for everyone inside the pages of this eclectic journal.” I’m delighted to have been chosen to be among New Zenith’s featured authors.

new-zenith-300-cropped“The Halloween Party” features a veritable cornucopia of rum and uncanny characters such as The Gobdjeofel, Morrogolloro, The Bloody Lobaghast, Granddaddy Strawbones, Jo-Jo Le Snatch, The Skenny-Grobbler, Lulu Gongo, Baa-Baa-Dead-Sheep, Black-and-Blue Jenny, Abu-Mambu-Babu, The Ladyjack, Gog-Gog, Old Mother Shatter and Yasakaluka the Sucking Devil.

I won’t give any spoilers but the story blends folklore, the belief in childhood bogeymen, dark humour, horror and the weirdly macabre.

Just what you need for a happy halloween….

The Autumn/Fall issue of New Zenith Magazine is due out very shortly & I’ll update as soon as it is avaliable.

 

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

Gotta Catch ‘Em All

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Have you read my darkly comic 300-word micro-fiction story, “Gotta Catch ‘Em All”?

It won 2nd place in the ZeroFlash aniversary competiton in July 2016.

You can read it free online here :

Gotta Catch ‘Em All

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 :

 


 

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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

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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

 

 

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Fox Spirit

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).

My Story “Unnatural Acts” will be published in “How To Trick The Devil”

erebuspress I’m delighted to be able to write that my short-story Unnatural Acts will be published in the forthcoming anthology How To Trick The Devil, edited by Stephaine Buosi for Erebus Press.

“Unnatural Acts” is a supernatural comic-horror story which should tickle your funny bones if you like your humour on the dark side…

I don’t currently have a confirmed publication date but tentatively it is September 2015.

More news as I have it.

A Biography of Boris Johnson by William Shakespeare

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“Out Of My Sight, Thou Dost Infect My Eyes” Richard III

I Was Seeking For A Fool When I Found You*

A Biography of Boris Johnson

by William Shakespeare

Extracts edited by G. H. Finn

With the announcement that professional media clown Boris Johnson has signed a £500,000 contract to write a biography of William Shakespeare, the latest news is that the Bard of Avon is set to return the favour and has already written much of Boris Johnson’s biography. Here are a few extracts.

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William Shakespeare on Boris Johnson : “I do desire we may be better strangers”

Thou art like a toad; ugly and venomous.”(1) “Thou art a flesh-monger, a fool and a coward.” (2) “Thine forward voice, now, is to speak well of thine friend; thine backward voice is to utter foul speeches and to detract.” (3) “A most notable coward, an infinite and endless liar, an hourly promise breaker, the owner of no one good quality.” (4) “Thou art as loathsome as a toad.” (5) “Methink’st thou art a general offence and every man should beat thee.” (6) “Thou subtle, perjur’d, false, disloyal man!” (7) “Thou clay-brained guts, thou knotty-pated fool, thou whoreson obscene greasy tallow-catch!” (8) “Thy tongue outvenoms all the worms of Nile.” (9) “There’s no more faith in thee than in a stewed prune.” (10) “You scullion! You rampallian! You fustilarian!” (11) “Thou poisonous bunch-back’d toad!”(12) “That trunk of humours, that bolting-hutch of beastliness, that swollen parcel of dropsies, that huge bombard of sack, that stuffed cloak-bag of guts, that roasted Manningtree ox with pudding in his belly, that reverend vice, that grey Iniquity, that father ruffian, that vanity in years” (13) “Peace, ye fat guts.” (14) “Thou are pigeon-liver’d and lack gall.” (15) “Thine face is not worth sunburning.” (16) “You starvelling, you eel-skin, you dried neat’s-tongue, you bull’s-pizzle, you stock-fish–O for breath to utter what is like thee!-you tailor’s-yard, you sheath, you bow-case, you vile standing tuck!” (17) “Thy sin’s not accidental, but a trade.” (18) “”Thou art a boil, a plague sore, an embossed carbuncle.” (19) “You are as a candle, the better burnt out.” (20) “Thou cream faced loon” (21) “Thou art as fat as butter.” (22) “Go, prick thy face, and over-red thy fear, Thou lily-liver’d boy.” (23) “Your brain is as dry as the remainder biscuit after voyage.”

 

“Thou Art A Foul, Undigested Lump.” Henry IV, Part II.

*As You Like It

(1) As You Like It
(2) Measure For Measure
(3) The Tempest
(4) All’s Well That Ends Well
(5) Troilus and Cressida
(6) All’s Well That Ends Well
(7) The Two Gentlemen of Verona
(8) Henry IV Part 1
(9) Cymbeline
(10) Henry V
(11) Henry IV Part 2
(12) Richard III
(13) Henry IV Part 1
(14) Henry IV Part 1
(15) Hamlet
(16) Henry V
(17) Henry IV Part 1
(18) King Lear
(19) All’s Well That Ends Well
(20) Henry IV Part 1
(21) Macbeth
(22) Henry IV Part 1
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(24) As You Like It

Thought For The Day For Writers…

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Thought For The Day

By logical extension of the popular saying……

1,001 words are worth more than a picture…