2018 was a good year and I decided I wanted to do even more in 2019. I’m currently putting book 2 of the 100 Word Horror’s series together and plan to have it released by late Feb. I’m also close to finishing the Black Edition of The Horror Collection. The Gold Edition has been really well received.
The novella I have been mentioning from time to time that I am co-writing with Christina Bergling is now finished. Christina is just having a last read through and then we will get it out to some beta readers to see what they think. Oh, we have a name for it now. Screechers.
I have short stories in 5 upcoming anthologies and several others awaiting feedback so I’m keeping busy. When the two current anthos are complete I will be turning my attention back to the extension of Halloweenland from Collected Halloween Horror Shorts. I’ve had a lot of people tell me they would have loved it to be longer and that they wanted to know what happens next. Now you will find out. Hoping to have this one available in the next few months.
Watched a few good movies recently. ‘Green Book’ was a good watch & ‘Michael Inside’ was superb. I enjoyed Only the Brave too but it was slow.
Been watching a UK show called 2 Doors Down which is hilarious but I’m caught up to the current series so now I need to watch just one a week.
In other news I was excited to heat that there was a Breaking Bad movie being made. Looking forward to that one.
That’s about it for now. Until next time…
These books weren’t all published in 2018, they were books I read in 2018. They are not in order of my favourites as I’d struggle to do that. They are just a list of the ten books that I enjoyed reading the most throughout the year. I would recommend each of these books to all of you.
Larry – Adam Millard
Korean Road – Brian Scutt
The Obsidian – Lee McGeorge
The Pigeon – Andrew Lennon & Christopher Motz
Beautiful Hell – Jeffrey Thomas
Grim Riders – Tim Curran
Blister – Jeff Strand
Stacking Doll – Carlton Mellick
Forest Underground – Lydian Faust
Man-Eating Fuckers – David Owain Hughes
I didn’t get as much reading done in 2018 as I would have liked. It’s probably the least I’ve read for pleasure in years but I did read hundreds of short story submissions for anthologies so that slows me down. Here is the Goodreads list of what I did read. Although it was only 34 books there were some great ones in there. I’ve given them all a rating and a lot of them a review.
What I read on Goodreads
The full wrap isn’t complete yet as you may notice but it’s almost there.
This one is published by Hellbound Books. I picked the stories I wanted from the submissions that were sent in and the order they would run in the book. I also gave the cover designer, Kevin Enhart the spec of how I wanted it to look. It’s a collection of horror tales from British authors. I think you will enjoy it.
There is something quite special about this fine collection of tales of terror from the Sceptered Isle, each and every one crafted in the dead of the night by twisted, fevered minds, who have brought crawling and slithering to life the darkest denizens of the blackest shadows to terrify those brave souls amongst you who dare to read…
For your delectation, Dear Reader, we have assembled together between these illustrious covers an array of the finest British authors writing today:
Guy N. Smith, James H Longmore, David Owain Hughes, Kevin J Kennedy,
Ross Baxter, C. Bailey-Bacchus,
Justin Boote, Munib Haroon, Lex H Jones, Michael Byrne, Lee Franklin, J. C. Michael, Bill Davidson, Andrew J Lucas, Nick Stead, David Turnbull, Michael Chapman,
Richard Farren Barber
It’s the perfect time of year to pick up a copy of Collected Christmas Horror Shorts 1 & 2 if you haven’t already. I’ve seen a load of posts on Facebook where people are looking for Christmas themed horror books, so I thought I would post about these for anyone that hasn’t come across them. The 1st book has been an Amazon best seller the last two years. The 2nd book is a recent release.
Contains stories by: Amy Cross, Michael A. Arnzen, Tim Curran, Willow Rose, Rick Gualtieri, John R. Little, Christina Bergling, Andrew Lennon, J.C. Michael, Lisa Morton, Mike Duke, C.S. Anderson, Mark Cassell, Peter Oliver Wonder, Suzanne Fox, Matthew Brockmeyer, James Matthew Byers, Kevin J. Kennedy, Weston Kincade, Matt Hickman, P. Mattern, Mark Fleming, Veronica Smith, Steven Stacy, Chris Motz, Sara Tantlinger, J.L. Lane, Ty Schwamberger, Suzanne Fox, Xtina Marie, Rose Garnett, Israel Finn & Lisa Vasquez
Over the last few months I’ve been really busy finishing up the anthologies that I was putting together. Collected Christmas Horror Shorts 2, The Horror Collection: Gold Edition & Carnival of Horror are all now available and doing well. Made in Britain, the british themed horror antho that I put together for Hellbound Books is going through final edits and should be available within the next few weeks.
I’ve decided to focus more on writing for the next little while so I’m putting a hold on the anthos. When I return to them I will either start with a second 100 Word Horrors or The Horror Collection: Black Edition. In regards to writing, I’m closing in on the end of a novella that I’ve been working on for the last year with Christina Bergling and I’m at the very start of another that I am writing with Andrew Lennon. I’ve also decided to extend my short story ‘Halloweenland’ from Collected Halloween Horror Shorts into a novella. The story has always received great feedback and several people have said they would love to see more from the characters. It’s one of my favourite stories so I’m taking my time to make sure I like the extended version as much as the original short. I have stories accepted to several Anthos and there are a few more I plan on writing subs for if I have time but I’d like to get a few longer pieces out there too.
Been watching a lot of movies recently. Some better than others. I really enjoyed Bohemian Rhapsody, Tag, Ghost Stories and The Outlaw King. I gave up on A Star is Born half way through and tried the new Sabrina series and quit half way through the first episode. The Haunting of Hill House was another box set I watched and thought was absolutely superb.
I’ve been reading Hell Divers 4 by Nicholas Sansbury Smith, Man Eating Fuckers 3 by David Owain Hughes (ARC), Bird Box by Josh Malerman, Clickers Forever tribute antho, Big Bang Over the Western General by Mark Flemming and Monsters and Animals by Wrath James White. I’m just jumping between them all as I don’t get as much reading time as I would like. If you want to check out my thoughts on them when I’m finished, just follow me on Goodreads.
Not too much else to report right now but I’ll be back when I have some more updates.
The Bold Mum is running a short story competition on her website. Over 60 authors have posted a free story and voting opens for your fave on the 23rd. Here is my story. If you have a read and enjoy it, I would be massively appreciative if you left me a vote. There are also stories by several of the authors that regularly appear in KJK Publishing anthos such as Andrew Lennon, David Owain Hughes, Veronica Smith, Howard Carlisle, Lex H. Jones, C.S. Anderson & Mark Cassell as well as a whole host of other great authors.