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.
Check out loads of free stories by some great authors on The Bold Mom’s website. Voting for your favourite starts on the 23rd of October. I’ve posted the link to my story and you will find the link to all the other stories at the bottom of it. Have a read and vote for your fave. Share your fave stories online and help them win the contest.
I’ve been ridiculously busy for a while now. All of the Anthos that I have been working on for most of the year are coming to an end. Collected Christmas Horror Shorts 2 is available for Kindle and I’m working on the paperback version. The Horror Collection is available for pre-order on Kindle as is Carnival of Horror. I’m also almost finished reading subs for the Made in Britain anthology that I’m putting together for Hellbound books. It’s been a busy year and although I had the books staggered to give me time, a few things have went wrong to delay them so I’ve ended up doing them all pretty close together. There are links in the book section if you’d like to have a look at them.
Dark Places, Evil Faces 2 is also available on pre-order. I read in Andrew Lennon’s newsletter that it’s a big achievement for him as he has always wanted to be published alongside Clive Barker. While I completely understand that, for me, I wanted to get into this one so I would appear alongside Jack Ketchum. There’s a load of great authors in this book and I’m sure Mark Lumby will have done a fantastic job of putting it together.
I have short stories and one poem accepted for several other Anthos but at this stage I have no release dates or covers for any of them.
My collaborative novella that I’m working on with Christina Bergling is close to finished but has stalled. Completely my fault. I need to finish up the Anthos so I can give it my full attention but we have the rest of the story mapped out so hopefully we will get that one finished soon.
I feel like I have barely read anything over the last few months (accept for hundreds of subs to the Anthos lol) so I’m looking forward to having a break to focus on reading and writing for a while again.
I think that’s about it for now. Until next time…
Roll up, roll up!
Welcome to the carnival!
Enjoy the sweet smells of the cotton candy and candy apples. Listen to the calliope music as you wander among the many stalls, to the screams of children enjoying the various rides. It’s all been designed to take your money, but you already know that. What you are not aware of, however, are the strange goings-on of the carnival world after dark. Do the carnies want more than your money? Does the fortune teller know more than she tells you? Are some of the games more dangerous than others?
Explore your worst fears, and perhaps gain some new ones, in these twisted tales of what really goes on at the carnival after dark!
Table of Contents:
Mark Fleming – Lifeblood
Lex H. Jones – For One Night Only
Andrew Lennon – House of Illusion
Jason M. Light – Abandonland
David J. Fielding – Wobbly Bob
Ike Hamill – The Pinch
Christina Bergling – Zoltara
Gary A. Braunbeck – In a Hand or Face
John Dover – Frimby’s Big Day
David Owain Hughes – The Last Freakshow on Earth
H.R. Boldwood – Mister Weasels and the Cosmic Carnival
Joe X. Young – The Frog Prince
Guy N. Smith – Blood Show at the Carnival
Steven Stacy – The Voodoo Man
J.C. Michael – What a Price to Pay for a Fucking Teddy Bear
Selene MacLeod – Sweetheart
Dark Places, Evil Faces is Volume 2 in this Horror and Dark Suspense anthology series. Including works of fiction by Clive Barker, Ramsey Campbell, Graham Masterton, Joe R. Lansdale, Jack Ketchum and many more. All the proceeds raised from the sale of this book will be donated to Rethink Mental Illness.
I have a pretty brutal story in this one. It’s one of my more extreme tales. As you have probably noticed, it’s an outstanding lineup. Half of the authors from the Collected Horror Shorts anthos have stories in here too.
Some people love Christmas for religious reasons, others prefer it for the food, drink and parties, but for some other people, it’s just another time of year to get up to mischief. This anthology is filled with tales of not-so-happy Christmases, tales that they don’t want to tell you about in the movies or songs.
It’s time to break out your new Christmas slippers, rip open a box of chocolates and pour yourself a drink. Lock your doors and get comfy. You’re in for one helluva ride.
Merry Christmas from all of us!
Contains stories by:
Amy Cross, Michael A. Arnzen, 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 Buyers, Weston Kincade, Matt Hickman, P. Mattern, Mark Fleming, Veronica Smith, Steven Stacy, Chris Motz & Sara Tantlinger.
Compiled by Kevin J. Kennedy
Edited by Brandy Yassa
I’m trying to make sure I keep things up to date here but I like to always make sure I have some news to post. There is plenty going on right now. Pandemonium by J.C. Michael is on pre-order and will arrive on your Kindle on the 4th of August. The paperback will be available shortly afterwards. While I’m not a part of this book it’s published by KJK Publishing. I read the book a few years ago and loved it but wished I could have made some changes. Well, I finally got my chance. It also includes a new bonus short story.
I have had short stories accepted into Dark Places, Evil Faces 2, Fiend Farm, Beautiful Tragedies 2 and an antho that I’m not allowed to mention the name of yet. I have subs in for several other anthos and still need to write a few for people who are waiting on me.
The anthos I’m putting together have all move further on but still aren’t ready for release. The first that will be available will be Carnival of Horror.
I’m currently reading Stacking Doll by Carlton Mellick III, the Clickers tribute anthology for J.F. Gonzalez and Monsters and Animals by J.F. Gonzalez and Wrath James White.
Currently watching Lilyhammer. Absolutely loving it. Sad they only made 3 seasons as I’m almost finished it.
That’s about it for now. As always, if you have any questions about anything, the links to the various places you will find me are at the top of the page.
KJK Publishing is proud to present Pandemonium.
As the year draws to a close, a mysterious stranger makes a proposition to club owner Warren Charlton.
It’s a deal involving a brand new drug. The good news: the drug is free. The bad news: it comes at a heavy price… promising much but delivering far more. Euphoria and ecstasy. Death and depravity.
One big night. One new pill. It all awaits those who try Pandemonium.
***Contains bonus short stort ‘Reasons to Kill’***
Others comments on the book:
“J C Michael unleashes upon ordinary, unsuspecting characters a fiendish plot that only maestros such as Bentley Little and Michael Slade could rival.”
~ Dean Lombardo, author of Space Games
“A crazy ride to hell and back, if you’re ballsy enough to take on this awesome book.”
~ Claire Riley, author of Limerence
“A literal trip into the abyss echoing with the screams of those classic movies from the 80s where the big bad was bigger than life, unrepentantly evil, and no one was safe. By the time Michael’s 200 beat-per-minute pandemonium kicks in it’s too late to do anything but keep rolling and pray you make it to the last track.”
~ Bracken MacLeod, author of Mountain Home
“Michael’s novel of sex, drugs, music and evil pulls you in seductively, then turns the amp up to 11. With a silky, snaky style reminiscent of Clive Barker, Michael weaves a tale that takes recreational drug use to a whole new, terrifying level. The book moves at a terrific pace, to the THUMP THUMP THUMP of dance music. And all the time, in the background, there is an elegant, sophisticated evil DJing the entire rave.”
~ John F D Taff, author of Little Deaths
“Fantastic. Epic. I’ve done a lot of drugs, and wrote my share of stories, but never have they both danced together in the darkness such as in Discoredia.”
~ Mark Matthews, author of On the Lips of Children
“Trainspotting meets 28 Days Later. Outstanding!”
~Andrew Lennon, author of A Life to Waste