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.
The full wrap isn’t complete yet as you may notice but it’s almost there.
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.
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