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Through a Mythos Darkly

Some stories fall through cracks. Some whole books do.

Getting a story in THROUGH A MYTHOS DARKLY was a big deal for me. It’s from PS Publishing, who were one of my white whale publishers, and my story in it is an alternative history Arthurian thing, influenced as much by Michael Moorcock as by H P Lovecraft. I had an awful lot of fun writing it, loose and racing, and it’s one of my favorites of all the stories I’ve written.

And yet… I’m not sure anybody’s read it. Sure, the book is out, and the hardcover in particular is a lovely, lovely thing. But I’ve yet to see a single review, not even on Amazon, and it’s as if the book’s invisible now that it’s out there in the wild.

So if this is your first time hearing about it, seek it out and give it a chance. There’s plenty in there to reward you.

Get the shiny hardcover here  ( ebook is also available)

Here’s the TOC

Cody Goodfellow . . . The Roadrunners
Jeffrey Thomas . . . Scrimshaw
John Langan . . . Sweet Angie Tailor in: Subterranean Showdown
Robert M. Price . . . An Old and Secret Cult
Pete Rawlik . . . Stewert Behr–Deanimator
Don Webb . . . To Kill a King
William Meikle . . . The Last Quest
Christine Morgan . . . Fate of the World
Konstantine Paradias . . . Red in the Water, Salt on the Earth
D.A. Madigan . . . The Night They Drove Cro Magnon Down
Sam Stone . . . Sacrifice
Edward Morris . . . Get Off Your Knees, I’m Not Your God
Stephen Mark Rainey . . . Excerpts from the Diaries of Henry P. Linklatter
Tim Waggoner . . . Plague Doctor
Lee Clark Zumpe . . . Amidst the Blighted Swathes of Grey Desolation
Nick Mamatas & Molly Tanzer . . . Cognac, Communism, and Cocaine
Damien Angelica Walters . . . Kai Monstrai Ateik (When the Monsters Come)

 

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Coming up from me…

After a relatively quiet patch on the publications front, I’ve got a lot of material coming out in the rest of 2017 and through 2018.

On the longer works side I have the following:

  • Songs of Dreaming Gods, a Sigils and Totems novel from DarkFuse
  • The Boathouse, a Sigils and Totems novel from DarkFuse
  • Ramskull, a Hammer horror homage novel from DarkFuse
  • The Ghost Club, a Victorian supernatural short story collection from Crystal Lake Publishing
  • Carnacki: The Edinburgh Townhouse, a short story collection from the Lovecraft ezine imprint
  • The Job, a Sigils and Totems novella from DarkFuse
  • Deal or No Deal, a Midnight Eye novella from Gryphonwood Press

As for stories in anthologies, there’s these to look forward to:

  • The Root of All Things / By the Light of Camelot / EDGE Publishing
  • The Last Quest / Through a Mythos Darkly / PS Publishing
  • Blacktop / I Am The Abyss / Dark Regions Press
  • Nocturnes and Lacunae / Transmissions From Punktown / Dark Regions Press
  • Call and Response / The Arkham Detective Agency / Dark Regions Press
  • The Longdock Air / Shadows Over Main Street 2 / Cuttingblock Press
  • The Pied Piper of Providence / Once Upon An Apocalypse / Crystal Lake Publishing
  • Outposts / Further tales of Cthulhu Invictus / Golden Goblin Press
  • Tumshiehied / Between Twilight and Dawn / Golden Goblin Press
  • The Needs of the Many / The Stars at Our Door / April Moon
  • The Mouth of the Ness / Cryptid Clash / 18th Wall Productions
  • Carnacki: The Lusitania / Fearful Fathoms / Scarlet Galleon

There’s also a whole load of German Language editions of my books in the works at Blitz Verlag and Voodoo Press, with THE INVASION from Blitz Verlag being next in the pipeline.

So there’s that lot, a couple of secret projects I can’t talk about, and a load of other things currently out on submission. More than enough to keep me busy well through 2017 and past my 60th birthday in January.

If you want to keep up to date with publication dates and releases of the above, announcements will be made first on my newsletter.  ( there’s a free ebook of my HOME FROM THE SEA collection in it for you too if you sign up ).

Onward!

 

ANNOUNCING THE HEROES OF RED HOOK ANTHOLOGY!

heroesofredhookA collection of jazz era cosmic horror short stories featuring immigrant, minority, female, LGBT, and other outsider protagonists.

The book will contain my retelling of Lovecraft’s THE HORROR AT RED HOOK from the viewpoint of two of the local ethnic population.

Also included are works by Mercedes M Yardley, Tim Waggoner, Cody Goodfellow, Wilum Hopfrog Pugmire, Sam Stone and many more.

Support the Kickstarter here and get in on some nice bonuses with the publication.

And watch the video linked below – it tells you more about what the project is all about.

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/golden-goblin-press/heroes-of-red-hook/widget/video.html

From the Publisher

Heroes of Red Hook is a collection of cosmic horror tales taking place during the Jazz Era with a very important focus. The protagonists of this anthology are members of the various under represented demographic in Lovecraftian fiction. Our heroes and heroines are the outsiders who are most often blamed (wrongly so) for the actions of various alien horrors of the mythos. Our stories put the spotlight on ethnic and religious minorities, immigrants, independent free thinking women, those with special needs, and members of the LGBT community. This collection features people struggling to overcome not only the horrors beyond mankind’s understanding, but an oppressive society seeking to deny them basic human rights.

The vast majority of the fans of Cosmic Horror Fiction struggle to reconcile their love for the genre with inherent racism of the original works of its creator, H.P. Lovecraft. Many of us are disturbed that bigots and hateful groups treat Lovecraftian fiction a manifesto to support their racism.They point to stories like The Horror at Red Hook and say, “See there, that is what’s wrong with the world.” They point to places like Brooklyn, and all they see is taint, corruption, and shadows.

We here at Golden Goblin Press reject their message and their ignorance, as we stand up and try to guide our genre towards a more inclusive future.  We see the mixing of races, cultures, genders, and orientations not as a negative, but as mankind’s greatest strength. These are not shadows to be fearful of but our brightest light guiding us to a more enlightened tomorrow. Together we can change the legacy of Lovecraft, from one of blame, fear, and bigotry, into something more representative of our greater humanity. We know that one little book won’t solve the problem in our genre, but maybe it can be a nudge in the direction it needs to move coming into the 21st century.

That might be a lot to ask from one book, but those familiar with cosmic horror know all too well the power one little book can sometimes wield.

Wayne Miller and me

Bedlam-in-Yellow_FNLI’ve had the great privilege of working with Wayne Miller on many occasions in recent years. I think we’ve made a good team.

He has done great things with artwork for a huge amount of my work, with covers produced for many of my books at Dark Regions and Gryphonwood Press among others,  internal illustrations in B&W and color for the SHERLOCK HOLMES, CARNACKI, and PROFESSOR CHALLENGER collections from Dark Renaissance among others, and covers and illos for individual novellas and stories in anthologies.

Have a look at these wonders below . This is an example of his brilliance at work.

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Wayne is available for work if any publishers or writers out there are in the market at the moment – I can assure you that you wont be disappointed if you decide to work with him.

You can get him at http://www.mwaynemiller.com/ – knock three times and tell him Willie sent you.

My writing year in numbers

PuffinswriteI’ve just finished a large secret project, the last big thing of 2015 for me.

Looks like the final tally of writing for the year will be 2 novels, 3 novellas and 32 (maybe 34 if I decide to squeeze another couple in) short stories.

Almost 400,000 words in total so far and about equal with my most productive year previously. I had planned a quiet year…

On the publications front in 2015 I’ve had

  • a novel, THE DUNFIELD TERROR at DarkFuse,
  • 6 novellas ( the 3 Holmes novellas in THE LONDON TERRORS and THE HOUSE ON THE MOOR at Dark Renaissance, TORMENTOR and PENTACLE at DarkFuse),
  • 2 story collections (CARNACKI: THE WATCHER AT THE GATE at Dark  Renaissance and MYTHS AND MONSTERS at Knightwatch Press, all of which are in hardcover editions and most also in paperback.
  •  14 other short stories in print, the personal highlights for me being another story in Nature Futures, and two appearances in the ‘MAMMOTH BOOK OF’ series of anthologies with stories featuring Sherlock Holmes and Jack the Ripper – a wee dream I’ve had for a while that came true.

Details of all of this at my website for anyone interested

2016 looks like it’s going to continue the good run – I have 2 more novels coming from DarkFuse (FUNGOID and SONGS OF DREAMING GODS), a new Sherlock Holmes short novel from Dark Renaissance (THE DREAMING MAN) and some other very nice (but currently secret) projects lined up. Alongside that I have 20 short stories sold and awaiting publication, including some where I’m sharing page space with some of my writing heroes.

Alongside all of that, I’ve got a small bundle of about a dozen story submissions currently out and waiting for reply. Fingers, toes and tentacles crossed.

On the actual writing front for 2016, I have another novel, my last in the current contract, to write for DarkFuse, 2 novellas to do for other publishers, and, currently, 3 stories to write for anthologies that I’ve been invited to. It’s a bit strange to have so much work in hand after years of submitting blind, but I’m not complaining…

Onward and upward

To infinity and beyond.

 

 

 

Two new stories published today

It’s always a good day when a new story comes out, and today there’s two, both of which were in the post for me this morning. Both books are really nice in their paperback editions, which is a bonus.

THE MAMMOTH BOOK OF JACK THE RIPPER STORIES is one of those dream anthologies of the kind I’ve aspired to be in since I started writing – one of the big name publishers, an editor I’ve always admired, and a theme I felt right at home with.

My story is a new CARNACKI one, and takes place 21 years after the Whitechapel murders.

40 dark new tales by Martin Edwards, Michael Gregorio, Alex Howard, Barbara Nadel, Steve Rasnic Tem, Josh Reynolds, Adrian Cole and many more.

Includes my story THE KEYS TO THE DOOR.

AMAZON | AMAZON UK

A MYTHOS GRIMMLY is a different beast entirely, but again the theme just shouted at me at the time – a mash up of a Grimm’s fairy tale and a Lovecraftian viewpoint. Given my love of music, this one came naturally too…

Fairy tales and Lovecraftian Mythos collide in this mash-up anthology. Featuring Tracie McBride, Joseph S Pulver Sr, Peter Rawlik and many more.

Contains my story THE WONDERFUL MUSICIAN

AMAZON | AMAZON UK

Have you read the UNSPOKEN?

My Dad has cancer. More than one kind in fact. He’s fighting hard, but cancer is a devious bugger. It hides, it lurks, and it pounces when you think it’s down and defeated.

Cancer is a monster.

It has been a presence in my life for as long as I can remember. I first came across it in the late Sixties. My Gran’s brother came back to town to die with his family. I was fascinated by this man, so thin as to be almost skeletal, wound in clothes that were many sizes too large for his frame, his skin so thin that I could see his blood moving… not pumping, for it had long since stopped moving enough to keep him alive long. He rarely spoke, just sat by the fire as if trying to soak up heat, his eyes frequently wet from tears, not of sadness, but of pain. He lasted for months in that condition until it finally took him and I knew then that cancer was a monster.

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Since then it has taken others, both friends and family, a young mother with two pre-teen children, a cousin who was like a big brother to me, and a girl I never got to know for she was taken before her twentieth birthday. Other family members are still fighting. There’s my Dad, who meets it all with a good humour that is humbling, and my godmother who has battled bowel cancer into remission twice.

Cancer is a monster. I can’t fight it for them. But as a writer and as an editor there is something I can do. I rallied up some friends, and friends of friends, and asked them for some stories. They responded brilliantly. We’ve put them together in a wee book.

Johnny Mains and Peter Mark May at Karöshi Books have published THE UNSPOKEN as an ebook and paperback with all profits going to The Beatson Cancer Research Institute. We’ve sent them hundreds of dollars so far, and I hope to send them hundreds more.

The lineup is stunning.

  • Ramsey Campbell – Introduction
  • Tim Lebbon – Just Breathe
  • Simon Kurt Unsworth – Photographs of Boden
  • Steven Savile & Steve Lockley – The Last Gift
  • John Shirley – Where the Market’s Hottest
  • Anna Taborska – Underbelly
  • Stephen James Price – Pages of Promises
  • Scott Nicholson – Heal Thyself
  • Stephen Laws – Harbinger
  • William Meikle – The Unfinished Basement
  • Nancy Kilpatrick – Alien Love
  • David Riley – A Girl, a Toad and a Cask
  • Barbie Wilde – Polyp
  • Johnny Mains – The Cure
  • Guy N Smith – The Big One
  • Pete Crowther – Cankerman
  • Steve Duffy – X for Henrietta
  • Gary McMahon – Bitter Soup
  • Edited by William Meikle
  • Cover art by Simon Marshall Jones

Get it now, or miss out on some great stories.

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