Ghostlore has been announced, & Spirit Machine is at the printers!

This post makes me giddy. Giddy, I tell you. (I have been using this word everywhere today and I regret nothing.) I have been sitting on this for about a week, which doesn’t sound like long in the grand publishing scheme of things but it felt like a long time. When I submitted to Alternative Stories & Fake Realities’ new audio fiction anthology, Ghostlore—edited by Lyndsey Croal—I tried to convince myself that I didn’t mind if it wasn’t accepted. That was a complete lie. I really wanted this acceptance and luckily for me Lyndsey and the Alternative Stories team loved my little story just as much as I do.

For the first time in my publishing journey, my writing is going to be featured on a podcast—complete with background effects—and I absolutely cannot contain my excitement. I’ve never heard my writing professionally produced and I can’t wait.

“We Cower in a Ruined Castle and Hope Not to Hear a Ghost” is a story about superstition and one of the ghosts that loiters around Dudley castle. It will be featured in Ghostlore Episode 2, Hauntings (trailer and release date to come).

There are several familiar names that I’m thrilled to be sharing a contents list with, the complete line-up sounds incredible. Not to mention that episode 1 features an author whose book is sitting on my shelf right now. A book I adore. (Do I have to keep telling myself to Be Cool, Elou? Yes. Yes, I do.) I would be lying if I said I wasn’t a little bit starstruck.

I can’t wait to share more as and when I can!

The second bit of incredibly exciting news I have to share is that Spirit Machine: Tales of Séance Ficton is fully funded and has been sent off to the printers! Air and Nothingness Press books are always so beautifully produced—and I will say this every time I mention them for the rest of forever. I can’t wait to hold it in my hands.

If you missed the Kickstarter but want a copy, you can still pre-order the anthology from the Air and Nothingness Press website.

Spirit Machine Kickstarter Launch & Pre-Order!

Greetings. It’s been a while! I’ve been busy squirrelling words away for various submission calls and my novel projects, as well as re-opening submissions to Crow & Cross Keys. This year, I’m trying to keep track of how much I’m writing (I’ve never been so excited by a graph), while also submitting more and finishing more. It’s been fun so far—long may it continue.

But that is not the point of this post. Ahem.

It’s that time again! What time? you ask. It’s Kickstarter time!

The Kickstarter for Spirit Machine: Tales of Séance Fiction is now live. Spirit Machine is an anthology collecting 14 new science fiction and 14 new steampunk stories (over 80,000+ words in a 356 page book) that mix those genres with Spiritualism (think séances, mediums, ouija boards, discarnate entities and spirit talking).

Air and Nothingness Press produces beautiful books. They all have gatefolds and lovely velvety covers. I have several Air and Nothingness anthologies on my shelves and I’m so excited to finally be included in one!

Spirit Machine features my glasspunk story “Girl in Glass, Brightly”

It includes:

💡unrequited love
💡glassblowing
💡extracts from a fake textbook
💡awful girls being awful to each other

If you fancy reading a load of great stories that mesh ghosts with technology, you can either back the project on Kickstarter or pre-order from the Air and Nothingness shop!

Grimm & Dread has been announced!

Outside, there’s a chill in the air and the leaves are crisp, so it feels like the perfect time to share some publication news.

My short story, “Become a Flute, Become a Spyglass, Become a Knife”, will be published in Quill & Crow’s Grimm & Dread: a Crow’s Twist on Classic Tales anthology in December.

This story is a loose, gothic retelling of the Grimm tale, “The Singing Bone”.

I am so pleased that I get to share a contents list with another IN SOMNIO alum, Mary Rajotte.

If you want to read some spooky fairy tale re-imaginings, this might be the anthology for you!

Lorelee is out in Seaborne Magazine

Happy Halloween! Today, I have a story out in the brilliant Seaborne Magazine.

“Lorelee” is a story about grief and sea-witches and I’m really rather fond of it.

With each issue, Seaborne donates some of the proceeds to charity. This issue is in support of Surfers Against Sewage.

If you want to read some pretty neat poetry and prose, see the glorious artwork and stunning design, and donate to charity, consider purchasing a copy.

Click here to buy!

Spirit Machine has been announced!

Hello, wonderful creatures!

I am so proud to finally be able to share this news. I’ve been holding it tight for a little while now and it makes me giddy every time I think about it.

My short story “Girl in Glass, Brightly” is to be published in Air and Nothingness Press‘ spooky, exciting 2022 anthology Spirit Machine: Tales of Séance Fiction.

Name a better genre—you can’t, there isn’t one.

“Girl in Glass, Brightly” will appear alongside thirteen other steampunk-esque stories of séance fiction—though I have affectionately dubbed my own ‘glasspunk’—and fourteen works of science fiction.

I am so thrilled to be sharing a contents list again with In Somnio author, Lin Darrow, whose stories always have the most excellent titles.

Air and Nothingness Press is one to look out for—they always have the most wonderful submission calls, and the book design and production is stunning. I cannot wait to get my hands on a copy of Spirit Machine.

In Somnio Author Spotlight & Kickstarter Launch

Hello again, my feathered friends.

I was recently asked to do a little interview with editor Alex Woodroe to celebrate the soon-to-be launch of the IN SOMNIO Kickstarter, which goes live tomorrow! Eek! You can follow it here.

In the interview, I get nerdy about the theatre, tell a slightly embarrassing story about my childhood want of a dog and generally ramble happily about publishing.

Click here to read the interview on the Tenebrous Press website.

But wait, there’s more! I was also asked to record a reading from my story, “Ghost Light”, and I might have gotten a little carried away. If you want to check out the interview first, you can find the reading over there too, but if you just can’t wait…

In Somnio, Modern Gothic Horror Anthology Announced!

Hello, you beautiful creatures. It’s been a while!

Things have been quiet on the publication front but I’ve been madly writing for Camp NaNo for the last few weeks and am twelve thousand words deep into a new project—I am on a roll and I am very excited about it.

However, that is not what this post is about. This post is about In Somnio, an exciting anthology which is launching on Kickstarter very soon and features a story by yours truly. It’s may be my favourite thing I have ever written and I can’t wait to see it in print—it is my ode to theatre and the sea.

From the announcement post of the brilliant Alex Woodroe, who has been charged with editing this beautiful beastie:

Tenebrous Press returns with its next highly anticipated Horror anthology, IN SOMNIO: A Collection of Modern Gothic Horror!

In the hands of Mary Shelley, Daphne Du Maurier and Shirley Jackson, Gothic Horror often explored the bleak shadows of our very homes and the darkest corners of the human mind. It examined themes of madness, personal transformation, phantoms, and the occult.

Drawing inspiration from these original Gothmothers, IN SOMNIO takes those familiar themes and recasts them in a modern light!

This collection features nineteen vibrant, unique stories ranging from deeply intimate one-room settings to sprawling fantasy worlds; from the depths of darkness to comedy and adventure. Each story brings a new perspective on our inherent love of Gothic Horror and what those vital elements of terror still have to say today!

Alex Woodroe

For the teeniest, tiniest preview of my Phantom of the Opera x Waterworld crossbreed:

I can’t wait for you to meet Madrigal and Allegra in all of their glory. If you like gothic horror, the theatre and the sea, you might love this story.

Please consider backing this collection on Kickstarter

This anthology is going to be something really special, packed with a host of wonderful stories and (hopefully) lots of fabulous illustrations. I’m so excited for you to hold it in your hands, and beneath your ribcage.

A Gift, a Witch and a Wakening of Honey in Hexagon

I would be lying if I said I wasn’t really excited about this one. I’ve been keeping track of Hexagon since it’s first issue, which became a home for “Cold Storage” by my good friend and phenomenal writer, Nicholas C. Smith; imagine my excitement when its second issue hit my screen including a story by friend, and Walled Women issue-mate and Apparition Lit flash challenge companion, Taylor Rae—“Benjamin Buckley’s Impossible Menagerie” is a wonder.

Now, I’m so proud to have my own story in issue 4!

“A Gift, a Wish and a Wakening of Honey” is a cosy little story about a witch and a hive of troubled bees, and it might be my favourite of all of my published pieces. (If anyone asks, you didn’t hear it from me.)

You can read it here, and I hope you love it as much as I do!

If you liked the issue, and feel so inclined, please do give it a quick review on goodreads.

Such a Shame published in Walled Women

Today sees the release of Walled Women‘s first issue. When I first wrote “Such a Shame”, I had no idea what to do with it. The opening sentence had haunted me for a while and when I finished writing I was fully prepared for it to be something that just sat in my writing folder.

Then the wonderful Taylor Rae—whose poem “A Little Death” also appears in the issue—shared the submission call for Walled Women and it seemed a little bit like fate for my dark, little flash fic.

You can read “Such a Shame” here.

content warning: implied physical/sexual violence