Not too much to report, as things are still quiet on the writing front, although the new anthology from MHB, “Cadence in Decay” is still progressing (as far as I know) and I’ve had some provisional news on a story I submitted to another new forthcoming anthology. This little surreal ditty has, according to the editor, made it to the maybe pile, which is certainly much much better than a rejection. So keep your fingers crossed.
One item of interest for those who may have missed out on any of my stories published by THE HOUSE OF MURKY DEPTHS is, as of right now, you can pick up any two issues for the price of one – that’s two slices of graphically dark anthology mixing prose short stories with comics in a graphic-novel-sized package for the bargain price of £6.99.
So don’t wait. Treat yourself today.
Hey it’s June and, like all the best British summers, it’s raining. But don’t despair – soon you’ll be hearing news about the new anthology from MHB, “Cadence in Decay“.
It’s been awhile since we last spoke about the CID anthology, but rest assured the book is still on target for later this year; I’ve just heard from the editor, Ty Schwamberger, that already half the interior black & white illustrations are complete, along with the full colour art for the cover. Once the lettering has been completed on the cover I should have a copy to post for you all to check out.
I have, at long last, left notepad and native html behind, moved hosting and embraced fully this newfangled WordPress thing everyone keeps telling me about.
So, without further ado, here’s the new site – same as the old site, just, well, a little different.
Check back and I’ll post things for you to read and marvel at.
All the very best and thanks for reading,
It’s December and the festive season is once more upon us. I hope you’ve all been good boys and girls this year and have written your letters to Santa? You don’t want to wake up Christmas morning to an empty space under the tree when you could have a big pile of books to unwrap. Also, remember to save a few of your hard-earned pennies for the New Year, as I have a story due out in a new anthology from the wonderful MHB Press, edited by Ty Schwamberger, and featuring tales from some of the best genre authors around.
CADENCE IN DECAY is due early 2012 and, to whet your appetite, here is the table of contents:
- RICOCHET by J.F. Gonzalez
- WAR OF THE WORLDS FEVER DREAM by Weston Ochse
- UNKNOWN CALLER by Michael West
- CACOPHONY by Adam P. Lewis
- BREAKING UP by Ramsey Campbell
- DEAD CACHE by Mike Oliveri
- PATIENCE by Skip Novak
- WAR IS OVER by Gary Braunbeck
- DIALING THE DEAD by James A. Moore
- COMMUNICATION BREAKDOWN by Maurice Broaddus
- TERMINAL POINT OF ADDICTION by Ian R. Faulkner (that’s me)
- THE CHRISTMAS CALLER by Jack Ketchum
- SPENCER WEAVER GETS REBOOTED by Thomas A. Erb
- TIN CANS by Jeff Strand
- THE TALKING DEAD by Tim Waggoner
Best wishes and a very merry Christmas,
Bad news for the month of November, as Murky Depths is closing up shop with the publication of issue #18. You can read the official announcement from Terry Martin, editor and publisher, over at his blog lucifal.wordpress. However, in a nutshell, whilst The House of Murky Depths will continue to publish paperbacks and graphic novels, the magazine has shut up its shutters and locked its doors and this is sad, sad news – I mean, it’s always a black day when a genre magazine shuts up shop (there aren’t that many left now as it is) but MD was special and it will be missed.
I had three stories published by Terry since Murky Depths was launched back in 2007 (SPEAK ILL OF THE DEAD, which appeared in issue #3; THE OTHER SIDE OF LIFE, which appeared in issue #10; and VALERIA, which appeared in issue #16) and I am, and always will be, very grateful to Terry and Murky Depths.
All the best,
I’ve no actual new news, as things have been pretty quiet around here for the last couple of months, although the Mansion House project is still underway and expected sometime early 2012.
CADENCE IN DECAY is being put together by author and editor Ty Schwamberger and is being published as a signed, limited edition hardcover by Mansion House Books Press. It will feature stories from:
That’s it for now. Have a great Halloween.
All the best,
As a special treat for the month I have now added a new section to my site entitled Free Stuff. This page contains, well, free stuff, and my plan for this page is to continually post freebee versions of some of my more out of circulation stories. The first up is THE RUSALKA, which made its debut back in 2007, although this version has been heavily edited and rewritten for your reading pleasure. Please feel free to check it out and let me know what you think. And then, if you have an urge to read the original (and, of course, all the other wonderful stories featured alongside my own), you can pick up a copy of the anthology LOST INNOCENCE from Amazon for a little over £7.00 – just check out the reviews below:
- This is a great anthology of dark fantasy/horror from this up and coming magazine… a sweet (and sour) little treat for the lover of the macabre.
- This is an outstanding collection of stories from issues 1-4 of Niteblade Magazine chosen by readers. There are 13 chilling stories and poems that will keep you at the edge of your seat!
Also this month I found a mini review of my short story VALERIA (Murky Depths #16) from the author Alan Baxter. Mr. B stated that VALERIA was “… a dark, violent cyberpunk noir tale. Gritty and clever, and quite disturbing….” which is nice.
Not much more to tell at the moment, other than to remind you to pick up a copy of WATCH from IPP, assuming you haven’t already, and to keep your eyes peeled for more news on my involvement in the MHB anthologyCADENCE IN DECAY.
All the best,
he wait is over: WATCH is here and is available right now from Imprint Phoenix Publishing as a limited edition paperback.
This chilling collection of the macabre is a grisly exploration of the darker aspects of voyeurism and it contains fifteen deliciously dark tales from the likes of:
- William Meikle,
- Bob Freeman,
- David Jeffery;
- Ian Faulkner;
- Daniel I. Russell;
- Rhys Hughes;
- Ian R. Faulkner (that’s me);
- Peter Mark May;
- Meghan Smith;
- Patt Mihailoff;
- Tom Mason;
- Stephanie Villalpando;
- Lou Gharr;
- Michael Rose.
For those buyers in the US, you can order a copy by clicking here:
For buyers outside the US, please click this option:
Don’t delay: click the appropriate button today!
Remember, WATCH features my WW2 voyeuristic horror story, THROUGH THE NIGHT INTO THE HANDS OF THE PURE, which is, in my opinion, one of the best things I have written, and which is, in the words of the editor, “…an incredible tale that will leave the reader with a chill and a lasting memory long after the last page has been turned….”
When you pick up your copy, which you can do today, hopefully, you will think so too.
All the best and keep reading,
Remember my cryptic news from way back in June – specifically where I hinted at the fact I’d had a story accepted for inclusion in a very special, limited edition anthology? You do? Well, as the contracts have been signed and the book has been officially announced by the editor and publisher, I can now tell you a little more about this exciting project.
The title of the anthology is CADENCE IN DECAY and it is currently scheduled for release in early 2012. It’s been put together by author and editor, Ty Schwamberger, and is being published as a signed, limited edition hardcover by the wonderful Mansion House Books Press. MHB Press/Hard Gore Press is a UK based publisher who has, over the last couple of years, specialized in the publication of some of the most beautifully bound and put together, signed limited editions on the market. And, now, I’m going to be in one. Wow!
But that’s not all, as my fellow contributors are some of the most talented writers in the horror genre, and I feel truly honored to be sharing a space between the covers of CADENCE IN DECAY with the likes of: Wrath James White, J.F. Gonzalez, Mike Oliveri, Tim Waggoner, Thomas A. Erb, Maurice Broaddus, James A. Moore, Deborah LeBlanc, Skip Novak, Jeff Strand, Ramsey Campbell, Gary Braunbeck, Weston Ochse, and, last but not least by any stretch of the imagination, Michael West.
And talking of talented people, I recently heard from the editor of the forthcoming WATCH anthology due from Imprint Phoenix Publishing and it seems the book is now mere days from being let loose upon the unsuspecting public. So, save up your pennies and keep your eyes peeled – it won’t be long now.
All the best,
A nice little review of Murky Depths issue #16 by Gareth D Jones over atsfcrowsnest.com, in which he states that issue #16 may well be the darkest yet, with “death and depravity forming an atmospheric backdrop to many of the stories”.
He also states that VALERIA is a “disturbing and gritty portrayal of the depravity that technology enables” and he deems it an “interesting blend of old-fashioned cop and hi-tech degeneracy”.
This view is echoed by Sam Tomaino over at sfrevu.com, and who states that issue #16 is another great issue and that VALERIA is an “edgy tale of horror” that provides a nasty ride for its police officer protagonist.
Please checkout Murky Depths and pick up a copy. Issue #16 is still available from all the usual suspects, both on line and in the high street, and I promise you: you won’t be disappointed – as Mr. Jones states, Murky Depths “… is a magazine that demands to be read”.