Published: The Second Christmas Book Of Ghosts

The Second Christmas Book Of Ghosts, edited by Michael S Collins and published by the Other Side Books [External Link] became available on Thursday 14th December, 2017.

This anthology is available in ebook formats only and direct from the publisher (follow the link above) or from Amazon. The Amazon.co.uk link is here: [External Link]

All monies paid will go to Chest Heart and Stroke Scotland [External Link].

My offering is actually a reprint – The Girl From Yesterday, previously published by the Ranfurly Review, back in December 2007. There is a background post here.

Short story, horror

Black Dogs (Flash)

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“It wasn’t Churchill that came up with calling depression the Black Dog, you know,” the concierge says. “It was Samuel Johnson and he was from nearby, from Lichfield.”

I picture a thickset, barking Staffie. I still feel upset that anyone could associate black dogs and depression. I suspect dogs are more likely to suffer depression than dole it out.

The concierge continues, “I like to think he … Continue reading

Me, you and the dog, too (Flash)

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I came back and you were in a bad way, which I guess is only to be expected with the news you’d just had. I could barely look at you because the thing I always loved about you was gone. Your smile is rare but you always – well, almost always – have those lines at either side of your mouth that suggest you’re amused by everything. … Continue reading

World Tree (Flash x 4)

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As Man got older and his children grew up and had their own, he grew to resent the gods and their rule over his life more and more.

“How is it that they are forever young while I age and fade away?” he asked. “How is this fair?”

The unfairness of it sat so bitterly in his stomach that he was unable to eat or sleep … Continue reading

Divine Twins (Flash x 4)

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They say the first beings in the world were the Weavers, although they didn’t have their forms – because no story exists without a beginning, a middle and an end, and the world cannot exist without a before, a during and an after. But the first two forms were the Divine Twins made of Air and Water. No-one knows who made them or what came before. … Continue reading

Published: Fool If You Think It’s Over

Fox Spirit Books [External Link] published Fool If You Think It’s Over (in paperback) on Sunday 29th January, 2017. You can buy copies from Amazon.co.uk here: [External Link] (Or your local version, just look the title up – if you have no objections to Amazon)

When the Kindle format is available, I’ll but a link to Amazon.co.uk here (Other Amazon sites are available…)

Goodreads page here: [External Link]

Booklikes page here: [External Link]

Novel, horror / dark fantasy (in the Fur-Skins world)

The Secret Ingredient (Flash)

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Rob inherited his family’s failing dairy farm sometime in our university drunken haze years. He was one of those that fell by the wayside in our quest for meaningful adulthood in the city – any city. Lilla grew up to be a journalist. She’d fallen into working at some barely existent magazine while trying to get her dream job in publishing. She didn’t get the dream job … Continue reading

Once, Upon Reflection (Flash)

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Once, I knew a girl who didn’t like mirrors.

She told me so, apologetically, when I brought her back to my room. I dragged the throw Mum had given me from under the single bed and covered the mirror that came with the room.

“It’s okay,” I said, trying to be reassuring. “Lots of people find their reflection disconcerting.”

She frowned at me. “It’s not that.”

“Sure … Continue reading

Insomnia (Flash)

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Laurie never did sleep well – and she always manages to disturb me when she’s restless. I’ve never been sure whether or not she does it on purpose. So tonight is a night like any other, then, with me dragged from the warm and comfortable bed by the creak of floorboards under her pacing feet.

I say nothing, not even wiping the early stages of sleep from … Continue reading

Published: African Monsters (Fox Spirit Book of Monsters 2)

Fox Spirit Books [External Link] published African Monsters on Tuesday 15th December, 2015. This very special book is only available as a paperback through Amazon. The Amazon.co.uk link is here: [External Link] (Just look the title up in your more local version, if you have no objections to Amazon and aren’t in the UK.)

Goodreads page here: [External Link]

Anthology, horror / dark fantasy