Welcome to My Website
Here you'll find announcements of forthcoming publications and publicity events, news about my current writing projects, a feed from my journal, a bookstore with links to my ebooks, story collections and anthologies, plus some downloadable content you won't find anywhere else.
If you enjoy exploring this site, please leave a comment and come back soon – I'll be updating it regularly.
Most recent update: News items below (4 April 2014).
Walking to Post Two Scripts
4 April 2014
PS Publishing have announced in their weekly newsletter that they'll be publishing my pair of linked short stories A Walk in the Woods and A Walk in the Rain in issue 34/35 of the Postscripts anthology series, which should be out later this year. I already knew about these acceptances (from June 2012), but when you see the line-up for that issue, you'll know why I'm so pleased. The wait is always worth it.
A Walk in the Woods was originally published in Interzone (2003).
4 April 2014
My short story Touching Distance is now available to purchase in epub format for $0.99 from Smashwords and Barnes & Noble's on-line store. It should appear at Kobo eventually and iTunes sometime before the heat death of the universe. If you like creepy tales that mix horror and science fiction, this might be just the thing for you.
Touching Distance was originally published in issue 7 of Postscripts (PS Publishing) and received an Honorable Mention in Datlow et al's Year's Best Fantasy & Horror for 2006.
28 March 2014
I've dropped the price of the Kindle edition of Moondust Memories to $2.99 (+taxes) on Amazon.com and £1.86 on Amazon.co.uk, with equivalent reductions at other branches of Amazon.
For those of you waiting for the long-promised print edition, I'm still working on it. There are problems with getting the cover formatted correctly. There'll be more news as and when my tame artist and I make progress.
That Was the Year That Was...
31 December 2013
This year I received first-time acceptances from Nature Futures (Bee Futures, published), Plasma Frequency Magazine (Warbling Their Way to War, published), Neo-opsis (In Every Dream Home, forthcoming) and Kzine (Time to Play, forthcoming). On the reprint front, there were acceptances from Hellfire Crossroads (Extra Time, published), Revista Nautilus (Dark, They Were, and Strange Inside, translated into Romanian and published) and Internova (Star in a Glass, forthcoming). Quite a good haul, all things considered.
2014 should see a few more stories published from that set. Also, A Walk in the Woods (reprint) and A Walk in the Rain should appear in Postscripts.
Focus on Self-Publishing
29 December 2013
If you're a member of the British Science Fiction Association please look out for a article I wrote about my experiences of self-publishing (or more accurately self-reprinting) in the current issue of Focus, the BSFA's writers' magazine. This issue's theme is self-publishing and publishing in the small presses. Here's a brief excerpt from my article:
So ... has my attempt to establish a back catalogue been worth the effort? Yes, unquestionably — because it‘s a big thrill to find out that someone you don‘t know not only bought your ebook but liked it enough to write a 5 star review. And in the end, people matter a lot more than sales, a point exemplified by my realisation that the greatest pleasure I‘ve experienced during my e-publishing venture has been the opportunity to work with my close friend, Tony Hughes. Originally I planned to create ebook covers using stock art. Over a curry, Tony offered to paint one for my first, Alternate Apollos. I was amazed by the results. Since then, Tony has supplied the cover art for all of my ebooks.
23 November 2013
You see those books over there? They exist because I watched Doctor Who as a child. I have never lost the magical feeling it induced in me: that anything is possible; that I can travel anywhere and anywhen in my head.
Happy 50th Birthday to Doctor Who.
Other Recent News
13 November 2013
I'm pleased to announce that Moondust Memories, a collection of eleven of my personal favourites from my published SF stories, was published in a Kindle edition today. Moondust Memories is available to purchase from Amazon.com and Amazon.co.uk, also from other branches of Amazon. These stories were originally published in noted magazines and anthologies, including Postscripts, Nature Futures, End of an Aeon and Music for Another World.
Coming Soon on Kindle
11 November 2013
Moondust Memories, a collection featuring eleven of my published SF stories.
Now Playing Forever
22 October 2013
Hellfire Crossroads Vol.1 has reprinted my short fantasy story Extra Time. The magazine can be downloaded as a free PDF or the Kindle version can be purchased for a nominal amount from Amazon.