Sunday, August 12, 2012

Moving House (So to Speak)

So, this is a thing:  That thing being my new, slick, professional looking 'proper author's blog'. I've been blogging there for about a week (meaning there's a week of posts for you to enjoy, btw) just to sort of give it a whirl, test out the widgets and such, but I'm pretty happy with it. is a fairly streamlined little site, as you'll notice. The posts will also be of a different quality than what you're used to from this blog. It was recently pointed out to me by several friends that my current authorial web-space is distinctly lacking in--well--interesting stuff, interviews and odds and ends aside. This is mainly because (a) I'm lazy and (b) I'm lazy. It's not because I don't have opinions or interesting things to say (the latter is debatable, mind). I just haven't. This site's sort of lackadaisical atmosphere is a result of said laziness.

But, frankly, I can't afford to be lazy anymore. I've got a second, a third AND a fourth book coming out in the next eight to ten months, I've got more than twenty short stories due to be published in various anthologies and magazines, with more novels and short stories to come (hopefully; buy books, please). I needed something a bit slicker and more streamlined, with fewer distracting colours/pictures/posting annoyances both for myself and the folks who visit this site regularly (including, say, editors who might want to give me work. That was btw. I'm available for bar mitzvahs and birthdays.). will have more content and less fluff. I won't be posting word counts and writing updates with any regularity, save on occasional 'WIP Wednesdays', but I will be sharing my opinion more often and going into my writing a bit more. I've had a 100+ short stories will be hearing about all of them. At length. Shameless self-promotion will continue unabated, and indeed will likely increase as I remind you of old things published long ago and explain why you should buy them. Also, reviews. Probably. I read a lot of books and listen to a lot of things, so yeah. There'll probably be reviews as well, albeit brief ones. Capsule reviews. Micro-reviews. People are interested in what I read, right?

All of the SHAKING THE SIX DEMON BAG interviews will eventually migrate, and new ones will hopefully be added because I enjoy those and they're some of the most viewed posts on the blog, so obviously others do as well.

What won't be changing? That sucker's only getting more attention, more posts, more free stuff! In fact, I will be talking about incessantly in the coming weeks at Fair warning.

I hope those of you who follow this blog will follow (how many times is that? Five? Six? How many times does it take for something to stick in the subconscious?). If not, thanks for following this blog. I'll keep it up as long as I can be bothered, which is likely until spambots begin showing up in military campaign type-numbers, so feel free to visit and flip through the old posts.

And that's that. Follow along to when you can. I'm taking the light with me.

Thursday, August 2, 2012

Thursday Stuff

It's a mish-mash sort of day as I plough through edits to Road of Skulls. The edits are moving as slowly and as steadily as I can get away with; I'm of a mind to make every book better (for a given value of better) than the one before it, time permitting, and slow and steady is the way to go about it, in my opinion. Too, it's not so much about word-count anymore, which is a relief.

Thus, bits of news rather than any 'for reals' content today; first up, my story "The Artist as Wolf", previously published in the Pill Hill Press anthology, Leather, Denim & Silver, will be getting reprinted sometime next year by the magazine Monomyth.  Which is a nice thing, obviously.

Over at IT'S CLOBBERIN' TIME, I reviewed the first issue of Bob Freeman's Occult Detective Illustrated. Reader's Digest version: it's pretty good, actually.

My foray into the pulp-tastic world of the Executioner is up for pre-order on Amazon, should you be into the men's adventure thing.

Over at his site, Derrick Ferguson has posted an excerpt from his half of our forthcoming collaborative novel, The Vril Agenda. 

Oh, and fellow BL-author Sarah Cawkwell is holding a contest, set to close tomorrow. Why not check that out, hmm?

I think that's enough for today, don't you?

Monday, July 30, 2012

Monday Mad Moggy

The cat bumped my arm while I was shaving this morning. That's how my day started off, with blood and curses and utterly unconcerned chat provocateurs. Not entirely auspicious, I admit, but I'm working through it.

I mentioned on Friday that I sold two more stories at the tail-end of last week, one to the Gumshoe Mystery Review and the other to Pro Se Presents, which is all I'm going to say about that, at the moment. I'm quite pleased with both of these, so I'm quite chipper on this Monday morning, which is good because, y'know, edits.

Speaking of recently sold shorts, the TOC of the October issue of the Lovecraft eZine (which includes my story, "The Gotterdammerung Gavotte"), is progressing nicely, and, apparently, Trent Zelazny, Roger Zelazny's son, will be doing the introduction! How's that for neat? And, while we're on the subject of the Lovecraft eZine, have you checked out the most recent issue? Plenty of good stories (and free to boot) in there.

And finally, over at today, there's a pretty neat episode of the television show Monsters, featuring everyone's favourite enemy of evil, John Thunstone. And after you check that out, why not take a look at the excerpt from "The Artist as Wolf", or, even better, a whole story, for free?

Friday, July 27, 2012

'Sure-footed From the Opening...'

That'd be a line related to my story, "The Devil's Crater", from William Maynard's quite positive review of Tales from the Hanging Monkey, over at the Black Gate Magazine blog. If you're interested in giving the anthology a look-see (and after a review like that, why wouldn't you?), you can purchase your copy from Indy Planet.

I got some good news (well, two bits of good news, really) in today's barrage of e-mail (by barrage I mean the five or six e-mails awaiting me when I sit down with my morning coffee), about two submissions which I'll share at a later date (next week). Too, according to Duotrope, my acceptance rate for short stories this year is fifty-three percent, which is both amazing and great. So really, Friday is starting out nicely.

Also, the Olympics began today or yesterday, I forget which. I don't actually care, but I thought I'd mention it. For posterity's sake. Glad I'm living in Sheffield, 's all I'm going to say. 

Yesterday was all about getting on the phone with the Queen-Editor about edits to Project: Scenic Route or, as some may know it, Road of Skulls. Said edits involve re-writes, because good edits ALWAYS involve re-writes of some description, which I will be commencing next week-ish. I love editing; have I mentioned that before? I'm a 'loves having written, not writing' sort of guy, so edits feel more like work to me. Like I'm making actual progress as opposed to simply slapping words on a blank page. I love making changes, revising, polishing, re-writing a completed manuscript. Especially after not having looked at it for five weeks. Makes me feel all professional and what not. 

Also yesterday, I completed the first pass at "The Babel Stone" which was nice. The story wound up being a bit of a loose nod to Borges' "Tlon, Uqbar, Orbis Tertius", which is one of my favourite Borges stories (remind me, sometime, to talk about how much I freakin' love Borges), next to "The Book of Sand" and "There Are More Things". Not in the same league, obviously, but I like to give credit where it's due. 

Speaking of credit, Andrew Leman and the guys at the HP Lovecraft Literary Podcast produced a dang fine reading of "The Haunter of the Dark", didn't they? 


Wednesday, July 25, 2012

WIP is the Best Wednesday

Today is another day for editing. I'm an editing fool this week, cutting, snipping, shuffling, deleting and all that jazz. Sometimes writing isn't so much about putting new words down as it is about taking the old words and making them sound better. Murder your darlings and then hack up the remains and play mix-n-match like an alcoholic Dr. Frankenstein.

Yesterday, I was sent and subsequently completed the edits for Project: Untold Tales, and today is all about the edits for the infinitely more pesky Project: QMVL, which is, as my editor put it, one to 'really engage the thinking muscles' of the reader. Which means instead of just clipping and snipping, I've got to clarify, classify and codify as well. More words rather than less, basically.

In other WIP news, I'm burning through "The Babel Stone", a new St. Cyprian short story featuring a gentleman's club gone mad, ancient artefacts and an eldritch entity that devours language. If you have no idea what that's about or why I mention it like it's a thing, feel free to read "Wendy-Smythe's Worm", a free St. Cyprian story.

Speaking of free short stories, have you read "The Mechanical Heart of Him" by Cate Gardner yet? You really should. How about "Station Waiting Room" by Simon Kurt Unsworth? Or the latest instalment of "The Lost Wife of Thomas Tan" by Jim Beard? And, lest we forget, "The Performance" by Silvia Moreno-Garcia.

Never say I didn't give you nothing.

Monday, July 23, 2012

Invisible Monday Horse...

...refers, of course, to this. One of a number of things which I classify as 'the best thing ever'. Donald Pleasence wouldn't have been my first choice for the role, but damn if he doesn't play a wonderful Carnacki, bringing a bit of outrĂ© intensity to the role.

After you finish watching that, why not read this?  Also, if you're of the authorial persuasion, check this out-Abaddon Books (of Pax Britannia fame) is preparing to open a one month submissions window for novellas.

Speaking of authors, I'm an author. And I've spent the morning editing two stories, "Pittailiniq" (Inuit angakkuq Vs zombies) and "The Romero Transference" (1950s Lovecraftian story involving secret experiments, the Pnakotic manuscripts, and atomic tests). Now that they've been safely submitted, I'm moving on to "The Babel Stone", which involves illicit artifact smuggling and language-eating eldritch entities. Which is as much fun writing as it sounds.

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Wednesday Worm Turns

Only a brief bit of blather today, as I'm busy with "The Yoth Protocols" and other, less squamous, projects.

Part the third of "Wendy-Smythe's Worm" is now live for your reading pleasure and I encourage you to check it out, at your convenience. Cars are crushed and party-goers threatened in this, the final instalment of a three part epic of ophidian proportions.

On the subject of the Royal Occultist, the Lovecraft eZine has purchased "The Gotterdammerung Gavotte" for their upcoming Roger Zelazny tribute issue. For those keeping track, that makes twelve St. Cyprian stories sold and, with "Wendy-Smythe's Worm", makes for thirteen total in almost two years. Which is pretty neat, I think.