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My Alchemical Romance and More Love for Body Shocks

It’s that time of year again — when horror is in the air. If you’re looking for something creepy to read, which happens to include fiction by yours truly, there’s Body Shocks, which Sadie Hartmann has praised on Tor Nightfire, … Continue reading

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Body Shocks Book Birthday

Birth is a subject ripe for body horror. Take The Brood or Demon Seed or Rosemary’s Baby. It has become customary in these times to refer to the publication date of one’s book as ‘book birthday’, and today is the … Continue reading

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Shock Your Body!

Edited by the award-winning Ellen Datlow, with a cover to die for by John Coulthard and a list of authors on the TOC that reads like a Who’s Who of horror, Body Shocks: Extreme Tales of Body Horror, looks set … Continue reading

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Home is Where the Horror Is

I’m not in the habit of reviewing anthologies that feature my own fiction. It can be somewhat embarrassing to compare the quality of one’s own contribution to that of the others in a multi-author volume, but I couldn’t help noticing … Continue reading

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Between a Castle Rock and a Hard Place

Supernatural horror is a speculative genre that tends to side-step the need for extensive world-building by situating its other-worldly elements in the real one. There is however a strong tradition in weird fiction of fictional towns and regions with murky … Continue reading

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Blogvent Calendar Day 25: It’s Christmas!!! Also known as the Eve of St. Stephen’s Day…

And now the moment you’ve all been waiting for! The final blood-chilling episode of my folk horror tale ‘The Cutty Wren’, about a peculiar ritual of Saint Stephen’s Day. Just to recap, in Part One, Professor Jenny Underwood had a … Continue reading

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Blogvent Calendar Day 24: A Nightmare Before Christmas

I wouldn’t have relished the job of wrapping George IV’s Christmas presents if they were like this. Trying to wrap a giraffe — now that would be a real nightmare before Christmas! Yet this is precisely what the Pasha of … Continue reading

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Blogvent Calendar Day 23: John Barleycorn’s Vengeance

…Or to put it another way, here’s the blood-curdling conclusion to the tale of terror I’ve been serialising in this Blogvent Calendar, ‘Jim Bloom’s Van’. If you enjoyed this story, you may like to read the collection it’s from: Last … Continue reading

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Blogvent Calendar Day 22: Finch’s Five-Fold Festive Fears!

Paul Finch was kind enough to give me a copy of the Audible version of The Christmas You Deserve, his quintet of festive novella-length terror tales, allowing me the excuse for the above quintuple dose of alliteration worthy of a … Continue reading

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Blogvent Calendar Day 21: Creep into Christmas…

And now, with the winter Solstice upon us, here’s the conclusion of my ghost story, ‘Creeping Forth Upon Their Hands’. If you missed the first one, it’s in the previous post. As you can see there’s a Christmas tree to … Continue reading

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