Hobson & Choi dark-comedy crime books!covered at some length on their own dedicated page, but they're good fun.
Cases include crooked social media agencies, evil recruitment consultants, deadly shopping centres and all sorts of modern-mafia nightmares. Oh, and Choi has some serious teenage angst as well - like, more than many teenagers.
Anthology appearances for sale!
An anthology from Grayhaven Comics collecting a range of stories by new and upcoming creators, all playing off the general theme of NOIR. Expect desperation, crime and suits.
My story is a four-pager called The Case Study with lovely at by Patrick "Podge" Daly and lettered/edited by Marc Lombardi, which takes noir away from the mafia and on to a whole new group of men in suits: corporate executives. Also features: amusing Powerpoint slides. You can see more details and a brief art preview here.
An anthology from Seventh Star Press focusing on the dark side of fairies. Yes, it's not all Tinkerbell, some of them are right bastards.
My specific story is called The Fool And His Money and works off the following premise: remember when the financial crash happened and everyone was talking about bankers spending money which didn't really exist. Where did that money come from? Evil fairies, obviously.
My story The Violet Curse appears in Hero's Best Friend, an anthology from Seventh Star Press devoted to animal companions of all shapes, sizes and species.
In my piece, a loyal dog tries to help her fantasy hero owner save the day, only to find she might be his undoing. It's all very classic-fantasy big-magic.
An assorted fiction anthology from Deserted By Dignity, featuring my story Blood Will Stream. An early high-watermark in my writing and one of the first works that I've finished and truly loved. It's about a woman called Amy who agrees to stream the murder of her boyfriend. But... why?
There's a short preview up on the publisher's website, if you like to try before you buy. Be warned, though: it is very short.
Yes, horror with a message! Murder with a point! Soup of Souls is an anthology from Panic Press, and is all about making the world better with carnage. Maybe.
My story is called 1,000,000 and, to be honest, it is ridiculous and probably not the finest and most thematically rich thing I've ever written. Lots of corpses. Seriously, LOADS. Kinda fun though.
Online free material!
- My mid-length paranoia piece The Introvert, appearing on the Goldsmiths Goldfish anthology.
- Short story Roof Puncher on the Suburban Fool site.
- My story The Soul Cost, representing Brixton on the Urban Story project.
- Short story Low on With Painted Words.
- Not on an external website and not a prose story, but this short comic strip about cats is also fun. Art by Aaron Bir.
- And you can read a fair few quickie flash stories I've written under the FridayFlash tag on this very blog. Quality more variable than the other items on this page, but there's some good moments in there.
- Do you speak Dutch? Here's my flash story "Time-Lapsed" in SLANG magazine, translated by Marlies Kok. If you do not speak Dutch (like me), you can read the English original here.
Blogging about the work of others!
- Various TV blogs on The Digital Fix
- Finicky TV reviews on Dork Adore
- Blogs about all kinds of geeky cultural things on Many A True Nerd
- A Sherlock guest post on Dolly Mix
- A few pieces on For Books' Sake, namely In The Shadow Of Gotham review, Banned Books post on Aldous Huxley, Bad Blood by Lorna Sage review and review of Darling by Jackie Kay.
If you can remember any of my own work that I've forgotten to include, let me know. My memory sometimes lapses.