A good week.
Right, first, I’ve been given permission to announce this: In 2011, my second collection will be released! It will be called Strange Gateways (yes, yes, I know that’s what an earlier collection that never came off was supposed to be called, but I like the name and I came up with it, so I’m damn well keeping it!). It will consist of 11 stories, of which 4 are completely new to print (and 3 previously appeared in Creature Feature, so most of you won’t have read them either – they’ll be slightly reworked and renamed for the PS collection!). The new stories are: Drunk’s Totem, F Bomb, The Hotel Guest and The Seven People You Don’t Meet Today. The reprints it will contain are: Mami Wata (from the Ash Tree Press anthology Exotic Gothic 3, and soon to appear in the Mammoth Book of Best New Horror 21), Knitted Child (from Black Static magazine), A Man of Ice and Sorrow (ibid) andTraffic Stream (from The Black Book of Horror 6) and Morris Expedition, Days Nine and Ten, Implementing the Least Desireable Option and Peek-A-Boo (from Creature Feature). In additional, PS have taken my story Borough Station for their excellent Postscripts magazine. More news on these fabulous developments as I get them…but this does mean that, apart from Tartarus, I have significant publications with the best small presses I know. RESULT!
Other news: I’ve been firming up the contents of the event at the Morecambe Cancer UK shop. A good friend, who has far more experience of public readings than I have, has suggested that two longer stories might be a bit much, so I’ve decided instead to do a longer (and grimmer) story in the first half, and two shorter stories (and probably less intense ones at that!) in the second half. Proposed lineup at this point is:
First Half: A Different Morecambe
Second Half: Scucca and Borough Station
With, of course, refreshments, cupcakes and browsing time in the middle. In terms of chapbooks, I’m thinking that I’ll probably have two or three to sell: Haunting Marley, The Pennine Tower Restaurant and (maybe) Excision, Plastic and Button (all stories in one book). There will also be copies of Lost Places available to buy. Remember, 50% of the profits from all sales of the chapbooks or Lost Places go to the shop – and all purchases can be signed! Incidentally, I have very few Lost Places left, so if you want one, contact me quick… The date of the event is Tuesday August 3rd, 6pm – 8pm – put it in your diaries and come along to have some fun and do some good!
Anything else? No, I think that’s about it, to be honest. I mean, that’s enough, isn’t it? What more do you want? Blood? Back to your lives, Lords and Ladies, I’m done here.