How hard has it been not to talk about this? Really quite hard. Introducing The Hellebore Guide To Occult Britain, a true labour of love exploring castles, museums and manor houses, megaliths, moors, mountains and lakes. This lavishly illustrated travel guide covers the rich history of magic and the occult in Britain and its inextricable bond with the landscape.
Having grown up on the legendary Reader’s Digest book of Folklore, Myths and Legends – terrifying myself with those illustrations – to contribute to a project like this was a dream come true.
I’ll be at MCM Comic Con on Friday the 22nd of October, talking ghost stories with Tiffani Angus, R.A. Williams, and Kim Newman! Come and say hi. We’ll be signing books at the Forbidden Planet stand afterwards.
Throughout October, I’ll be posting spooky shorts on Patreon for my $1 patrons. Patreon is the main way I make money from my writing, so if you’ve ever wanted to check out my patron-only archives, $1 a month is a wonderful way to support me. You’ll also get a signed bookmark.
Games of cards that usher in cloven-footed strangers. Runic inscriptions that conjure up demons. A communal warning uttered every Bonfire Night.
I’m thrilled as always to contribute to Hellebore, particularly in time for Halloween. My piece, Conjuring The Cunning Man, follows the strange afterlife of an Essex folk hero known to his neighbours as ‘The Old Bastard’.
It’s here! Thank you to everyone who backed the Kickstarter. Unsung Stories raised a fine sum for Together For Mental Wellbeing. All royalties will continue to go to the charity, so if you missed the fundraising campaign, there’s still time to grab a paperback or an ebook.
Unsung Stories are back with another superb anthology of modern speculative fiction. Get behind the Kickstarter for paperbacks, ebooks, and exclusive extras including professional manuscript evaluations. Out Of The Darkness is published in partnership with Together for Mental Wellbeing, a cause close to my own heart, and all the more important in the wake of the pandemic. ‘Together’ was founded in 1979, and aims to help people with mental health issues lead independent, fulfilling lives as part of their communities.
I’ve donated a story to the collection. The Forlorn Hope follows Matilda Cross, a solider all too keen to be sent far from her home. Fighting a war against supernatural creatures is far easier than dwelling on her mother’s paranoia and eventual disappearance, and the mounting fear that her mother’s destiny will be her own. All the while Matilda is rallying her troops and keeping her rifle clean, she isn’t thinking about the letters piling up from Lady Amelia Fitzmichael, the old flame who watches her from afar ‘with a million eyes’.
Pledge £20 and get a paperback of both Out Of The Darkness and my novel Pseudotooth.