The Others of Edenwell

I’m thrilled to announce that my folk horror novel, The Others of Edenwell, will be published by Titan on the 4th of July 2023.

I can’t wait to take you back to 1917 and introduce you to Freddie, Eustace, and Drummerboy.

A dark spirit haunts an isolated Norfolk retreat in this unsettling and sinister historical horror set in the early 1900s, perfect for readers of Michelle Paver, Silvia Moreno-Garcia and Andrew Michael Hurley.

Norfolk, 1917. Unable to join the army due to a heart condition, Freddie lives and works with his father in the grounds of the Edenwell Hydropathic, a wellness retreat in the Norfolk broads. Preferring the company of birds – who talk to him as one of their own – over the eccentric characters who live in the spa, bathing in its healing waters, Freddie overhears their premonitions of murder.

Eustace Moncrieff is a troublemaker, desperate to go to war and leave behind his wealthy family. Shipped to Edenwell by his mother to keep him safe from the horrors of the trenches, he strikes up a friendship with Freddie at the behest of Doctor Chalice, the American owner of the Hydropathic.

As the two friends grow closer and grapple with their demons, they discover a body, and something terrifying stalking the woods. The dark halls of the spa are breached, haunted by the woodland beast, and the boys soon realise that they may be the only things standing between this monster and the whole of Edenwell.

Happy news all round

Thanks to all your kind pledges, CloisterFox Zine is fully funded. What’s more, Indiegogo has made the campaign In Demand, which means that even though it’s officially ended, you can still pledge. So if you’re only just hearing about the zine and want to grab an enamel pin or pre-order a copy, it’s not too late!

We’re looking at April 2022 for publishing issue one. Stay informed by following CloisterFox on Twitter or backing the Indiegogo.

In other news, my story The Forlorn Hope has been longlisted for the British Science Fiction Association’s 2021 awards. I’m thrilled that it’s struck a chord with people. The anthology it appears in – Out Of The Darkness – is still raising funds for Together For Mental Wellbeing and is well worth a punt.

Tick tock

It’s the final week of the CloisterFox fundraiser. This is your last chance to help launch my new bi-annual zine of British speculative fiction.

CloisterFox will be hosting these six superb writers in the first issue in April 2022:

Robert Shearman (We All Hear Stories in the Dark)

Dan Carpenter (Year’s Best Weird Fiction, Year’s Best Dark Fantasy & Horror)

Ally Wilkes (All The White Spaces)

Natasha Kindred (How The Email Found Me)

Ch?k?d?l? Emel?mad? (Dazzling)

David Hartley (Fauna, Incorcisms)

We have some tempting rewards for our backers, including paperbacks, huge ebook bundles, an enamel pin, and one remaining short story critique. We hope you’ll back the campaign and share the link. See you in April!

New perks!

The CloisterFox Zine fundraiser is a whisper shy of 50% funded. What a campaign it’s been so far. I’m so grateful to you all for you support.

We have an exciting new perk for fans of speculative fiction. Dan Coxon has kindly offered up the entire back catalogue of his strange fiction anthology The Shadow Booth in ebook formats. For £20, you get all 4 Shadow Booths, my novella Beauty Secrets of The Martyrs, and Issue 1 of CloisterFox.

That’s 56 unsettling short stories and a whole novella for £20! So if you haven’t pledged yet, (or you fancy pledging again!), there’s a wealth of dark treats awaiting you.

Introducing CloisterFox

Hello, friends. I have something to confess.

In an act of what may prove to be utter recklessness, I’m chasing a dream of mine and launching a short story zine.

I’m proud to introduce CloisterFox, a British speculative fiction zine. Every six months, I aim to release six captivating, genre-bending short stories in an A5 perfect bound volume, richly illustrated, ideal for throwing in your bag.

I want to publish stories that creep uninvited along quiet corridors. Stories missed by shoppers hurrying by. Secrets, miracles, universes behind locked tenement doors. Ghosts and gallows. The dress in the attic as seen through a haze of neon. Tell me things I don’t know. Tell me the dreams you can’t forget. Tell me strange things.

CloisterFox will be hosting these six superb writers in the first issue:

I have the time, the contacts, and the experience to make this work. I just need the money. As of today, I’m crowdfunding the project using Indiegogo. You can now pre-order an ebook or a paper zine, grab an enamel pin, or get your short stories professionally critiqued at a bargain price. There’s even the option to have a character named after you in my next novel, and I promise it won’t be anyone too evil.

Don’t fancy a reward? You can just throw us a tip and watch us turn in into a high-quality zine. And please consider sharing the project around. Zines survive on word of mouth! CloisterFox is on Instagram and Twitter, and we’re so grateful for your support and excited to see where this project will take us.

The Hellebore Guide to Occult Britain

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.

Pre-order now.