It began in 1914, as a four-legged nightmare hunted the bloody wastes of no man’s land. Seven years later, the horror reappeared, stronger, and stranger, than before. Now, it has come for the third time, more monstrous than ever, and seeking new prey… (more…)
A severely deformed man stumbles through the desert. Falls. Dies. But that is only the beginning, as the tiny Arizona town of Desert Rock is soon besieged by a horror unlike any other… (more…)
October is almost over, and I haven’t watched a single monster movie. I really need to rectify that. Tell you what – come back on Friday, and maybe we’ll watch one together. In other news, I have works in progress to discuss. (more…)
Alternative Realities have released a sneak-peek at the cover for Summer’s End, their forthcoming anthology of empire-busting stories. The art is by Marc Ducrow, and the anthology contains stories by Adrian Tchaikovsky, Sarah Cawkwell, and myself, among others.
My contribution, “The Last Song of Iranon”, is a follow-up to my 2014 story, “Mordiggian’s Due”, which appeared in Pulp Mill Press’ Libram Mysterium. It continues the adventures of Amina Algol and her ghoulish siblings in Earth’s Dreamlands. This time, they’re on the hunt for a murderous ‘ghost-eater’ in the lizard-haunted ruins of Sarnath, as he attempts to employ the talents of a mournful ghost to uncover a hidden treasure.
Why was I numbering these again? Anyway, fresh start. No numbers. Mostly because I lost count, and I don’t feel like making the (admittedly minor) effort to check back through the entries to see where I left off. (more…)
What is an occult detective, I hear you ask?
Well, Occult detective fiction has been around for a good long while, and like ever sub-sub-genre, it’s had its peaks and valleys of popularity. Combining the tropes of detective fiction with that of supernatural fiction (though often it has more of one than the other), the stories generally (though not always) revolve around a central, reoccurring investigator as well as the occasional side-kick or three. Sometimes it’s monsters or ghosts or ghost-monsters or Old Man Ferguson in his ghost-monster costume, but the implication of a supernatural occurrence always looms large in the investigation.
It should be no surprise to regular readers of this site that occult detectives are a subject near and dear to my heart. I love reading about them. I love writing about them too. Hence this post in support of Occult Detective Quarterly – a forthcoming journal of supernatural sleuths and psychic investigators, featuring fiction, articles and reviews from new and established names.
The magazine is currently running a Kickstarter campaign in order to finance the first few issues, and I encourage you to go check it out and consider pledging and securing one of the many fantastic rewards on offer. I would mention the ginormous reward where you get issue one of the magazine, plus TEN signed copies of selected works by me, for pledging $113 or more, but it looks like somebody has already snatched that one, so you’ll have to settle for something else.
And, even if you can’t pledge anything, be sure to share the Kickstarter link around far and wide! Every little bit helps.