Summer’s Ending

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 MysteriumIt 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.

Occult Detective Quarterly

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.

Regularly Scheduled Programming

I’m back.

Houses have been moved, and the necessary details shifted and sorted, to the relative satisfaction of all concerned. There are still things to be done, but nothing that’ll interfere with my schedule. In other words: I live…again.

Besides all the re-painting, re-wiring and re-grouting I’ve been doing to get our place shipshape, I’ve also finished one novel and started another, as well as completed a short story. And I’m still hammering away at a few other projects, but I’ll talk more about those on Wednesday.

Anyway, just a quick drive-by post to say we now return you to your regularly scheduled programming. Coming up next…the Occult Detective Quarterly Kickstarter! Fabius Bile! Work in progress updates! Halloween! And more!