Free Fiction

The Roaring Ship

It’s not quite the first of the month, but there’s a new short story up on my Patreon page. And this one is free to read, even if you’re not a patron! Just my way of saying thanks to patrons and fans alike. (more…)

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Bayonets and Chilli

It’s a new month, and that means a new short story available on my Patreon page. But wait – there’s also a new bit of free to read flash fiction by me over at Gumshoe Review. So you have options this time around.

“Murder is a Meal for Two” is my first attempt at writing what could charitably be called a cosy mystery – no ghosts or ghouls need apply. Just two quick-witted private detectives investigating a case of food poisoning that may be more than it seems. I’d like to write more with Dixon and Dorsey, if time and interest allows, so if you enjoyed the story be sure to drop a line and let me know, or even leave a comment at the site.

Over at Patreon, “The Bayonet” is as different as can be. It’s a nasty little horror story, about a shell-shocked veteran, monsters that may or may not be real and a racist bayonet with a mission. It’s probably one of the more unpleasant things I’ve written of late, so, fair warning, it may not be to your taste.

That said, it’s only a buck, so why not give it a try? Becoming a patron nets you “The Bayonet”, as well as a handful of other short stories at the moment, with more to come. Besides the one-a-month schedule, I’ll also be adding some free, patron-only content in the future, in the form of hard-to-find reprints of my earlier stories, as well as a few PDF collections for download.

Anyway, go check those out.

Christmas Bells

It wouldn’t be Christmas around here without a showing from the Royal Occultist. This year, rather than a free story, I’ve gone one better. The long promised audio version of “Iron Bells”, as performed by Richard Gough-Thomas (Charles St. Cyprian) and Ruth Narramore (Ebe Gallowglass) has finally arrived, just in time for some holiday listening.

You can listen to “The Royal Occultist: Iron Bells” below, or download it, as well as the previous audio adventure, “The Royal Occultist: Case Files”, for free from https://royaloccultist.bandcamp.com/ You can also drop a bit of money, if you like, which is always appreciated these days.

And if you’re still in the mood for some horrific holiday tales, why not check out the free-to-download digital collection, The Royal Occultist: Haunted Holidays? It includes several fan-favourite stories, including “Krampusnacht” and “The Dreaming Dead”, as well as a wonderfully pulpy cover by MD Jackson.

Vampire Weekend

It’s almost Halloween, and, to celebrate, I’ll be running a free, five-part serial over at The Royal Occultist site. “The Coventry Street Terror” finds St. Cyprian and Gallowglass joining forces with a mysterious Styrian nobleman to combat an undead monstrosity terrorising London. Part One, ‘A Curious Ailment’, went live yesterday, and Part Two, ‘Rooftop Deviltry’, will appear later today. Visit the Royal Occultist Facebook page to keep up-to-date on the serial, as well as all the other Royal Occultist-related news.

“The Coventry Street Terror” is something of a love letter to the great technicolor horror films produced by Hammer Studios in the Sixties and Seventies – films such as The Vampire Lovers (1970), Vampire Circus (1972) and, of course, Captain Kronos – Vampire Hunter (1974). Too, the influence of Christopher Lee’s depiction of Dracula will likely be obvious to readers. There’s also a bit of inspiration taken from AIP’s The Abominable Dr. Phibes (1971), which is a film that, if I’m being completely honest, has a touch more influence on my writing than it should.

And, if you’re in the mood for more Halloween treats, why not download the free Royal Occultist Halloween Special, featuring three free short stories, including “The Creature from the Abysmal Sea”, my homage to The Creature of the Black Lagoon. Go check it out.

WIP Wednesday: It’s Fine. This is Fine.

By the end of 2016, I will have written thirty-one novels, twenty-four of which have been published (and three of which never will be). I have three novels commissioned for 2017, with a possible two others to be added to that schedule.

It’s fine. This is fine. I can do this. (more…)

Grave Shine

Sam Gafford, editor for SARGASSO: The Journal of William Hope Hodgson Studies, has announced the table of contents for the third (and, sadly, final) issue over at his site. Included in the 150 + pages (!) of essays and fiction is my Hodgson-inspired story, “Corpse-Light”.

“Corpse-Light” features the duo of Harley Warren and Randolph Carter, and finds them investigating an abandoned house, overrun by strange, fungal growths, on an island off the coast of Charleston. Warren and Carter have appeared in my work before, in the short stories “The Savage Dreamer” (Innsmouth Magazine, 2011), “The Bells of Northam” (Lovecraft eZine, 2013), “Dead Man’s Tongue” (The Dark Rites of Cthulhu, 2014) and “The Briggs Hill Path” (The Song of the Satyrs, 2014).

And while you’re checking those out, be sure to grab the first two issues of SARGASSO, both of which are still available to purchase, either in paperback, as well as for the Kindle.