Short Story

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.

Tasting the Dark

Weird Ales 3: Last Orders, an inebriating anthology from Theresa Derwin and Lynne M. Cochrane, is now available in paperback. Besides luminaries such as Gav Thorpe, it also includes a nasty little story by me. “Tenebrae Dark” sees a corporate headhunter find more than he bargained for in his search for the secret of the eponymous drink.

It’s a fairly quick little story, and one I wrote almost a decade ago. What can I say – sometimes it takes a ridiculously long time to find the right market for a given work.

Weird Ales 3: Last Orders is available in paperback from Amazon.com and its subsidiaries. Why not grab your copy today?

Cemetery Gun

Last week was the first of the month, and that means there’s a new short story available on my Patreon page. “Cemetery Gun” is a guns and sorcery tale of the decaying city-empire of Ossuary, and the warriors who guard its dead. The gunman known as Beckford is on the third night of his vigil, but treachery and scavenging ghuls may see him interred in the very mausoleum he’s protecting.

If that sounds like something you’d be interested in reading, head over to my Patreon page, pledge a dollar, and check it, as well as the rest of the short stories, out.

Eternal War

Black Library has released a new Warhammer 40,000 audio drama compilation, Champions of the Eternal War. With scripts by David Guymer and Ian St. Martin, it also includes “The Art of Provocation”, my Lukas the Trickster story, which appeared as part of last year’s Black Library Advent Calendar.

You can purchase Champions of the Eternal War in either digital or physical format from Black Library. Why not grab a copy today?

Neither Brute Nor Human

It’s the first of the month, and that means there’s a new short story available on my Patreon page. “The Charnel Hounds” finds the Royal Occultist, Thomas Carnacki, and his apprentice, Charles St. Cyprian, facing down a horde of starving ghouls in the trenches of the First World War.

If that sounds like something you’d be interested in reading, head over to my Patreon page, pledge a dollar, and check it, as well as the rest of the short stories, out.

Those Folk Below

Dark Regions Press has released the cover and table of contents for their forthcoming anthology, Arkham Detective Agency, a Lovecraftian-noir tribute to the late C.J. Henderson. I’m proud to say that I have a story in the book, alongside authors such as Konstantine Paradias, Sam Gafford and Glynn Owen Barrass. (more…)

Waters Dark and Deep

I’ve been remiss in mentioning that the first issue of Broadswords and Blasters is now out and available for download. Among other fine stories is my tale of sword-wielding monks and devils from the deep blue sea, “The Waters So Dark”.

“The Waters So Dark” is the second adventure of Bartolomeo Corsi, former soldier, Florentine monk and monster hunter. On the eve of the Treaty of Venice, Corsi finds himself hunting down a renegade monk and coming face to face with a horror out of the deepest recesses of the sea.

For those unfamiliar with Corsi’s previous adventures, I encourage you to dig up a copy of the Monk Punk/Shadow of the Unknown Omnibus, which includes the story “Evil Fruit”. 

The first issue of Broadswords and Blasters is available as a Kindle download. I encourage you to check it out.