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Hungerpillar

Recently I conducted a poll, asking readers what sort of Patreon story they’d like to read. Sword and sorcery won by a fair margin, and I intend to start work on that story in the next few weeks, but I thought I’d give patrons a horror story involving a coffin, a pond and a county work crew to tide them over.

“Hungerpillar” is a bit of an experiment for me, in terms of plot and pacing. I wanted to try my hand at a proper weird tale, something I haven’t written in a while. Much like “The Bayonet”, it’s light on plot and explanations and heavy (I hope) on atmosphere and tension. I enjoyed writing it, and hopefully, you’ll enjoy reading it!

If you do enjoy it, be sure to check out the other stories on my Patreon page – including a number which are free to read – and perhaps leave a comment, hit the ‘Like’ button, or even consider becoming a patron.

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Is Creating Short Stories

Early last year, I decided to bite the bullet and set up a Patreon account. There are a number of reasons for this. Simple pragmatism was one. Multiple income streams are a necessity for a professional writer, these days. But I also had a desire to see if I could make it work. I’ve tried various forms of self-publishing over the years, and Patreon’s relatively idiot-proof set-up appealed to me – simple, efficient, with minimal investment, and potentially maximum profit. (more…)

Like A Tiger at His Heels

It’s December, and the last of this year’s batch of stories is now up at my Patreon. “The Second Occupant” is a Royal Occultist tale, which finds St. Cyprian and Gallowglass going up against one of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s most infamous horrors. I’ve included a brief extract below, if you’re interested.  (more…)

Cannibal Snapshot

It’s the beginning of the month – sort of – and that means a new story has dropped on my Patreon page. “Snapshot of a Chicago Cannibal, Circa 1893” was first published in 2008, in a venue which has since vanished into the mists of the antediluvian interwebs.

The story is one of my early experiments in stream-of-consciousness writing, and remains one of my favourites from that period. After some idle research into the Bloody Benders, as well as a re-read of Upton Sinclair’s 1906 novel, The Jungle, I thought the stockyards of 1893 Chicago might be exactly the sort of hunting grounds the surviving Bender would gravitate towards. As to the other predators that prowl the urban jungle -well, your mileage may vary.

While I’m not often a fan of my own work, I do think this is one of the better stories I’ve written. Why not risk a buck, and see if you agree? And if you’re looking for something cheaper, check out “The Roaring Ship”, a new, absolutely free Royal Occultist story, available only on my Patreon page.