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.
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…)
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…)
So, I’ve posted a new poll for Patreon patrons and potential patrons regarding what sort of stories they’d like to see in the coming year. If you’re a patron, what would you like to see for your money? If you’re not a patron, what would convince you to become one? Head over to my Patreon page and have your say.
A new month, a new story is available for patrons on my Patreon. “The Maltese Tiger” is set in 1920’s Paris, and finds Countess Felluci, adventuress and thief, at odds with a murderous society of criminals over a treasure of incalculable worth. I’ve included a brief extract below, for those interested. (more…)
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.
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…)