Books, My Reviews Of Other Books, Other Sites

Some stories are simply too good to resist…

Julia Kavan’s brilliant short story is re-released today. If you missed it last time, catch it now…

Dreaming, Not Sleeping

Some nightmares are simply too good to resist…

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Excerpt

So, I’m here. There’s no turning back.

A few steps farther off the path and I will be consumed by the dark. A few steps farther and I will be embraced by the forest, wrapped in the musty smell of decay, held in its damp caress. A few steps farther and I will be lost forever.

Fallen twigs snap beneath my feet. Leaves whisper conspiratorially as I brush past. Twisted branches snatch at my face, scratch my cheek, draw blood. I press my fingers first against the wound, then against my lips, tasting the ferrous stain on my skin. I can hear my own breathing, my own heartbeat, over the wind whipping through the canopy of trees above me.
Not long now and I’ll see him. Not long now and I’ll be held softly in his arms and loved in a way I have only briefly tasted but often imagined.

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Horror, Magazines, News

I’ve been Massacred

The first issue of new horror publication MASSACRE MAGAZINE is out, and I’m not only in it but IN it.

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Open the pages of this first issue of Massacre Magazine and release a plague of darkness. Nearly thirty thousand carefully crafted words from some of today’s most promising horror writers. Bestselling author Rupert Smith talks about his first horror novel, GRIM, and the importance of community in tales of the mysterious and macabre. Matt Harrah asks Burning Questions in his flash fiction winner, and Jake Sheridan reveals what glides down mountains full of sin in his distinctive, The Voice. Marc E Fitch rolls up his sleeves for a bit of Savage Work. Talking of savage work, we have two very different twists on The Ripper theme in Paul Holbrook’s short story, Chain Me Not in Heaven, and a poem from Anthony Crowley. Jake Swan provides a warning to the desperate in There Are Worse Things Than Loneliness. Steve Emmett – that’s me 😉 – takes us to the German countryside in Head of the House, a simmering and atmospheric tale of sweet revenge. Sailing holidays will never be the same once you’ve visited Julia Kavan’s Safe Harbour, where reality and nightmare lap at the shore. Winter wouldn’t be complete without a Christmas story, but in Demon Darkling author Dana Wright provides more red than Santa’s suit. Our non-fiction contribution comes from Tracy Kuhn who takes exception to the theory that Horror is for Boys.

Massacre Publishing is something Julia Kavan and I came up with a little while ago, and if you’d like to know more about that pop over to Catherine Cavendish‘s blog where we are spilling a few fava beans and washing them down with something rather nice. Julia is our Catcher of Souls and I’m the Curator of Concepts. We also have a Keeper of the Keys who stays out of the limelight. We run flash fiction competitions and are always looking for adult horror that pushes the boundaries. You can find all the information on the website and sign up for the free newsletter: http://massacrepublishing.com/

Massacre Magazine is available for Kindle now from Amazon and will soon be in a print version and available from other retailers. Follow the website and get the newsletter to keep up to date.

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We really hope you enjoy Massacre Magazine – there are some great writers in it.

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Events, Interviews With Steve Emmett, My Books

Post-Mortem: Northampton booQfest

Even the M1 was cheerful on Sunday and we made it to Northampton in good time. Of course, Julia Kavan‘s broomstick got her there early, too (and how does she fit her husband on it? I never knew they came with a pillion seat). We’d expected a wonderful venue and were not disappointed. Being early, we had chance to look around 78 Derngate and it took me back a few years to my student days. A big thanks to all at 78 for having us.

Here I am with the talented organiser, Daniel Burrows, just before my talk on horror and before the public took their seats. Thanks, Daniel, for organising such a great event.

If you’re wondering about the music stand, it served as a lectern, and if you think it’s empty – look again; for this talk I had all my notes and Diavolino excerpts on my Kindle, and I have say it worked a treat, far better than all those cards that slip to the floor or sheets of paper that get muddled up. And I didn’t even need my glasses for most of it due to the font sizer.

When I arrived at 78 my heart sank to find a bunch of workmen right outside the front door – and below the window to our room – digging up the pavement with a pneumatic drill. Maybe Julia put a spell on them and I’m glad to say they’d gone by the time we started. Despite Julia’s glowing introduction, I couldn’t resist having a little go at her – but why she thinks crossing her fingers like that will keep me at bay I have no idea.

The audience seemed to enjoy it as much as I did, and plenty of questions – some quite searching – came from the floor. I’ll blog about some of the issues raised in a later post. Thanks to all who came, to all who bought Diavolino, especially the lady who was prompted to buy 5 copies so she can dish them out to her friends. And finally, another author in attendance who came all the way from Wales was the horror writer Catherine Cavendish. Cat has blogged already on the event and you can visit her here:

http://www.catherinecavendish.com/2012/09/the-devil-and-mr-emmett.html
Julia Kavan’s wicked report lies under this toadstool HERE.

So, who wants me next :-)?

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Dreams and Nightmares – Julia Kavan

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As a kid I read horror story upon horror story and had a shelf full of horror anthologies in my room. I hoped that one day I might have my own story included in a collection – one of those childhood dreams that I put aside for a while.  It’s taken some time I know, but I got there in the end.

Today sees the official release of the horror anthology Touched by Darkness, published by Etopia Press, including my short, erotic horror story, Dreaming, Not Sleeping. I have my copy on my Kindle already and can’t wait to dive in and start reading the rest of the stories.

 

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It was a thrill to see my name on the cover on my Kindle, and I can’t wait to hold the paperback in my hands when it is released in October!

My thanks to Steve, for having me here today and for the “For God’s sake, get on with it” words of encouragement.

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