A single mother believes her young son is behind a series of accidents. But is the boy really acting out violently after the death of his soldier father, or is Bryony’s abusive ex-husband trying hurt them from beyond the grave?
Two hitchhikers team up for safety after hearing reports of a serial killer on the French roads. When a married couple offers them a bed for the night, and a ride to Calais in the morning, it seems too good to be true, but all is not right at the home of Mr and Mrs Grizard.
A small town on the Arizona/Mexico border is wiped out in a night of bloody carnage. Local law enforcement is convinced that they have the culprit: an illegal immigrant who was the only person to survive the bloodshed. But new evidence suggests that darker forces might be at work.
“Even magnified they were tiny, almost comical, digging their tunnels in the soil and roaring silently whenever they encountered each other, baring mouths filled with sharp, feline fangs.”
“Not me,” she said. “No, not me.”
– A Lonely Road
I called out into the falling snow as I rounded the corner of the bottom field – the one nearest the house where the carcass of the original Victorian farmhouse still stood in one corner, just broken walls now as if it had already been picked over for carrion.
“The order from the prison engineer came through three days after she spoke to me. A limited exploratory dismantlement would be carried out before the end of the week to establish the exact extent of my inadequacy, followed by a small circuit insertion at the earliest opportunity. Of course, it carried an associated risk, but even if I wanted to object I had no choice.”
–Eugene Campbell Mk2
Phantaxis is a quarterly science fiction and fantasy magazine with both e-book and print editions, and issue 7features my sci-fi steampunk robot prison story, “My Name Is Eugene, And I Have Malfunctioned”.
As a part of the promotion for the imminent release of the Pirates and Ghosts anthology from Flame Tree Publishing, their blog features Q&As with the authors. In this second part, all the authors discuss their favourite pirate/ghost tales and/or the process they follow when writing.
Here’s my response:
I’ve been watching the TV series Black Sails lately, and I’m sure that’s been a big inspiration, but when it comes to books two really stand out for me. The first is On Stranger Tides by Tim Powers, and if you haven’t read it you should. But my favourite fictional pirate has to be Kennit Ludluck from Robin Hobb’s Liveship Traders. Kennit’s actions are persistently reprehensible, yet somehow the reader is manipulated into rooting for him at every turn!
I’ve been quiet for a few weeks, but I haven’t been lazy – I’ve got a few new story acceptances to announce as they get closer to publication. In the meantime, Flame Tree has published the first set of responses for their Author Q&A with the Pirates and Ghosts authors (of which I’m one). Find out what inspired each of the brand new stories in the upcoming anthology, to be released at the end of October (pre-orders being taken right now on Amazon).
Flame Tree Publishing, whose anthology “Pirates & Ghosts” I’ll be featured in, have two new calls for anthology submissions. “Alien Invasion” and “Endless Apocalypse” have deadlines of 29 September and pay $0.06 per word.
Go to Flame Tree’s blog for more information about submission.
My short ghost/horror/fantasy story, “Huitzilopochtli, God of Human Sacrifice”, is due to be published by Flame Tree Publishing in October, in their “Pirates and Ghosts” anthology.