Thursday, 28 October 2010

Happy hauntings

Just in time for Hallowe'en, a new story of mine, The Fiend in the Clouds, a slice of Victoriana noir, finds its way onto the Run Riot site, where I will be guest editor in a week or so. It's quite a carnivorous with not a veggie in sight. There are salmon, quails' eggs and spiced ham though. Tasty. If it's historically accurate enough to please Faye Booth, I'll be a happy bunny.

The above picture is by William Blake, who is in the background of the story. I hadn't seen this particular etching before, but it's a surprisingly good fit.

Run Riot will also be publishing Annabelle's Birthday, another seasonal tale of mine; this one about strange happenings in Brockham on Bonfire Night.

Friday, 22 October 2010

Fiction Uncovered

Fiction Unovered, a new lottery-funded site aimed at promoting mid-list authors, launches today, with support from retailers including Waterstones and Foyles. The lead illustration from the site (also shown here) is by my mate and yours, pen and ink illustration specialist Johanna Basford.

Wednesday, 20 October 2010

Working the line

For those interested in this sort of thing, a piece of mine has just been published over on Futurebook, The Bookseller's digital-oriented blog. It's mainly aimed at publishers, but might be of interest to some of you lot. Also good if you like old pictures of American prospectors.

Monday, 18 October 2010

So, pumpkins

We should be talking about them, right? Given the time of year and our vegetable-related monicker. Also marrows, various squashes, sweetcorn and those gourd things (possibly inedible). Oh, and apples too. I had stewed apple and custard last night. I saw some pumpkins, but haven't eaten any yet.

In other news, I'm still alive.

Okay, let's take it a bit more seriously then. Top horror short stories? William Peter Blatty did one about a group of toys that was rather freaky. Anyone know what it was called? Fifty points available.