I’m just recently back from Sci-Fi Scarborough, a Sci-Fi convention in the North East of England. It was my first convention up north so it was interesting to compare it to other conventions I’ve been to.
My main reason for going was that Sixth Element Publishing aka CG Hatton was having a stall there and she generously invited authors who’ve contributed to the Harvey Duckman Presents anthologies to come along and share some of their stall. Sixth Element were launching the latest volume – Harvey Duckman Presents Volume 9. Since I’ve just published Moonsleep and Other Stories, I took advantage of the offer and the chance to meet other Harvey authors.
It was great to meet the other authors and to clutch the paperback of my book in my hands. It’s the first time I’ve had a paperback of my own. It was also a thrill to sign books as an author, both Moonsleep and HDP9. I also had bookmarks to give away. Bookmarks of my book!
September is turning out to be a busy month for me. I was very excited to be asked to support the online StopHate UK Festival celebrating the 25th anniversary of the anti hate crime charity by providing something for the festival. StopHate UK works to prevent hate crime and supports victims of hate crime. I’ve recorded myself reading my short story, “The Boom Show”. This will be screened on the Stop Hate UK channel on Youtube and on Facebook Live on Monday 21 September 2020 at 7 pm (GMT) and available to view after that. More details on www.stophateuk.org
“The Boom Show” is a dystopian science fiction short story that I published recently. You could call it a Hunger Games for seniors. It was chosen as the Monthly Story Project for the British Fantasy & Science Fiction society in January 2020.
Next, I have relaunched my collection of flash fiction with a new cover and title. I’ve also added a few new stories especially in the twiterature section. It was called Dribs and Drabbles but is now called Fantastic Flash Fiction. I decided to change the name as not many people picked up on the pun and I realised I was trying to be too clever, a no no when choosing a book title. I love the new cover and hope everyone else will too.
Harvey Duckman Presents… Pirates Special 2020 will be launching on 19th September 2020, National Talk Like A Pirate Day. I’m proud to say that my short story, “Tully and the Pirates” is in that select collection. This time, Tully is on the sea and encountering all sorts of interesting and terrifying people and creatures.
And last but not least, the Kickstarter campaign started today for the anthology, Fairytales Punk’d. My story, “Mirror in Her Hand” is one of them and I love the promotion material for it. Here’s one below.
Time for an update. I’m pleased to announce that my short horror story’A Monster Met’, no 7 in the Short! Sharp! Shocks! series, is now available in print on Amazon. It also contains a bonus short story, ‘Mason’s Revenge’, a horror story about a minor character in Jane Eyre.
I’ve been told that Volume 5 of Harvey Duckman Presents will be coming out this month. My short story, ‘The Perfect Ham Sandwich’ is in that one. I’ve also had a short story, ‘Tully and the Geese’ accepted for Volume 6 of Harvey Duckman Presents. That volume should be coming out some time this year. The publishers, Sixth Element Publishing, aim to get two to three volumes out every year.
I’ve also had a short story, “Mirror in Her Hand”, a dieselpunk version of “Snow White” accepted for the Fairytales Punk’d anthology. Very excited about that.
I’m still waiting to hear the fate of a couple of other short stories that I’ve submitted. Fingers crossed.
Time for an update on what’s been happening with my stories since the beginning of the year.
I’m sorry to say that my short story, Moonsleep wasn’t published as the British Fantasy Society’s Monthly Story Project for January 2020. I was told it had been delayed. I’m trying to find out when it will be coming out.
I’ve had a short story, Mirror In Her Hand, accepted for Facebook’s Fantasy and Science Fiction Authors’ Support Group anthology, Heroes and Villains. The expected date of publication is 1 April 2020 but I expect that this may be subject to change. Mirror In Her Hand is a modern adaptation of the Snow White and the Seven Dwarves fairy tale.
I thought it was time for an update on my short stories published or soon to be published.
I’m pleased to say that my very short story, Chimera, has been published in the September edition of 101 fiction, a website for 100 word stories plus a title (hence the title of the website). The theme for this edition is Books. Find it on http://www.101fiction.com.
It’s been confirmed that the anthology Harvey Duckman Presents Volume 3 will be published 0n 31 October 2019 by Sixth Element Publishing on Amazon. mybook.to/HDP3Halloween! My short story, “Tully and the Ghost” is appearing in the anthology. https://6e.net/harvey-duckman-presents/
This isn’t a story but I’ve also had an article about the differences between historical fantasy and alternate history fantasy on Mark Hayes’ blog https://markhayesblog.com
I haven’t had any further updates on when the anthology Emerging Horizons will be published. My short story, “The Mysterious Mr. Fox” will appear in that one. Nor do I know yet when my short story, “Moonsleep” will be featured as the British Fantasy Society’s Monthly Story Project. Hopefully, it’ll be soon. I’ll let you know as soon as I do. https://britishfantasysociety.org