My latest news is that I have a story in another publication! My story “The Baby Machine” is in Flash!Mob: Into the Future: A Collection of Tiny Stories Written and Published in a Week published by Sixth Element Publishing.
I was emailed by Gillie Hatton, who runs Sixth Element Publishing who I’ve worked with before. She asked me if I wanted to write a 300 word story for this anthology. I only had two days to do it in. Actually, I wrote it in about two hours. So, I think I can claim it as my quickest story ever!
Sixth Element published this book in a week as part of the Teesside TechNExt Festival Fringe.
Flash!Mob: Into the Future is a collection of flash fiction stories where authors had the brief of Go Wild With The What Ifs. They looked at current day emerging tech and came up with some wild and wonderful 300 word stories on what could go wrong, what could go right, what could be just around the corner…
All proceeds go to develop writing in the Teeside area.
I’m just recently back from Sci-Fi Scarborough 2022, 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 https://6e.net aka Gillie Hatton & Graeme Wilkinson was having a stall there and they generously invited authors who’ve contributed to the Harvey Duckman Presents anthologies https://harveyduckman.com to come along and share some of their stall. Sixth Element was 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 very own book!
And I got to have a weekend away! Even if I didn’t see much of Scarborough itself.
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.
The Chinese have a curse, “May you live in interesting times” and it certainly applies now with all the fear, grief and uncertainty caused by the Corona virus. I’m staying at home and trying to be productive. I’ve recently had some good news about a couple of short stories, which cheered me up enormously.
The first story, “Scared of Girls,” a short horror story has been accepted by Demain Publishing for the second series of Short! Sharp! Shocks! and should be appearing sometime later this year. I’ve also been told that my story, “A Monster Met”, which is Short! Sharp! Shocks! No 7, will be appearing in print form sometime fairly soon this year. The print version will include an extra one, “Mason’s Story”, a horror story about a minor character in “Jane Eyre”.
I’ve also recently heard that another short story, “The Perfect Ham Sandwich”, a comic alternative history story, has been accepted by Sixth Element Publishing for the fifth volume of the “Harvey Duckman Presents” anthology.
I have two more stories out on submission at the moment so will update when I have further news, good or bad. Don’t hold your breath. The Corona virus is taking its toll on the publishing industry too.