A shiny invite dipped in blood

It has been a huge and welcome surprise to find The Loosening Skin on the shortlist for the John W Campbell Memorial Award, along with works by some of my favourite writers.  The winner will be announced at the end of June, but I’ll just enjoy these few weeks of being on the list, and going over to the site to look at it in wonderment every now and again.

I’ve reached the 40,000 word mark of the new thing I’m writing, and I know from experience that this is the bit where I decide it’s a terrible novel. Because I know this I’m going to push on through, simply because I’ve come this far and I can’t stop thinking about it until I finish it, so I’ll keep wading. This is a mentality that’s worked well for me in finishing the last four books, anyway. It makes me feel a bit like Macbeth, which is the only time I can say that:

I am in blood
Stepped in so far that, should I wade no more,
Returning were as tedious as go o’er.
Strange things I have in head, that will to hand,
Which must be acted ere they may be scanned.

Yep, it is a little bit of a horror novel.

Luckily I can still write short stories in between, which offer short-term validation when I get it right, and to that end I’ve agreed to write a story for Calque Press’ anthology An Invite to Eternity. It’s currently crowdfunding and needs to raise a little more to reach my stretch goal. It promises to be a great anthology whether I’m in it or not, to be honest, with an introduction by Helen Marshall and stories from writers such as Tim Jarvis, Naomi Booth, Camilla Grudova, and Malcolm Devlin amongst many others, so definitely worth signing up for as its already reached its target and will go ahead. I’m keen to get a copy. Here’s the link.  

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