Stick your neck forward, fearsomely

Short stories about monsters! I grew up on a diet of monsters: vampires, zombies, big bad wolves, mummies and my own local monster, the Exmoor Beast. From late night Hammer horror to Gothic literature, I loved them all. No idea why. I was just that kind of child.

When Black Shuck Books asked me if I wanted to put together a mini-collection of short stories I decided I’d revisit that first love. I’m at that kind of age, now, when we revisit things with a lot of affection and not much accurate recollection. So I went through my back catalogue of stories, and then I watched a lot of Hammer horror films again (not that I ever let too long go past without doing that), and then I wrote some new stories, and the result is called Fearsome Creatures. Five stories featuring my favourite monsters. I’ll put up a link when it can be pre-ordered, and it’ll be published on 8th October 2020.

I love the cover. It’s a grassy field. It’s soft, dense fur. You’re looking at it, and it’s looking at you. What is it? Whatever it is, there’s something dangerous waiting in there. It works very well for the stories inside, but I don’t want to give away why.

Meanwhile:

From the Neck Up. I also love this cover. So I’m a bit sad that I won’t get to see it in the flesh/paper for a while yet as publication has had to be delayed from November 2020 to September 2021. But it means this short story collection will get a bit of its own breathing space rather than being buried under all my books being published in October, and all the other books in the entire world being published all at once too.

It’s good to have things to look forward to in 2021, including Skyward Inn (advance review copies are available now, so get in touch with Rebellion Publishing if you want one) and the US edition of The Loosening Skin.

Back in October 2020, you can find me at:

Midsummer Eve

Fearsome Creatures

Greensmith

The Secret Life of Fungi

London Centric

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