Welcome to the short story section of my website. I’m a huge fan of short stories, both writing them and reading them. They’re a fantastic discipline for authors as they’re such a concentrated form. Whenever I’m between books or the book I’m working on is feeling caught, I’ll put it to one side and write a short story. It also gives me a fantastic opportunity to work in a different genre. Many of my short stories are much darker than the books and focus on the supernatural, which has in turn, informed the books as well. They can, in some instances, be a springboard for other things. Winning the Gothic Fiction Prize in 2019 really helped me in taking my career as a writer forward and finding a publisher for my books.
I’m going to use this section to talk about stories I love and some recommendations for short story collections. There are some absolutely fabulous ones out there and in recent years there’s been a resurgence in their popularity. It’s famously incredibly difficult to have a collection published, so often these will be anthologies or from very well established authors. However, there are some gems out there!
I’ll also occasionally post news about my own short stories and a few pieces I’ve been working on. I have a collection, which will hopefully be published soon, so this feels like a great start to collating that. It’s called A Rook-eyed Heart and is a collection of dark tales, some of which have been published before, some of which are new. I’m excited about this project as it represents almost two decades of work. As with most short story writers, the majority never see the light of day! So these are a distillation of all those years of work. I’ll put up a few samples of those here too.
I hope you enjoy this new section. It’s something I absolutely love.
Today was a gloriously sunny morning for my live reading of Soul Repository. This is a short story that has previously been published in Dream Catcher, a very lovely literary magazine and one I also read at Bath Lit Festival. It’s a bit of a departure for me as it’s a dystopian story, so no ghosts and not that much crime… just a little bit. I hope you enjoy it. Here’s the link to the reading.
Some of the publications I’ve had work in.
GoldDust magazine issue 35 available from here http://www.lulu.com/shop/individual-authors/gold-dust-issue-35/paperback/product-24115907.html
Between These Shores literary and arts annual Issue 2 available to buy from https://www.betweentheseshoresbooks.com/bts-literary-and-arts-annual and good independent bookshops.